The Chipmunks You Don’t Want to Hear Sing

When your bird feeders are raided or tipped over, and your vegetable garden shows evidence of chipmunk activity, the last thing you want to do is listen to them sing about it. Instead, you will probably react like Donald Duck did in all those Disney cartoons where his house and …

Why Do Deer Rub Trees?

Depending on the type, a tree can live for hundreds – even thousands – of years. But the actions of one relatively docile animal can kill a tree long before its time. When a deer rubs bark off a tree with its antlers, the tree is injured, and if the …

Facts About Opossums

The North American opossum, also called the Virginia opossum, is the only marsupial native to the United States. They are commonly (and incorrectly) referred to as “possums,” but this name actually belongs to a marsupial species that lives in Australia. There are other misconceptions about our unique American animal, which …

Nutria – An Animal You Will Be Seeing More Of

Described as a river rat or giant swamp rat, the rodent known in North America as the nutria originally came from South America, where it is called the coypu. Imported over a century ago for its fur, it has since become a native pest, causing particularly extensive damage to the …

Where Do Raccoons Live?

Raccoons may look cute and cuddly, but behind those friendly faces are destructive creatures that can ruin gardens and crops, cause damage to home and property and potentially be a danger to pets and children. Raccoons are savage fighters with sharp teeth and piercing claws, and they will eat just …

How Animals Survive in Winter

Have you ever wondered how animals survive during the cold winter months?

Animals use one of three coping mechanisms to deal with cold, snow and food shortages. Animals in winter may:

    Migrate: Migration means moving, and some animals move with the changing seasons. By moving from cold areas to warmer

A Yearlong Guide to Animal Control

Some of us think of critter control in terms of keeping animals out of the garden or off the lawn during the warm weather months. But in fact, an animal invasion can occur at virtually any time of year. Some animals are even brazen enough to enter your home during …

Identify and Get Rid of Poisonous Snakes in Your Yard

 

You’ve come across a snake in your garden, woodpile, or anywhere else around your home, so the first question you need to get answered is whether it’s poisonous. The second question—regardless of the answer to the first—is how to get it to go away. Good news: You don’t have …

What You Need to Know About Leprosy and Armadillo Control

Armadillos have rarely been described as cute or adorable, and they’re usually not anyone’s idea of a great pet. But until recent years, these small, armored tank-like critters were thought to pose little threat to humans — other than their annoying habit of digging up yards to construct their shelters …

Fox Facts

You’ve probably heard that foxes are sly, sneaky, crafty and cunning. I’m here to tell you that it’s all true! While foxes are beautiful doglike creatures, they can wreak havoc on your property. Foxes are nocturnal and usually travel alone. You might never actually see a fox, but you’ll certainly …

Mice vs. Rats

I get lots of calls from people who think they have a mouse problem in their home, when it turns out they actually have a rat infestation on their hands. In some cases, the opposite is true. What they believe to be rats turns out to be larger species of …

How to Catch a Muskrat

If you don’t live near a body of water, you probably won’t have too many worries about muskrat damage. Muskrats are semiaquatic creatures that need access to a slow-moving or standing water source to survive and thrive. Most of the muskrat issues I’ve had to deal with over the years …

Facts About Muskrats

Without a doubt, the feature I enjoy most on our property (aside from my vegetable garden, of course) is the beautiful pond that lies at the edge of our yard. During the summer months, I’ll often sit by the pond for hours at a time while reading, watching the wildlife …

What’s a Vole?

Every gardener has to deal with nuisance pests such as rabbits, deer and raccoons at some point. While I’ve become an expert at spotting signs of wild animals over the years, such as chewed leaves, broken stems and droppings, I didn’t know what to think when I noticed what looked …

Raccoon Facts

I’ve waged a lot of battles against rogue raccoons over the years. These masked bandits are smart and resourceful, making them one of the more challenging adversaries for an animal control professional. Raccoons will eat just about anything; they’ll also help themselves to the plants and vegetables in your garden …

Rabbit Facts

Oh, those rascally rabbits! While bunnies rank high on any list of the world’s cutest critters, they’re also a gardener’s worst nightmare. When you consider that one pair of cottontail rabbits can start a bloodline that produces 350,000 baby bunnies in a five-year period, it’s hard to imagine how any …

Interesting Facts About Groundhogs

Other than waiting to hear whether that world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow every February 2, you might not give these little critters much thought. But if groundhogs have invaded your property, you’ll need to find a way to get rid of them before they cause extensive damage. …

Feral Cat Facts

What are feral cats? I frequently get calls from homeowners who believe they have a stray cat problem on their hands, when they culprits are actually feral cats. While stray and feral cats may look the same, they are quite different in terms of behavior and temperament. A stray cat …

Dog Facts

It’s hard to remember a time in my life where I haven’t owned at least one dog; we currently have three, and we’re seriously considering adopting another puppy from the local humane society. While we’ve never had problems with our dogs digging up our yard and doing their business in …

Facts on Deer

Deer damage is a constant problem in the animal control business. With deer populations on the rise in many parts of the U.S. and a shrinking number of deer habitats, it’s no wonder that I get many calls from property owners looking for help with getting rid of these delicate …

Interesting Chipmunk Facts

When you consider their cool “racing stripes,” chubby cheeks, large round eyes and the cute way they scamper about, it’s no wonder chipmunks are the movie stars of the rodent family! Unlike Alvin and his pals, real-life chipmunks aren’t quite so entertaining if they decide to make your backyard their …

Facts About Beavers

When I was a little girl, my grandmother frequently used the expression “busy as a beaver” to describe the way I would spend endless hours weeding and pruning in her garden. I never fully understood what that meant until many years later when I had the opportunity to watch beavers …

Fun Facts About Armadillos

If you live in one of the warmer climates in the United States, particularly in the Gulf Coast region, you may have to deal with an armadillo problem at some point. Armadillo literally means “little armored one” in Spanish, an appropriate name when you consider the critter’s tough, leathery shell …

The Dangers of Feeding Raccoons and Skunks

My Aunt Jan is a kind-hearted soul who never met an animal she didn’t immediately fall in love with. When she told me she had been feeding the raccoons that had seen scampering across her backyard, I certainly wasn’t surprised.

You’d think Aunt Jan would have learned her lesson after …

How Skunks Spray and Other Skunk Spray Facts

If you’ve ever been in an area where an agitated skunk has recently sprayed or, worse, been the target of a skunk spray attack, I don’t have to tell you that the aroma is … memorable. Throughout more than 30 years as an animal control professional, I’ve had more than …