How to Keep Squirrels Out of Bird Feeders

Approximately 52 million people nationwide enjoy feeding birds and other wildlife in their backyards. With so many birdfeeders, it’s no wonder that squirrels have decided to take part in the banquet as well.

Not only do squirrels enjoy dining at your bird feeder, but they can also teach other squirrels …

How to Prevent Squirrel Damage

At some point, you’ve probably glanced out your window and noticed a squirrel scurrying up a tree, dashing across a power line or contentedly gnawing on an acorn. While these furry, rodent-like creatures are certainly fun to watch, some other squirrel activities aren’t so amusing.

Squirrels are notorious for raiding …

Health Risks for Animals Around Plants

Health Risks for Animals Around Plants

Those rabbits, squirrels and other critters that hang around your backyard can do much more damage than just eating your plants, flowers and vegetables. Some of these wild animals can potentially be carrying disease that could threaten your health, as well as that of …

Growing Fruits and Berries while Keeping Unwanted Critters at Bay

Have your ever thought about how great it would be to have a backyard brimming with fresh fruits and berries? Perhaps you think creating a small backyard orchard would be a huge project that you’re not quite sure you’re ready to tackle.

By taking some time to learn more about …

How Weather Affects Animals in Your Yard

Unlike humans, animals don’t have the luxury of curling up with a good book next to the fireplace on a cold, rainy or snowy day. Although many animals are blessed with fur coats and other natural features that protect them from the elements, it doesn’t mean they enjoy being wet …

Attract Birds, Not Squirrels!

Birds can be delightful visitors to your yard. Not only are they relaxing to listen to and watch, they also provide additional benefits for your property, such as snacking on harmful insects that could destroy your garden.

While birds certainly appreciate your gesture of giving them food, so do other …

Found an Abandoned Baby Animal? Now What?

Over the course of more than three decades as an animal control professional, I’ve received countless calls about what appears to be a neglected or abandoned baby wild animal. In most cases, it turns out that the animal is not truly abandoned, but has been left alone by its mother …

Acid Rain: Preventing its Damage can Lead to other Issues

Acid rain occurs when sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, which are typically produced as a manufacturing byproduct by industrial plants, are expelled into the atmosphere. These contaminants combine with precipitation and are absorbed into the soil when they reach the ground. While acid rain is more common in urban areas …

Protecting Your Campsite from Wild Animals

There’s nothing like the great outdoors to provide a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A camping trip with your family is an excellent way to relax, unwind and bond with nature. However, an unwanted late night visit to your tent from a skunk, raccoon or …

The Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Wild Animals

Remember how much fun it was to go to the neighborhood park to feed the squirrels or pigeons when you were a kid, or to feed the animals at a petting zoo if the rules allowed? And if you’re a parent, there’s nothing better than to see the expression of …

Can You Have a Squirrel as a Pet? Meet Our Pet Squirrel Boogie

Can you have a squirrel as a pet? I know some people who use Havahart® Critter Ridder® to repel squirrels, but I’d rather have these cute little guys as pets! My step Dad found a baby squirrel; the mama ran off and left it. So we made a pet out …

How to Keep Squirrels Out of the Garden

How to Get Rid of Squirrels

Wondering how to keep squirrels out of your garden, yard or home? From spring through winter, any time of year is open season for squirrel problems. In spring and summer, squirrels can destroy a garden in a matter of days. Squirrels are known for …

My Ground Squirrels Are Enjoying Their New Home!

We have a huge ground squirrel problem. I thought they were cute and let them live on our property even though they were causing sinkholes in our back field. I loved watching them run around the property. My favorite squirrel would go out to the dirt/gravel driveway and start rolling …

From One Cucumber to a Full Crop

Two years ago, our son asked me if I could help him build a garden. My wife has gardening experience but in a completely different climate, so my son and I started reading up on how to go about building and then growing his garden. We put literally hundreds of …

How to Keep Squirrels out of your Garden

You probably don’t give much thought to a squirrel when you see one scurrying about in your backyard, but they are truly amazing little creatures. They can run at speeds up to 20 mph, and the positioning of their eyes allows them to see behind them. No chance of sneaking …

To My Surprise!!

I bought a Havahart trap a few months back. I had this annoying chewing noise under my home.I put out rat traps,my nephew checked under the house for me and found nothing.After not getting a full nights sleep for about 2 weeks.I gave in and bought a Havahart trap.I set …

What is that sound in the kitchen?

The cat is suddenly sitting up next to me quite alert.  The cat begins to quiver.  The sound in the kitchen gets louder.  Scratching.  Some kind of whining.

I walk out cautiously.

It is a squirrel.  I run back into  my office and grab the cat and bring her with …

Humane Animal Control Is Possible

We’ve weeded and hoed . . . we’ve trimmed and pruned . . . we’ve created yards and gardens that just ask you to sit a spell and take it all in. Of course, these havens are also quite attractive to wildlife! I’ve seen the damage these critters can do …

Keeping Score: How to Catch Squirrels with Peanut Butter

I put up a bird feeder this past winter and was delighted, not just by the birds that fed at the feeder, but at what I dubbed the” ground crew” – birds such as juncos and Bewick’s wrens that ate the seeds on the ground. Then the squirrels invaded and …

WOO HOO!!!!!!! It’s gone!!!!!!!!!

After all the storms we had over the past couple months, apparently some roamers chewed through one of my vinyl siding vents over top of my garage. A week ago my neighbor pointed it out to me. I boarded up the vent immediately and the following morning when I went …

Squirrels and Bird Feeders, The Fight Begins

Now, I am a true nature lover and watching the animals that visit my yard has delighted my whole family this winter. But those darn squirrels!! I put out corn for them – separate and far away from my bird feeders. And guess where they end up? Trying to get …