Animal Advice



Armadillos are known for their unique armored shell. Armadillos are prolific diggers and use their sharp claws for digging dens and for food such as grubs.

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Beavers are known as the engineers of the animal kingdom and can live up to 25 years in the wild. Their expertly constructed dams can lead to the flooding of homes, roads and crops. 

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There are approximately 10,000 different bird species in the world and several species may even be taking up residence in your yard right now. 

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Stray or feral cats are a growing issue in the United States. Conservationists argue that feral cats contribute greatly to the killing of songbirds and other endangered birds, with estimates that bird loss is at 100 million a year due to predation.

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Chipmunks are cute little critters and members of the rodent family. They are usually inoffensive yet can become quite a nuisance. Chipmunks can ruin landscapes by digging holes around your lawn and gardens.

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Do you love watching deer? Yes, they are beautiful creatures but they can also cause extensive damage by feeding on plants and rubbing antlers against trees. Your own home landscape may become the major source of food for these critters around your area.

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Stray dogs can cause havoc on your property by digging in your flower beds and defecating on your lawn. Dogs can be quite destructive, as well as put your family and pets at risk for disease and injury. 

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Foxes can be destructive as they often cause property damage when searching for food. They prey on chickens, destroy gardens and raid garbage cans in search of a meal. 

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Gophers are destructive diggers that can cause major problems for homeowners. They excavate underground tunnels and burrows by using their sharp claws and teeth, which can lead to extreme property damage. 

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Groundhogs can remove 700 pounds of soil to complete a 20 to 25-foot-long burrow with multiple chambers which pose a serious threat to agricultural and residential developments.

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Moles are destructive diggers that can easily dig burrows and tunnels that create headaches for homeowners. Moles have hand-like claws that allow them to easily cause such damage to your lawn. 

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Mosquitoes often choose humans as its food source and in return leave an itchy, red welt. They can make outdoor living miserable, and people want to keep these biting, disease-carrying pests away. 

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Mice can carry a wide variety of diseases transmissible to humans. A very real problem with the infestation of mice is the Hantavirus which has been a threat in the arid southwestern part of the country.

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Muskrats live in wetlands and are very good swimmers, using their tail for propulsion in the water. Extensive burrow systems are dug in the ground adjacent to the water with an underwater entrance.

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Opossums are opportunistic omnivores with a very broad range of diet. Their unspecialized biology, flexible diet and reproductive strategy make them successful colonizers and survivors in unsettled times.

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These little critters can do considerable damage to flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs any time of the year, especially in places such as suburban yards, rural fields and tree plantations.

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Raccoons are at the very top of the list of critters out to destroy your vegetable garden. If you do not have a garden, then perhaps raccoons may find their way to your trash cans, curbside garbage or bird feeders.

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Food contamination by their urine and feces is one of the major problems humans face with rats. Rats contaminate huge percentages of agricultural produce each year and have been known to contaminate food such as popcorn.

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Shrews are rodents that resemble mice, with the exception of their long, pointed snout. Shrews can damage your property by gnawing on roots, trees, and contaminating outdoor food sources with their feces and urine. 

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Skunks provide more of a benefit than people think. They eat many insect pests that cause damage to your lawn and garden. Problems arise when they make homes in and around your home and when they spray.

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Most people aren't thrilled when they find a snake lurking in their yard or garden. While most snakes do not pose a threat to humans, there are venomous species that contain poison.

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Squirrels have become a plague on birdfeeders throughout the country. Havahart® brings you many tips to help control these little critters and offers a variety of repellents and traps that are both humane and effective.

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Voles, also known as meadow mice, are often mistaken for the typical house mouse. Gray in color, the most notable difference is the vole's much shorter tail.

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Weasels are relatively small mammals that can create headaches for homeowners. Once weasels target a food source, they tend to stay in that area to satisfy their hunger. 

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