Animals & Wildlife

When Hummingbirds are Migrating to Your Area

The arrival of the hummingbirds is one of the highlights of spring. Most years, they surprise me, zipping around the yard before I’ve even thought about hanging out my feeder. As spring moves northward, so do the birds, following the above freezing temperatures and spring blooms. Here are some resources and a handy chart to help you get ready for hummingbirds in your yard.

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5 Ways to Protect Koi Fish During Freezing Weather

Brett asks, “During this latest cold snap, my koi fish pond has threatened to freeze over. What should I do?”

Ice by itself is not dangerous to koi. The danger is the reduced oxygen and increased toxic gases from the sealed water surface. Read on for more.

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How to Prevent Damage to Door Weather Stripping

Dogs and cats are pretty smart animals, and some have figured out that if they scratch on a door, someone let them in. Watch this video to see how to replace weather stripping on a door and prevent future damage.

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Cat climbing on Christmas tree

How to Keep Pets Safe from Your Christmas Decorations

It’s a wonder cats and dogs can contain themselves at all at Christmastime, with all those climbable branches, swattable glittery baubles, and scented chewable branches! But there are some things you can do to keep your pets (and decorations!) safe this holiday season.

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Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellents Really Work?

Ultrasonic electronic pest and insect repellent devices claim that their high frequency sound waves are intolerable to rodents and insects. However, simply plugging one of these devices in probably won’t end your pest woes. Read on to find out more about the effectiveness of electronic pest repellents.

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Bird seed

How to Keep Mice, Rats, and Squirrels Away from Bird Feeders

Mary Lou asks, “We love feeding birds, but they drop seeds on our balcony which attracts mice and rats. What can we do to keep rodents away?” Birds and rodents both love to eat seeds. Try these tips to discourage rodents from your bird feeder.

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Homemade bird feeder baffle on pole

Do It! How to Guard Your Bird Feeder from Squirrels and Raccoons

While feeding birds is a popular pastime, feeding squirrels and raccoons is not.To keep the furry critters away from your bird feeder, make a DIY guard from a piece of stovepipe.

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Overgrown yard full of prime tick habitat.

How to Prevent Tick Bites and Control Ticks in Your Yard

While spring brings sunshine and warm weather, it also brings ticks. When the weather heats up and outdoor activity increases, so do tick bites. Ticks carry and transmit diseases, like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Read on for tips on how to avoid tick bites and control ticks in your yard.

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