Animals & Wildlife

Molehill in a yard.

How to Deal with Moles in Your Yard

Moles can cause damage to lawns, but there are steps you can take to reduce the problem.

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Dog-Proof Plants for Your Yard

Kim asks, “Are there any plants that are dog-proof? We have a large flower bed that keeps being killed by our dogs.”

While no plants are 100% dog-proof, read on for some suggestions and tips that can help.

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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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Vole in yard near plants

How to Deal with Voles (Field Mice) in Your Yard or Garden

Voles, a.k.a. field or meadow mice, are little brownish grayish rodents that can cause damage to your lawn or garden; including vanishing bulbs, gnawed bark, crippled roots, nibbled stems, and pathways in the lawn. Read on for some tips on how to control voles in your yard.

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Squirrel at bird feeder

How to Keep Squirrels Away from Your Bird Feeder

Few things are more frustrating than being continually outwitted by a squirrel on a mission to steal food from the bird feeder in your yard. While I can’t offer any guarantees, if you follow the tips below, you should be able to stop squirrels from raiding your bird feeder, so you can get back to bird watching. Read on to find out more.

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Baby robins in a nest of soft grass

How to Attract Birds to Your Yard with Nesting Material

If you enjoy watching and helping the birds in your yard, try putting out some nesting material in early spring to make your yard more bird-friendly. You can buy nesting material for birds, or make your own. Read on to find out what to use and not to use for bird nesting materials in your yard.

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ultrasonic electronic pest control device

Do Ultrasonic Electronic 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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Hummingbird moth at flower

Hummingbird Moths in the Garden

One summer afternoon, I was doing what I do best – enjoying some down time – when I heard the telltale buzzing of a hummingbird around my butterfly bush. Or was it? On closer inspection, I discovered that it wasn’t a hummingbird at all, but it sure looked like one! Read on to find out more.

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