Sowing Seeds – Attracting Wildlife
I love having birds in my gardens, don’t you? They’re so beautiful, fun to watch and even listen to. Plus, no matter where we live they add a real sense of nature. This is one of the reasons why I love being outside and my love of camping. What better way to be closer to nature?
This is the main reason why I, and many others, decide to set out bird feeders whenever we can. As well as ensuring us a wide array of breeds, this can be a real help to local populations when it’s cold outside. In areas of colder weather food is scare. Providing a heated water supply is so important! Since melting the snow/ice takes so much of their precious energy to melt that they can be used for staying warm.
An unexpected issue is that feeders often attract more than just the birds we’re aiming for. But, the fact is, many of our bird feeders can lead to pest problems. Rats and squirrels seem to have a radar for free food, and appear not long after it becomes available. It has happened to us, especially in fall as the weather cools down. Don’t hesitate to contact a pest control company who can help you to keep this under control. After, take the following steps to ensure the same doesn’t happen again.
Move The bird feeders
Often, we see bird feeders close to our homes. This makes sense if you want to see the birds we’re attracting. It isn’t unusual for us to see them hung above patios. Some opt for a more natural setting and place feeders under trees and in other hidden places. But, both of these options can attract pests because they are squirrel friendly. Certainly, a feeder in the trees will attract bushy tailed interest. And, one closer to our homes could coax rats from their hiding places. Instead, I try to put our bird feeders out in the open. Somewhere in the middle or outer sides of your garden would be so much better.
Keep the floor clear
Squirrels undoubtedly scale our bird feeder with ease, at least they sure do on mine! See Mr. Squirrel chasing the bird away! But, mice/rats will usually come along when food falls to the floor since they aren’t able to climb a pole. Which is why it’s a good idea to keep the ground clear. If the seed isn’t there, the /mice/rats won’t come and is relatively easy to do. That’s why many bird feeders come complete with trays on the bottom for this exact reason. It’s also possible to buy trays which will do the job. It may even help to sweep up at the end of each day to be on the safe side.
Think about storage
Another thing to consider is where do we store our seeds? I know I’ve kept mine out in the garage or a shed. But is this our best option? Garages/sheds can be the ideal hiding places for rats, especially if they know the food is around. Our Ginger certainly knows it is…since she stalks them so! Not to mention that squirrels will stop at nothing to reach those boundaries. If possible, keep our seeds inside. Mr. C and I use an old, larger popcorn tin to store ours in. It’s just inside the back door and easily accessible. If you don’t have space inside try using metal bins which the rodents can’t get into.
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I love taking care of the wildlife in our gardens since they provide us so much fun to watch them. It’s also a great feeling knowing I help make their lives easier by providing food (sowing seeds) and fresh water supply.