Watch Out For Wiarton Willie’s Friends!
The sun is shining and the air carries the unmistakable smell of the budding season. She took her time this year but spring has finally sprung! The squirrels race by, the birds sing and the proverbial stork has taken flight – oh yes, spring is wildlife baby season! And what do new parents do when it’s time for a baby? They nest!
If you’d rather wildlife species not set up house in and around yours, follow these useful tips:
- Conduct a thorough walk-thru of your property. Pay special attention to porches, attics, roofs, chimneys, dryer/other vents and garages. Winter elements are tough on building materials so be mindful of damage that may have worsened due to excessive snow and ice.
- Pay attention to your home’s details – was that wood rotting last year? Has that crack or crevice always been there? If there is a way into your house, raccoons, squirrels and their rodent friends will spread the word and join the party!
- Animals use forgotten furniture and overgrown vegetation as stepladders onto your roof and into your house so discard debris and prune tree branches.
- To wildlife, food is food – even if it comes from your garbage can! Invest in wildlife-proof disposal bins and don’t skip garbage day!
- If you’re lucky enough to see some action in your garden – pick ripe fruits and vegetables quickly. Let them sit and wildlife will have a buffet to munch on! Consider installing motion sensors and timed sprinkler systems. The motion sensors will deter intruders (furry and otherwise) and the sprinklers will keep anyone from getting too cozy!
For more tips on how to effectively deal with wildlife, please contact your local wildlife rehabilitation centre.
Hats off to you
To all kind-hearted and hard-working people at SPCA: hats off to you. I love animals and admire the work you do.