Putting Out the Unwelcome Mat

Wildlife damage is an increasing problem due to expanding human populations and loss of wildlife habitat. Wildlife often finds our yards and gardens as rewarding substitutes for lost or changed habitats.

The key to living with wildlife is learning to understand them.

Mother Nature controls wildlife populations through the availability of food and shelter. Animals are opportunistic, and will take advantage of any source of food and shelter. Understanding the feeding habits, seasonal cycles, reproduction and other behavioral patterns will help you develop a strategy to prevent wildlife damage and live with wildlife.