Your yard is landscaped into a paradise for backyard wildlife. One day, you are startled at the sound of a loud THUD!  Apparently, cleaning your windows can have an adverse effect on nature. Who knew? The National Audubon society has some tips on how to deal with wildlife around your home. We have included our own recommendations to help you handle them as well!

Windows 1, Birds 0

Many of us have seen a bird fly full speed into a window on a clear day. It catches us by surprise and to say it is unnerving is an understatement. Sometimes birds survive this ordeal, recover groggily, and fly off. Other times, the birds aren’t so lucky.  Some die on impact or while they are stunned on the ground. It is difficult to watch and unfortunately there isn’t much we can do immediately that will change their fate. There are several things we can do to prevent the bird vs window chronicles. Keep feeders at least 30 feet away from windows or reflective glass. There are decals you can buy that disrupt the reflection for birds. If the problem happens often, you may want to consider completely covering the windows with a one way decal. This will make the window no longer reflect an image at all. Lastly, you can also hang wind chimes near the windows. The motion, the noise and the disruption in the reflection by the chimes, together in perfect harmony actually prevent window strikes.

Predators on the Ground

Landscaping means different things to different people. Whether you are planting flowers, installing a pond or adding in some bird feeders, inviting cats or dogs to your yard probably wasn’t something you had in mind. You also likely don’t want a raccoon coming by to grab a fish snack from your koi pond. PetSolutions has a great item to help with that! A Scarecrow is a non harmful way to discourage animals from being where they aren’t wanted. This would work well for both raccoon and cats, to keep them away from a pond or from a particular feeding area. In extreme cases, the use of a netting material over a pond may become necessary to keep out predators is the situation worsens.

Spreading Disease

When the population of birds feeding in a back yard wildlife oasis increases, one is very likely to have birds who are sick mixed in with the healthy population. Also, the possibility exists that the humming birdback yard could be the cause of certain illness if conditions in the feeding areas for birds aren’t kept clean. In these feeding areas there will be quite a bit of waste from bird poop building up, as well as having things happen like seed becoming moldy when it sits around too long without being eaten. It is important to take down your feeders from time to time and give them a thorough cleaning when needed. Use a light solution of bleach water or dish washing soap to clean the feeders or even better a dedicated cleaner such as Poop Off, and clean up excessive amounts of empty seed husks or spilled seed on occasion to help prevent the spread of disease.

Doing these few things can help keep a homeowner enjoying the yard that they have put so much time into without having to spend  a fortune to make it happen

About The Author John Flynn

John is the Live Deliveries Manager at Petsolutions, and has 20 years of experience working in the pet care industry specializing in live fish, plants, corals, and reptiles. Outside of PetSolutions, John enjoys photography as well as outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.

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