Posts Tagged ‘animals’
“Pesticides highlighted at annual Insect Fear Film Festival” Growing up as a kid in Ohio, I had the chance to enjoy the wealth and abundance of insects everywhere. We lived in a rural area bordered by soybean or corn fields and there was always plenty of opportunities to investigate bugs and wildlife. Remember my story of the Praying Mantis
My stories go on from there like the time I decided to pick up a field mouse, he/she was not to happy with me and of course bit me and I had to find it and take it in for testing. I also had the chance to attend a few years of Boy Scout camps and loved hanging out in the nature buildings. I also had the chance to get involved with the Ohio Game Warden program, I loved hunting and never got into trapping but I was always fascinated with all outdoor stuff.
So our stories lead us into our fears, mine has always been spiders but others have fears of other things like snakes or being attacked by wildlife etc. So instead of staying indoors and worrying about those things, take a chance and get into nature. Look down and check out the little things or come and visit Arizona. See the cactus and the wonderful homes they make for a lot of animals – birds, lizards, tarantulas and the rest.
The other day I rounded the entrance to my cul-de-sac and two coyotes ran out in front of my truck. This isn’t the first time that I’ve seen a coyote but is does concern me about the pets in the neighborhood. I live in the City of Phoenix, not in a rural section but a established community that has been there since the 1980′s. So why would there be coyotes in this section of the city? Coyotes thrive just about everywhere in the U.S., I think because it adapts and will eat almost anything.
Coyotes are most active at night and early morning, when there is little interaction with humans they may hunt throughout the day. I think they look cool and are similar in general appearance to a dog such as a collie. But remember they are wildlife not pets, do not feed them it will only cause more issues.
So what can you do to prevent them from frequenting your home or backyard, I’ve seen them jump gates over 6 foot high? Installing higher fencing can help but adding this may not serve to prevent that ambitious or mischievous one from getting in. If you live on a farm or acreage with animals, you may have to get serious and install electric fencing or change the property. There are also noise machines, lighting and the use of a good size dog may be enough to scare them off.
Most of us conjure up images in our minds when someone mentions rats, but after seeing these pictures how can you think bad of rodents any longer? “16 Ridiculously photogenic rodents.“
My favorite picture is #4, just goes to show you that everything feels safer with a stuffed play toy.
OK back to serious stuff, these pictures are from pets not true wildlife. So how can you keep rodents from getting into your home?
- Home -seal
- Check and repair screens
- Check and repair weep screens
- Check door for tight seals, replace seal and also check door sweeps
- Seal all holes, especially around pipes going into the home
- Don’t accumulate trash around your home
- Keep trees trimmed and away from your home
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So just the other day I wrote about frivolous lawsuits and this story is another of the absolute “what is wrong with people stories”? In my business we often have to dispatch things, the methods used are not always the nicest but I also don’t get a thrill out of just killing things. If given the chance I would rather move the critter to another location, we move snakes and critters its not always their fault that they thought your home was a nice tree.
This FaceBook thing also has gotten out of hand, people are posting things that I really don’t want to see. My postings are relative to what I do and I don’t want to see some girl standing at a river throwing puppies in, I think God will get her back for that (Karma). “Chicago man tortured, killed rodents, posted the videos to Youtube.”
So again I ask, lets think before we post – the key word here is THINK please. I do realize that I may be somewhat hypothetical, I do kill things but I’m also not showing pictures of my work. I did an article awhile back on hunting and trapping – “Wildlife trapping” and I truly believe hunting and trapping is better for the animals then dieing a slow death from hunger or over population. But torture for torture sake of any living thing is wrong, again my opinion.