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There is food, water and shelter in your garden for virtually any wild animal that dares to come close. Your garden is home to a wealth of food, some of which you will have left behind accidentally, and some of which will be there naturally. Seeds that grow from trees, such as acorns, will be picked up by passing squirrels. Your bird feeder is perfect for birds, but also for squirrels, and also raccoons and skunks. The food that falls from the bird feeder to the ground is perfect for most wandering wild animals, particularly during the spring when they will have young mouths to feed, and also during the fall when the animals will need to fatten up before winter comes.
Most wild animals enjoy bugs, insects, worms and beetles. If you live close to water, you may experience a bat infestation every year. This is because the bats tend to eat a lot of bugs that live near water, such as mosquitos. If you have insects in your garden, which 100% of all gardens do, you will likely attract a wild critter from time to time, that’s just the way of the world.
As well as natural food sources in your garden, there are also food stuffs that you will have left behind, usually by accident. Garbage bags are usually filled with leftovers from dinner, or maybe even leftover cat and dog food. These might not be suitable for animal / human consumption, but that doesn't mean they’re not suitable. Scavengers, such as raccoons, opossums, rats and mice will very much enjoy making a meal out of the stuff you throw out to the trash.
If you have other animals in your garden, such as chickens, you will want to ensure that you’re storing the food for them securely too. Grain-based foods are particularly enjoyed by rats and mice, and other animals will come for a closer look too. Foxes, coyotes, raccoons, and even stray or neighborhood cats and dogs have all attacked chicken coops.
The most common types of animals that eat your garden are all animals. We’re talking small critters like mice and rats, right through to much bigger animals, such as foxes, coyotes, and more. Owls, eagles and hawks can attack from above, and you’ve got squirrels and raccoons scampering around in the trees. Bats and flying squirrels, as well as birds and pigeons, may come in from above, and that’s before you look at the various other animals that likely live in the same state as you — groundhogs, skunks, snakes, moles, armadillos, geese, woodpeckers, beavers, voles, gophers, porcupines, otters, rabbits, alligators, and even deer. The more knowledge you have of the animals you're living with, the more of an idea you’ll have of what they might be looking for once they come into your garden.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How To Guide: Who should I hire? - What questions to ask, to look for, who NOT to hire.
How To Guide: do it yourself! - Advice on saving money by doing wildlife removal yourself.
Guide: How much does wildlife removal cost? - Analysis of wildlife control prices.
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