The fact that you are reading this blog means you like nature. Your outdoor interests may vary but one thing many of us have in common is that we enjoy watching wildlife. Watching birds, deer, turkey, and yes, even opossums and skunks, fascinates us. The way they gather food, find shelter and frankly just survive is entertaining and intriguing. Another fact I am relatively sure of is that we don’t want these animals making our homes their homes.
Woodpeckers harvesting grubs from behind our rough cedar siding can cost us hundreds of dollars. A skunk nesting under our porch can result in a sleepless night and a very smelly wardrobe. Learning about why animals do what they do and when they do it can arm the homeowner with the knowledge to make some changes that will result in everyone breathing a little easier.
The Missouri Department of Conservation offers a number of publications on nuisance wildlife and how to deal with many of the most common situations. There are also wildlife conflicts workshops where homeowners can learn to build one way doors, set live traps and outsmart the raccoon who has made your attic their home. Contact your local MDC office for more information or sign up for an upcoming class. Discover the nature of animals to better live with and enjoy the wildlife around your home.