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By: Admin    April 23 2018 , 11:59 am
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Category: Gardening , Animals
Guard Your Garden!One of the biggest headaches any gardener will face when they start to see success is furry little thieves. Although adorable, creatures like deer, squirrels, groundhogs, rabbits, and moles will eat and destroy your hard work. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to try and prevent this.The first step is to identify what animal the invader is. A fence is a good option for keeping critters out, but if your animal problem is deer, they can jump right over the fence. If your garden has squirrel invaders, they can simply climb over fences. Look for tracks and patterns specific to the animals in your region that match the ones in your garden. Once you have figured out what creatures are causing mayhem, you can plan your next move!Fighting with FencingPutting up a fence will keep out critters such as rabbits and other small mammals. Making the fence taller could at least make it ...
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By: Admin    April 03 2018 , 09:30 am
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Category: Seasons , Animals
Spring is in the air! New life is emerging and old life is waking up. Familiar friends such as bunnies, fawns, and robins make their appearance, but less welcome creatures do too.Warm weather months marks one of the most active times for ticks, along with other pesky insects. This time of year also marks the end of hibernation for numerous animals including snakes, bears, and bats.TicksFlies are not the most welcome house guest, but they are nothing compared to the deer tick. Adult ticks come out of dormancy when the temperature goes above 40°F. They’re primarily active from March to mid-May. Deer ticks bring Lyme disease with them which can possibly affect your skin, nervous system, heart, and joints. Symptoms will typically start to appear within 30 days and the disease can be transmitted to both you and your pets. When spending time outside this spring be sure to check you and your pet thoroughly...
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By: Admin    December 05 2017 , 02:09 pm
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Category: Seasons , DIY
Keep Your Industrious Hives Safe through the ColdProper preparations for winter can protect your bees during the frigid months to come. With some proactive planning, beekeepers can protect their hives and help them thrive through the winter.Why Do Bees Die in the Winter?Whether it is freezing temperatures, lack of food stores, or deadly diseases, bees have a hard time during the colder months.There are numerous reasons hives will suffer over the winter. Rapid drops in temperature can kill bees before they make it back to the safety of their warm cluster in their hives. Excess moisture in hives can collect and drip down on the bees, and when temperatures get cold enough, the damp bees will freeze to death. Bees’ food stores can dwindle, mice can invade the hives, and deadly diseases or pests such as varroa mites or small hive beetles can infest a hive. Luckily there are ways to protect your hive ...
Tag: bees , winter , pests
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By: Admin    November 16 2017 , 12:57 pm
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Category: Animals , Nature , Garden , Videos , Advice
All About SkunksSkunks are often teasingly maligned throughout popular culture. Whether as the insufferably romantic Pepe le Pew cartoon character or an army of skunks in the family comedy Furry Vengeance, skunks are not exactly known for being man’s best friend.In reality, skunks are very friendly creatures that only spray their signature smell when they are threatened. Most of the time, skunks enjoy being around humans. According to Slate:    It is the skunk's confidence in that potent defensive weapon that makes its personality appealing. The critters, the size of a     small cat but with a wider rump and a bit of a waddle, are the opposite of aggressive. Most of the time they're curious,     playful, fearless, and calm (though in late winter, mating season, the males go haywire). A devil-may-care attitude does not     ...
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By: Admin    August 28 2017 , 11:32 am
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Bees pollinate one out of three bites of food that we eat. All humans eat, so all humans should be aware of the current dangers to bee health. In 1945 there were over 4.5 million bee hives in the world. A 30% decrease each year in beehives has left us with only 2 million hives. Yet there has been a 300% increase in crops that require bee pollination since World War II. In areas of the world where there are limited numbers of bees, farmers now painstakingly pollinate their crops by hand. Over fifty types of fruits and vegetables depend upon bees for pollination, including almonds, berries, apples, celery, mustard, sweet potatoes, and watermelon.Pesticides: A Silent Threat?Some of the threats to bee health include diseases, parasites, and pesticides. There are many organizations, such as Bayer Bee, working to preserve the pollinators of our nations. Diseases and parasites like the varroa mite are the num...
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