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Mole Fun and Interesting Facts

Moles are fascinating animals. They are small pests that have 4 fingers and 2 thumbs to help them dig tunnels in the earth's soil. Even though they are a small nuisance animal, they can make a lot of damage to lawns. Here are some more interesting facts about moles. 1. Moles paralyze their prey with toxin, in their saliva, to store them in underground larders that they have created in the tunnels. Earthworms are one of mole's prey and before they eat them the worm's body gets squeeze out to rid of the dirt. 2. They have poor eyesight. Their eyes are covered in fur and are very hard to locate. Since their eyesight is poor, they use a special scent sensor on the tip of their nose to locate the

Something Small Can Make A Big Mess

I love watching the history channel when archaeologists find secret tunnels that was made hundreds of years ago. Did you know that many homeowners actually have secret tunnels on their properties as well, but it's not the hundreds of years sort of tunnels that is found nor wanted. These tunnels are made by moles and can run all throughout the property without anyone even knowing until it's too late. Moles are little mammals with long bodies, velvet fur, and short limbs with large and powerful paws. Those paws are for digging and more digging. They have 4 fingers with 2 thumbs and can breath underground for an extended length of time. These nuisance animals can cause a lot of damage to farm l

DIY: Keeping Groundhogs Off Your Property

Groundhogs also known as woodchucks are large rodents in the northern part of the U.S. They are known for digging large tunnels to hibernate, live, bring up their offspring, and hide from predators. The tunnels these animals dig can be up to 5ft underneath the top of the ground and 45ft wide, up to 5 different tunnels. These nuisance pests don't mind digging under fences, sheds or even the foundation of your home. Here are some tips on keeping groundhogs away from your yard. 1. Plug the holes to the tunnels that the groundhog has built with cement. You would need to plug all the holes except one so the groundhog can use it to escape and not be left inside. Once you see that the groundhog has

Bats Are Quite Interesting

Today's society has put bats to be affiliated with vampires. Well, determining if vampires are real or not is questioned; however, bats are quite real. They are very interesting animals. Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about bats. 1. Bats can live more than 30 years. 2. They fly at speeds up to 60 mph. Wow, that's as fast as most speed limits. 3. Bats have bad vision since their eyes are small and poorly developed. These smart animals locate their food by sending out an inaudible high pitched sound which is 10-20 beeps per second, then they listen to the echoes. 4. Bats can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour. Some bats play an important role as pollinators by e

What's Living In My Yard?

Anyone who has a yard could possibly come in contact with a groundhog. These creatures have different names such as: woodchuck, groundpig, whistlepig, and chuck just to name a few. They are greatly known for their digging. Groundhogs like to make tunnels (burrows) underneath the surface to live in. They use the burrows for sleeping, taking care of their young, and hibernating. The burrows usually have two to five entrances giving groundhogs means to escape from predators. They can be found up to 46ft on tunnels buried up to 5ft underground. Groundhogs are one of the few animals that has a true hibernation, so they build a seperate burrow for this purpose. There could be a possibility that ot

Copperhead vs Black Snakes

There has been a big increase of the number of copperhead snakes seen this year already. Even though those snakes are on the rise within the area, don't be fooled by snakes that may look like copperheads. Stories have been told by old timers that a dangerous crossbreed had accrued between the copperhead snake and a black snake. This is not true. The is no possible way the copperhead and a black snake can mix. Let me tell you why. The chromosomes of a black snake differs from those of the copperhead in which the snakes come from a different species of the snake family. Also, the copperhead gives live births while a black snake lays eggs. However, there are many non venomous snakes which do lo

Cleaning Up After Nuisance Wildlife Pests

Nuisance pests like raccoons, squirrels and bats don't ask for permission before moving into a home. They chew on things to build their home and leave a huge mess once they are escorted out of your home. However, their mess needs to be cleaned. Why, you ask? That is a very good question, one that I will explain for you. Raccoons, squirrels, bats and any other wildlife pests know how to make a mess. Raccoons and squirrels can tear up air ducts, pipes, wires, insulation and anything else they can either chew with their teeth or claw with their razor sharp claws. Once wires are exposed, there is a potential for a fire which can be a catastrophic loss. Air ducts and insulation can be costly to r

Facts About Bees That You May Not Have Known

Bees are like the sweet and sour bear like you've seen on t.v. They make the most sweetest liquid that we all know so well, honey. However, if they feel threatened or bothered, their stinger will get you. Here are some facts that you may not have known about bees. 1. A honey bee can fly 15 miles per hour up to 6 miles. 2. The reason why wasps are so aggressive is the venom contains a pheromone that causes the other wasps to react that way. 3. Honey bees are the only insect that produces food for humans. They are responsible for pollinating 80% of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S. 4. The largest bumblebee is found in Argentina and Chile. 5. The male carpenter bee does not

Facts About Rattle, Cottonmouth, Water, Copperhead Snakes

Here are some interesting facts you may or may not have known before about our slithering friends. 1. The cottonmouth snake got its name from the milky white interior seen when the mouth is wide open during defensive poses. 2. Baby rattlesnakes are more venomous than adult rattlesnakes due to they don't have any control over the amount of venom that is injected. 3. Copperhead snakes freeze in its current position when it's caught unaware. Since the snake doesn't flee, that's why the bites are most common. A person who steps on it or around it doesn't know the snake is there because it has frozen in position. 4. Baby snakes are on their own once born. There is no staying in the nest or near

Helpful Tips For Encountering A Snake

The temperatures are finally getting warmer and the days longer. I've noticed on social media that people are putting more and more posts out trying to figure out what snake they have just run across. Snake sightings are actually earlier this year than they typically are seen. Here are some tips of how you should behave if you happen to encounter a snake. 1. Stay on the trail/path if you are hiking or taking a stroll in the woods. Avoid rocks and logs due to snakes like to hide under these areas. Also avoid tall grass because a snake can be easier seen if the grass is kept maintained. Know your surroundings. 2. If you happen to come across a snake, even if it's not venomous, stay calm. You

Snakes: Harmless or Not?

As we progress into warmer weather, everyone starts stay outside more and enjoy the nice temperatures. However, we are not the only ones who likes warmer weather. Snakes start to venture out as well. This year they are being seen earlier than in previous years. While we are enjoying the pleasant days we may come across a snake and a lot of people wonder if it is venomous or not. Each species of snakes has their own markings. A rattlesnake has rattles in its tail to warn predators away. A copperhead has a copper, brown, or red shovel head. A water snake has dark bands down its body. The easiest and fastest way to determine if a snake is venomous or not is that venomous snakes has vertical pup

Busy Buzzing Bees

The warm weather is here!! The trees, grass, and flowers are blooming which brings that yellow powdery stuff, pollen, that gets everywhere. Even though we don't like pollen; however, bees are attracted to it. Have you ever wondered what good are bees besides just making honey? Bees are known to be a huge provider of our food source and they beautify the planet. There are many different species of bees; however, only 4,000 out of 25,000 worldwide are found in the U.S. The 4,000 is subdivided into just nine families of bees. One family everyone is familiar which is the Apidae family consisting of the honeybee, carpenter bee, and bumblebee. They will build their nests anywhere: inside house v

 

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