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February is Bird Feeding Month

Come feed the little birds, show them you care And you’ll be glad if you do Their young ones are hungry, their nests are so bare All it takes is tuppence from you” – Tuppence – Mary Poppins

John Porter, (R-IL) read a resolution into the Congressional Record which proclaimed the month of February, National Bird Feeding Month. The reason behind this is to help the birds survive the harsh winter months by providing them food, water, and shelter. It also brings families together to enjoy the hobby and helps adults relax in a high stress lifestyle. Plus it gives children the opportunity to get off their electronics to learn about nature.

There are also bad ideas on why not to feed birds near your home. Birds can settle in an area and become dependent on a feeder but if something happens to the feeder the bird will not survive. Another bad idea is that the feeder can attract unwanted animals. Those animals can attract other animals which can start a chain reaction of unwanted wildlife residing in your home. Once animals know there is abundant food, the animal will build their home nearby which can be your attic or crawlspace. Let me give you a visual... once feed is in the feeder squirrels can start to appear and since there is a scent of rodents around, snakes will start to appear. Soon you will learn you have a petting zoo in your own backyard and residing in your home.

It is your preference if you would like to have bird feeders; however, if you hear noises in your attic or crawlspace give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184. We do a thorough inspection which includes locating the entry point, removing the animal(s) in your home, prevent these pests from re-entering, and talk with you about the remediation process. We will be more than happy to work with you side by side for you to not have unwanted wildlife living in your home but able to enjoy bird feeding.

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