Comments (92)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Stephen Davies

I want to take more time on stuff for the garden. What you said on areas of shelter and water sources has sprung up some ideas. I wrote an article on attracting wildlife a little while back. A birdhouse that was in the family for a while was stolen many years ago...??? Who steals birdhouses anyway?? I have a spacious garden that takes visits from birds during late Spring. Robins have hopped around looking. Maybe a birdhouse is a good idea.

   
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Kathy Farnsworth

PM, thank you for your correction, cayenne pepper. We live just north of Denver in a fenced suburban, golf course community. We did originally buy 3 sets of the battery operated traps. Each lasted a few weeks and they got too expensive to keep replacing. The neighbor behind us was feeding her dog outside and I did talk to her about the rats. I've learned to recognize the small hole and we now dig in a paver stone when we find a hole. I no longer place kitchen scraps in my composter, and I moved my bird feeder to the front yard with a seed catcher. We haven't seen a rat in 6 months and my fingers are crossed they will not my yard a haven this summer.

   
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
P M

@Kathy Farnsworth, you don’t need to replace the zappers. Do you mean replace the batteries? Batteries last for just a few zaps, it’s true, but that doesn’t mean the batteries are dead. They can still be used for other purposes because they still hold a lot of charge. The zappers just need full power.

   

Related Stories

Native Plants 101
Learn what they are, where they are and why we need them
Full Story
Create a Container Wildlife Habitat for Hummingbirds and Butterflies
Don’t let limited space prevent you from welcoming wildlife into your garden
Full Story
Why, When and How to Plant a Tree
Trees add beauty while benefiting the environment. Learn the right way to plant one in your outdoor space
Full Story
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Weeds in Your Garden
Use these techniques to help prevent the spread of weeds and to learn about your soil
Full Story
15 Native Flowers That Attract Butterflies
By picking plants from this list that are right for your location, you’ll get colorful blooms and support pretty pollinators
Full Story
How to Grow a Modern Pollinator Garden
You can have a minimalist design and bees too by massing thoughtfully chosen pollen- and nectar-rich flowers
Full Story
12 Ideas From Stunning Fall Gardens
From highlighting dramatic foliage to showcasing luminous grasses, here’s how to make the most of your garden this season
Full Story
4 Tips for Creating a Small Garden That Welcomes Wildlife
Win over birds, bees, butterflies and neighbors with these design strategies
Full Story
What to Know About Birds Nesting in Your Yard
Learn how to observe, record data and help ornithologists with NestWatch’s citizen science project understand bird trends
Full Story