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4. Attracting Animals
While this may seem a strange topic to some gardeners, there are many gardeners who need help controlling pests in their gardens and would like to help from wild animals to save their gardens. How will you attract certain animals into your garden? What type of animals can give you the most help in controlling pests? Let’s talk a little about how to get these animals to help you in your garden to control pests.
If you are having a major problem in your garden with insects and crawling bugs you may want to think about attracting bats to your garden to help you manage the population. One of the first things you need to do is ‘make a home’ for the bats to live or roost. While this can be difficult it is not an impossible feat. All you have to do is give them a home that is warm. Bats need a temperature that is about 80 degrees to 110 degrees Fahrenheit to survive. If you are constructing a small box or bat house next to your home or garage, you need to keep the bat house warm, pretty much air tight when they get in the house so far, and it needs to be kept chemical free. Paints and stains can harm or kill bats. If it is possible to keep the bat house in a location that is sunny and warm in the morning you most likely will be able to attract bats. Once the bat take up in their new home, they will have a feast in your garden and you will notice your insects’ levels decrease.
Another way to get rid of those pests and insects in your garden is to attract birds. While this is not the only way to attract birds, here are a few quick tips in attracting birds. One of the first things you need to do if you really don’t have much woods surrounding your garden is to install a few birdhouses that fit your garden theme. Birds are always looking for a place to roost and to rest, and in your garden they can find a feast on your pests!
Other ways to attract birds to your garden to help you control pests is to plant a few fruit bearing plants or shrubs in your garden. A few of these bushes are mulberry, silks and gray dogwoods, honeysuckles and Virginia creepers. You can also plants ornamental pear trees, blackberry bushes, raspberry bushes and elderberry bushes to attract birds to you area. Besides being great for attracting birds, you might like to eat some of these berries yourself! If you want to attract birds to you garden to stay over the winter months you can use climbing vines, thorny bushes and evergreens to protect them from the weather. These types of environments offer them shelter and a great nesting space.
Whatever type of small insect or worm you are tying to fight with chemicals and sprays, most birds can help you with and it won’t cost you anything!
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