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Nesting barrels are made out of 35- and 55-gallon food-grade barrels, are mainly installed under hay sheds in agricultural areas, and are used for larger owls. We install a minimum of six nesting barrels at each site. Barrels provide a permanent space for owls and/or an alternate supplemental space if their nesting nearby gets destroyed. Great horned owls and barn owls utilize these structures. Barrels should always be food grade. Each active nest takes out more than 100 rodents a week during nesting season and utilizes the structures all year with adult owls hunting over 1,000 rodents a year.
Wooden nests are used for smaller predators such as screech owls and kestrels. We install these in trees in residential and commercial areas and install a minimum of three at each site.
Basket nests need to be quite large, made out of willow, sturdy, reinforced with coconut fiber, and filled with mulch. They are used for great horned owl nesting and get installed in large trees.
Contrapest rodent sterilization is a non-restricted pesticide that anyone can purchase over the counter. It stops reproduction of bait-resistant and trap-shy rats. Rodents have a short life span, and if they ingest enough chemical, it will essentially sterilize both male and female rodents without affecting the predator species. Rodent birth control works great in chicken coops, attics for roof rats, and around maintenance sheds.
Insects are attracted to high-frequency bright lighting. The brighter the lights, the more insects you will attract. spiders will gather for an easy meal. Homeowners get freaked out. Poison is sprayed, which kills only what the lights are attracting in the first place, and in return the now-dead bugs at the doorstep attract larger pests to the area such as rodents, frogs, and snakes.
Changing the frequency of lighting and/or using motion sensor lights decreases insect draw, decreases the secondary pest poison brings in, helps keep our stars bright, and also keeps poison needs down.
Pocket gophers can decimate a five-year-old orange tree in just a matter of weeks. The animals live mostly underground and only eat the roots of plants. Bait never works on them, and if bait is foolishly used, it hurts beneficial predators because non-target species ingest the bait.
For residential properties, we offer property evaluations and classes on how to trap your own gophers with your own traps so you can best handle the situation.
Small areas must be sealed in order to keep pests out. The inconspicuous areas where you can see light under your front door, or the small gaps where cable wires run from the outside, or underneath sinks where the plumbing pops through the floor are all known insect entry points. A rat can fit inside anything the size of a quarter, and a mouse can fit in anything the size of a dime. Avoid a pest control program that focuses on poison without doing any type of exclusion. We do not recommend these. A good rodent control program focus on removing attractants, sealing off entryways, and increasing beneficial predators,
The more help we have, the more habitats we can build, the more wildlife we can save, and the happier we will all be. Thank you for your help!