Deer, itself, pose no threat
- it's the deer ticks that you need to watch out for. Deer ticks are the primary
transmitters of Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection associated with flu-like symptoms,
muscle aches and (if left untreated) permanent arthritic, cardiac or neurological
damage. Remember your pets can also get Lyme Disease. It's wise to take precautionary
measures (sprays, collars, etc.) especially during high-risk seasons from May
until early October.
If you find a fawn, don't touch it. Mother deer are
very wary of human scents. If she senses foreign smells, she may abandon her young
and then won't you feel badly. Chances are the mother is closer than you think.
A doe only leaves the nest in order to avoid attracting predators back to her
defenseless offspring. It will return periodically throughout the day to check
on the fawn.
These nocturnal creatures would love
to know what's in your garbage bag. Even if you tightly seal the bags in a garbage
can, these rascals are still likely to make a mess. Do yourself a favor - don't
invite trouble. Put your garbage out on the day of pick-up.
may use parts of your home as a den. If you find a family in your attic or chimney,
don't panic. The family will move out in a few weeks. If you must evict them,
do it at dusk. Mother raccoons won't endanger their young by moving in the daytime,
even if harassed.
First, scatter ammonia-soaked rags in strategic locations.
Then, shine a lamp in their vicinity and blare the radio or TV. Raccoons are attracted
to dark, quiet settings. Once the family leaves, make sure to seal up the entrances
with mesh screens or plaster. If you happen to see a raccoon in the daytime, don't
be surprised. Raccoons sometimes come out to explore, especially the younger ones.
Consider yourself lucky and enjoy observing its antics from a distance.
Only if you notice unusual behavior should you be concerned. If it shows signs
of disorientation, screeching or paralysis, call your local wildlife control authority
If a skunk pays you a house call, it's
usually because it's hungry. So, unless you want to see it again, don't feed it.
If the skunk isn't bothering anyone, the best thing to do is leave it alone. Skunks
can actually do more good than harm. Skunks eat mice, rats, beetles, wasps, grasshoppers,
aphids and grubs. The skunk will usually move on once it's out of food and your
house is cleaned. To make sure it's gone, sprinkle some flour or saw dust on the
floor from time to time to see if your unwelcome houseguest has left.
to Some of the More Dangerous Critters
Well, not really, but these animals
definitely require more care and attention...
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