Mountain lake properties and houses in the Big Bear Real Estate market are filled with a variety of unique neighbors but some of the most unusual neighbors are non-human. These full-time residents from the forest include animals, birds, reptiles and insects.
On quiet nights you might hear the chortle of the water fowl, hoot of an owl, or the howl of a coyote. Most residents loved the natural ambiance and the enchanted evenings filled with this symphony by nature. However, a few species of critters can actually turn into trashy neighbors if you are not careful.
Since wild animals tend to live where there is food, water and shelter, taking steps to adjust your lifestyle patterns so your mountain property doesn’t tempt the wildlife is a good first start.
Bears, raccoons and other critters live in the area all year but are seldom an issue. However, without proper precautions they can become a problem. This is why we thought it would be important to mention that a few behavior patterns to help keep the trash contained, your garden intact and critters out in the forest.
As a general rule of thumb, avoid putting garbage out the night before pick-up. Instead, take the trash receptacles out the same morning and make sure to use sturdy containers that can be securely sealed.
Frame trash cans within small fence so they cannot be knocked over, or consider enclosing them in a garage or shed until trash service day.
If you do have a problem with neighborhood pets or bears, consider purchasing animal proof containers.
Feeding birds attracts other animals but using deterrents on feeders, such as baffles or weight-activated treadles, helps to keep squirrels out of the feeders.
However, if seed accumulates on the ground, you’ll soon find rodents and raccoons.
Using thistle seed and safflower, instead of sunflower seed and corn, will attract song birds but can help reduce attracting mammals.
Avoid leaving any pet food or water outside, be sure to clean up spills and bring everything in overnight.
Also use caution if you decide to try and compost your food scraps and be sure to keep any outdoor grills clean.
Gardens are wonderful, but if fruits and vegetables will attract critters. Harvest all ripening fruit and take steps to animal proof any growing areas.
For instance, constructing barriers above, around and below your garden or landscaping is one way to animal proof. Use fencing, enclosures, or wire netting to help keep rabbits, gophers, voles and deer from nibbling.
Common sense will do a lot to ensure that you maintain a peaceable kingdom and keep wildlife where they belong–in the wild.
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