We've compiled a list of tips, reminders, and other handy information that every seasonal property owner should keep in mind. If you have any questions or ideas for future content, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Tips for Discouraging Unwanted Wildlife
We all love to see wildlife here in "God's Country," but with efforts to attract wanted wildlife, we sometimes attracted unwanted guests as well. Here are some tips to assist if you have unwanted wildlife visitors at camp.
1. Repair holes or loose boards at camp that could allow access to unwanted wildlife. For small holes, use caulk, wire mesh or expandable foam.
2. Wire screens placed over vents can help keep wildlife out.
3. If you have a deck or porch, use a fence or barrier to prevent animals from getting underneath it.
4. If you have a chimney, keep it capped for the season.
5. Keep your property free of table scraps, pet food, etc. Cover and secure compost piles. Never compost meat scraps.
6. If you find a rodent problem, take care of it immediately. They'll attract even more unwanted guests.
7. Clear your yard of pet waste daily.
8. Bring bird feeders inside at night.
9. Keep your outdoor grill clean and, if possible, bring it inside when not in use.
10. Clean up debris (branches, leaf piles, etc.) in gutters and around the foundation of your camp.
11. Use metal garbage cans and keep them in a secure area. Secure the lids with bungee cords.
12. Use environmentally friendly and safe products to deter chewing, digging, climbing, etc.
These household items can also help deter unwanted wildlife:
Chili Powder - Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili powder, is a nontoxic irritant that affects all mammals. Sprinkle it where wild animals are frequenting.
Ammonia - Use this OUTDOORS ONLY to deter skunks, raccoons, opossums and other "nuisance" creatures. Spray ammonia onto areas wildlife finds attractive.
Objects that move and make noise can frighten unwanted wildlife, so they'll avoid your camp. Use a fan, radio, or even balloons.
There's nothing better than sitting around the campfire at night! Be sure to keep your campfires safe by following these tips.
1. Build your fire pit away from low hanging braches, bushes and brush. Keep a 10 foot area around the fire clear.
2. Keep flammable items far away from the fire, including aerosol cans and pressurized containers.
3. Keep water handy so you can control the fire as needed and put it out.
4. Start your fire right so it will develop at a safe and controllable rate. Start with kindling and build the wood into a teepee shape around it. Add larger, dry pieces as it grows. Avoid using flammable liquids, as your fire can quickly and easily get out of hand.
5. Be sure the fire is OUT COMPLETELY when you're done. Throw water or dirt on the fire until it is completely extinguised. Then stir the embers to ensure another fire won't start. Coals should be wet and cold to ensure the fire is safely extinguised.
And remember, DO NOT bring firewood from home. Get your firewood locally in "God's Country" to prevent importing diseases and pests to our beautiful area.
And don't forget to bring the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate bars!