Wildlife Problem-Solving

Want more wildlife in your gardens or other habitat project areas?  Have too much hungry wildlife munching on your plants? Or maybe everything’s just right, but you found what appears to be an injured or orphaned baby animal and are wondering what to do?  Never fear, we have the answers to your wildlife management questions!  Be sure to visit our More Habitat Project How-To’s page which lists excellent state-specific resources for dealing with nuisance wildlife, planting to attract certain wildlife, effective methods to protect projects from wildlife damage, and more.

Solutions for Nuisance & Problem Wildlife

Rats, Mice, Pest Insects: Safer Solutions

Mosquito Deterrents!

Mosquitoes can breed in any water that stagnates for just two or three days, but a properly maintained water source will not provide suitable mosquito habitat.  Follow these tips:

  • Keep it clean: Regularly change the water in birdbaths and miniature pools (like saucers for amphibians to soak in).
  • Keep it moving: Bubblers or fountains can be either solar or electric-sourced and will eliminate mosquitoes by keeping water from becoming stagnant.
  • Avoid pesticides and mosquito spraying: These are often highly toxic to honeybees, fish, and small aquatic organisms.
  • Add “mosquito dunks” or “mosquito bits”: These can be purchased at most local home supply & hardware stores, garden centers and online. They consist of Bacillis thuringensis (Bti), a bacterium that is toxic to mosquitoes but is safe for wildlife and people. Sprinkle the bits or float mosquito dunks in standing water, such as a birdbath.
  • Add fish: Fish will eat mosquito larvae in your container pond. Just be careful not to add store-bought fish to natural waterways, as some may be invasive.
  • More Tips on Controlling Mosquitoes without Killing Pollinators

“Pest” Resistant Planting

Attracting Wildlife to Your Habitat Project

See a Pool? Save a Critter!

Do you or someone you know have a pool? Is there a pool in your community? Frogs and other small creatures frequently jump or fall into swimming pools, then the steep, slippery sides prevent them from being able to climb back out and they drown.  Consider using a Frog Log device to provide an effective exit strategy - created by a Chesapeake Bay region wildlife biologist!

Injured or Orphaned Animals: What to Do