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PostHeaderIcon “Hoo’s” in your Garden this Halloween? Get NWF Certified!

It’s that time of year again where some wildlife gets a “bat” rap. But, as it turns out, critters like spiders, owls and bats can be quite beneficial to your backyard habitat. Interested to learn how?

Owls: Welcome these silent, stealthy hunters to your yard and they’ll provide superior rodent control, as well as fill your yard with their hauntingly beautiful hooting. Old trees are a favorite habitat of owls, but an owl nesting box can work just as well.

Spiders: Though they may strike fear in the hearts of many, you really shouldn’t fear them unless you are a garden pest. Spiders will protect your beautiful yard from plant eating insects and protect you from annoying bugs like mosquitoes. Thank them by putting down thick mulch for them to hide and spend the winter in.

Toads: These helpful hoppers are often associated with witches in folklore. Welcome your friendly neighborhood toad to your yard and he’ll thank you by eating up to 10,000 insect pests over the course of an average summer. You can purchase a “toad abode” or simply half-bury a ceramic pot in your yard to attract these helpful amphibians.

Snakes: They may never live down their scary reputation, but many snakes can be a big help in the garden. Harmless species like garter snakes prefer cool, dark places to hide to prey on insects, slugs and even rodents.

Bats: Did you know all 40 species of bats in the United States are beneficial to people? Most feed on insect pests and some even help in pollination. A bat house placed 12-15 feet off the ground can entice these flying friends to take up residence in your yard.

Once you welcome these spook-tacular wildlife friends to your yard or garden, be sure to certify it as an official NWF Certified Wildlife Habitat® site to begin receiving all of your great benefits!  All you need to do is provide wildlife with the four elements essential to their survival:  food, water, shelter and places to raise young. I did something similar to this a my old house. It was for just birds though. We used to get a lot of things in the mail for doing it. It is really something fun to get involved in.

Happy Halloween!

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