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KEEPING BIRD FEED RODENT FREE

Bird feeding, when done properly, should not attract rodents. Mice and rats are attracted to a certain location, not because of birdfeeding, but due to conditions that they prefer. These include easy access to garbage, pet food, debris and improperly maintained waste storage areas.
Follow these simple steps to help keep feeding areas rodent free:
1 PUT FOOD IN A FEEDER.
2 Food scattered directly on the ground can be attractive to rodents.
3 DON’T OVER FEED.
4 Put out only as much food as the birds will eat in a day.
5 AVOID DISCOUNT SEED BLENDS
6 Tthey may contain large amounts of cereal grain fillers, which the birds don’t like to eat and usually end up on the ground. Instead, feed good seeds such as black oil sunflower, striped sunflower, safflower, sunflower chips, peanuts and good millet. Ground-feeding birds should be offered good seed in a tray or platform feeder.
7 ADDING A TRAY OR SCREEN below feeders to catch falling seed can help eliminate ground spillage.
8 USE BAFFLES TO ELIMINATE EASY ACCESS.
9 Hang baffles above the feeder to protect against roof rats and squirrels. Pole and post baffles help keep rodents from climbing up into the feeder.
10 KEEP FEEDING AREAS TIDY.
11 Sweep, rake, or clean-up spilled seed and seed husks at least once a week.
12 STORE SEED PROPERLY in a metal or heavy plastic container: not inside your screened lanai but in a closed shed or garage.
It has been said that feeding the birds is “nature's therapy.” With today’s hectic, high-tech lifestyles, there are few activities that all ages can enjoy that are as calming as watching the antics of wild birds. Feeding the birds is relaxing, entertaining and educational. It's a great way to bring people and nature together.
Trent and Katie at WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED would be happy to answer any questions concerning this or any other nature-related issue - just stop by the store at 7382 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.


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