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Protection From Animals
Cats that are left outside to roam, kill millions of birds each year. Birds that feed or nest on the ground are especially vulnerable.
These needless deaths could be prevented if cats were kept indoors -- this is also extremely beneficial to the cat too, since studies show that cats that are kept indoors live longer, healthier lives than those who are mainly outdoors.
If keeping the cat indoors is not an option for you, we recommend you to use a cat repellent, such as the Hahavart® Critter Ridder® - Motion Activated Repellent or Critter Ridder.
Seeds that fall to the ground from a feeder will sometimes attract rats and other rodents. You will need to remove the feeder for several weeks so the rodents will leave the feeder area.
Then, you should consider purchasing a large enough catch tray or building one to catch the falling seeds as a good solution -- just be sure to keep the tray clean so diseases from bird droppings don't infect the other birds. A live trap is a humane way to control rodents in your backyard.
Believe it or not, bears can be a problem for bird feeders in quite a few states.
Sometimes simple solutions such as bringing feeders in at night, keeping your birdfeed supply inside, and cleaning up any spilled bird seed are your best preventative weapons against these large predators.
The Hahavart® Critter Ridder®- Motion Activated Animal Repellent can be used too.
Deer, Moose, Raccoons, etc.
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