“I used to have hundreds of them in my gardens and grass. “I have also noticed the disappearance of snails in my gardens for the last few years. I think it is reasonable to hypothesize that a burgeoning rat population could have a lot to do with the snails’ disappearance. In summary, although some of you associate the disappearance of snails with less water in the garden, it seems that ravenous urban wildlife is chiefly responsible for the snails’ vanishing act. So how to explain the snails’ disappearance now? A few weeks ago, I published Kathy Ingraham’s testimonial regarding the disappearance of the common European brown snail from her garden. However, I don’t consider it a mystery because the disappearance followed the installation of a large bird feeder several feet away from the garden beds. However, if you are already experiencing an infestation, there are a few ways you can work to get rid of them.There are many devices available to help scare birds out of an attic space. Still, the most serious risk of birds in your attic is associated with their droppings as they harbour parasites, bacteria, moulds, and even viruses that are harmful to humans.The three most common birds that nest in attics are Pigeons, Starlings and English Sparrows; woodpeckers are a distant fourth.
Pest control experts can easily take care of this and even clean up the nesting material, droppings and ensure that your home is free of the bacteria, parasites and other pathogens associated with birds.If birds are roosting on the exterior of your home there are other exclusion devices available such as bird spikes, shock strips, repellents, netting and wire mesh. Here are some of your responses, creating an ice cream cone shaped snail free territory whose top stretches from Westlake Village to Chatsworth to La Canada to Rancho Cucamonga to Riverside and whose bottom dovetails between Laguna Niguel and Murrieta. We’ve lived here for about 15 years and have not seen anything like it… My community definitely has a coyote issue. “We have noticed a lack of snails in our yard for a few years. “Decrease in snails may be due to lack of dichondra lawns that they loved to munch.
“We had snails worse than ever in 2019, I mean an absolute, unbelievable, uncontrollable deluge of snails this past year, as did our neighbors. “We don’t have watering restrictions. We have seen days where the afternoon temperatures have been close to 80 and the snowbirds are still here. They walk in the three entry gates and may just live here. Dark-eyed Juncos will be leaving sooner (or later), as they may not necessarily be in a hurry until it heats up more. While professional pest control experts know how to get rid of birds in the attic, you may not have as much success. In both of these cases, coyotes are probably keeping nocturnal snail predators under control. Although only one reader cited rats as a snail predator, the local rat population has increased in the greater Los Angeles area by as much as 50%, according to some estimates, over the last five years. I’ve had since I was a kid and I would go snail hunting in the yard to bring him snails to eat. “My large yard is always watered but I haven’t seen any snails for a few years.
“My yard is regularly watered by a sprinkler system even through the hot summer. “Snails started disappearing from my Torrance yard about 10 years ago. “Snails are being eaten by rats, skunks, and opossums at night as these predators are all nocturnal. So if you still have snails, blame the omnivorous coyotes for dining on the opossums, raccoons, skunks, rats, squirrels, and lizards that would otherwise be eating them. I have been putting coffee grounds around the plants to keep them away, but I think I only get jittery snails… We do have coyotes. Tip of the Week: I received two replies that attest to the continued presence of snails and both describe scenarios where coyotes appear to be the dominant wildlife. In Muskogee, a woodcock was heard Feb. 17 and 18. The January birds were two weeks early. Two more birds were heard March 6 on West Sixth Street, which could be the final date.
By securing the perimeter of your attic with plywood or wire mesh, you can avoid the problem of birds in your attic. Nesting birds in your attic can even cause damage to your property as they scavenge for items to build a nest. A professional can assess your particular situation and recommend the best solution. Obviously, prevention is one of the best strategies. They will nest in protected areas where roof pitches meet or where one roof overhangs another. Pigeons can also be a nuisance nesting or roosting on the roof. Gulls will aggressively defend their nests so be careful if you need to go onto a roof that gulls are nesting on.Once a bird has moved it, it can be very difficult to get rid of them. In Payne County, the “peent” and flight displays of the American Woodcock came on Jan. 9, which continued on and off until a second bird arrived Jan. 26, then heard on a daily basis.