Rodenticide — rat poison — is a hidden danger on many properties. While a common misperception is that rat poison can be safely hidden away only in places where mice and pests area causing issues, the very presence of rat poison [can cause hospitalization or even death].
Rat poison often comes in the form of capsules or balls to be laid around your property. The State of California’s website warns that pets occasionally decide to eat these poisonous capsules. I’ve heard this story from my clients more times than I’m comfortable with — it needs to stop. Read More
Many people ask me — and understandably so — how barn owl nest boxes work. “They don’t come with owls, do they?” they ask. There’s very little accurate information available to the average consumer, so of course people are curious about how they work. Read More
Barn owls never cease to excite me. Sure, the archetypical owl in popular culture (i.e., Winnie the Pooh and the Tootsie Roll Pop commercials) is a wise yet somewhat boring bird. But that’s not the whole story. Because owls are nocturnal, they have a reputation for staying put and being quiet. You won’t see or hear much from them during the day, but that’s because they are fierce rodent ninjas at night. Read More
Barn owls are some of nature’s most beautiful and majestic creatures. They are nocturnal creatures that eye their prey (vermin such as rats, mice, and gophers) with the precision of other birds of prey such as hawks and falcons, but with a special grace.
I’ve been building these barn owl nest boxes for years, and working with these beautiful animals for even longer than that. It never ceases to amaze me that these creatures can be so peaceful and yet so fierce. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the presence of these graceful, beautiful creatures, listen to their nocturnal cries that bring the wilderness to your back yard. Their soft clicks speak volumes to their character. Read More
There are a few important things to keep in mind when having a barn owl nest box installed in your yard. These are things that have taken me years to fully grasp, and now that I understand them, I’m passing the knowledge on to my clients. Barn owls are tricky creatures — if you don’t set up your barn owl nest box just right, your chances for success in attracting them to your yard will be diminished.
Placement is Key
The number one reason barn owl nest boxes aren’t successful? Poor placement. Everything is a potentially critical detail when it comes to placing your barn owl nest box in a place where it is likely to succeed, from which direction the door is facing to the height of the box. Owls are picky when it comes to their homes, and if your nest box’s door is in plain view of humans coming and going, they might get startled and refuse to nest there. My years of experience has led me to understand precisely what works and what doesn’t. Read More
Barn owls are mother nature’s way of keeping pests down. Life is a series of endless cycles that keep things moving smoothly. Pests and vermin scavenge for food in your pet’s food and your vegetable gardens, spreading disease with them.Barn owls and other birds of prey feast on these vermin. It’s nature’s way of keeping things in a state of equilibrium. Read More
The barn owl is one of the best-kept secrets in America. Those who have taken the leap and attracted barn owls to their barns know: the benefits are nearly innumerable. Well, we’ve tried to enumerate them here. While there are many benefits to attracting barn owls, here are just a few of them: Read More