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“Uh oh, they’re back,” I thought as I saw the silhouette of a grain moth flying against the vibrant colors of my TV screen. “How did those critters get back in? Dang it!” 

I was frustrated because my home was infested with small grain moths in May and I thought I had solved the problem. They had invaded the birdseed in my closet and once moths get a foothold, it’s a battle to get them out. Even after I banished the birdseed to my outdoor storage shed, I saw the moths flying inside my house for several months. Around July, I stopped seeing moths.

So where did this lone moth come from? After searching my home, I discovered I had accidentally left a small container of seeds on top of my refrigerator. One small misstep for man, one giant leap for pests. I promptly put those seeds in the shed. Hopefully, my uninvited guest was just a rogue moth.

If you feed birds, I highly recommend storing your birdseed in an outbuilding. Seeds attract pests, from rodents to grain moths to the dreaded carpet beetles that, once they get inside a home, never seem to go away. If you think you have stored grain pests, call us Home Defenders for a free inspection. Feed the birds that sing, not the trouble that pests bring!

Back at my home, I could, of course, just stop feeding the birds. That would be the cold, logical thing to do. But, darn it, I sure love waking to the sound of singing chickadees, so goodbye cold logic, hello happy chickadees. 

As for the grain moths, they can sing in my storage shed.

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I always feel good when I see a flying squirrel. On a lucky twilight, I’ll step onto my back deck, glance at the feeder I made for them, and see one of the nocturnal critters munching on sunflower seeds I put out for them. On a really good evening, I’ll see a pair eating seeds like two teens sharing a chocolate malted after the sock hop. (Where did you go, Joe DiMaggio?)

Flying squirrels are impossibly cute. They have big dark eyes, soft gray fur, and feather-like tails that help them balance as they glide from tree to tree. They look like toy stuffed animals. If you’d like to see one, place a handful of unsalted sunflower seeds on your deck handrail after sundown and cross your fingers. 

Flying squirrels sometimes live in attics, and concerned homeowners call us with questions: Do they chew wires? How do they get inside? Do you guys hurt them? Trap them? Relocate them?

Unlike rodents, flying squirrels don’t chew exposed electrical wires. They get into attics via woodpecker holes the size of a golf ball. If we find flying squirrels, we never hurt them—we cover their entry holes with sheet metal,  then catch and release them outside where they belong.

If you hear scurrying or scratching noises in your attic, it may be rodents, but it also could be a case of flying squirrels. Call us today and we’ll determine which critter has built its nest in your nest. We will solve the problem. Guaranteed!

While we humans sleep, dreaming of sock hops and creamy chocolate malteds, Mother Nature’s all-stars are playing the game of life, setting a world-record glide here, nailing a perfect landing there, all under the twinkling Milky Way sky. Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and salute our awesome flying squirrels.

Joltin’ Joe didn’t go anywhere after all.