SkunkWhen we lived in Boca Raton, Florida — with a home that backed up to the everglades — we had two major wildlife concerns:

  1. Alligators that lived in the lake behind our home
  2. Racoons that made a stinking mess of every garbage can in the neighborhood

None of those animals make good friends for toddlers. But. In addition, we had the sneakiest set of squirrels I had ever seen. They could get into any bird feeder you could construct. I gave up trying to keep them out the day my daughter and I were lying on the trampoline and a squirrel flew from the enormous ficus tree over our heads to the bird feeder in one leap.

In Eagle Mountain, we dealt with skunks (!) that raided our back porch every night for months to eat the cat food — and spray the cats if they got in the way. It was a nightmare which kept us from ever using the backyard after sundown. And I already told you about the deer problem.

If you have similar problems with animals that are a nuisance — or even a danger — you might consider setting a trap that captures humanely. Then you can release the animal, unharmed, into the wild. The design of these traps protects you from being harmed. It was tested and approved by the National Home Gardening Club.

The Havahart Easy Set Small Animal Trap is perfect size for squirrels, rabbits, mink, or skunks. But you won't catch me picking one up with a skunk in it!

While it's not recommended for use with alligators (you'll have to call animal control for that!), the Havahart Easy Set Large Animal Trap can handle raccoons, cats, groundhogs, opossums, and even armadillos. (Armadillos? Aren't those really just enormous, hard-shelled rats?)

The creators of these humane traps also provides Animal Trapping Tips for any questions you might have.

Protect your kids and your yard from critters in a humane way.