Is it possible to keep your home free of rats, mice, moths and ants without killing them? And which ones should you get rid of—and which should you learn to live with?
Whether it’s rewilding your outdoor space, keeping your cat from killing birds, or adopting a more humane pest control approach, there are plenty of easy ways to shape your pocket of the world into a healthier environment for all creatures within it. Keep reading for more ideas from the innovators exploring how to better coexist with the non-human lives around us.
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One of the greatest modern feats for animal conservation was wildlife adapting to urban spaces, according to a new book. Now the challenge is learning to live with them.
Welcome to the rat trapper’s dilemma.
As residential development becomes more sprawling, more homeowners are dealing with four-legged trespassers. Here’s how to evict wild animals humanely.
A Smithsonian gardener offers tips for sheltering the insects during the frosty winter months.
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With their miniature ramps, stairs and holes cut into fences and stone walls, the gardens of Kirtlington in Oxfordshire are a haven for wildlife.
Nonhuman creatures have senses that we’re just beginning to fathom. What would they tell us if we could only understand them?