Several weeks ago I wrote about seeing badgers in my yard, which was a disturbing situation because I have two small dogs who would have gladly confronted them given the opportunity. I learned that badgers mind their own business unless they are cornered, which was a great worry to me because my dogs are little dogs that think they are big and tough, while badgers have both formidable claws and teeth to defend themselves.


I got some very helpful advice from an employee of Critter Control in Des Moines who suggested I stop feeding the birds outside for two weeks so that mice would not be drawn to the feeding stations, because badgers feed on mice and other small creatures. He also suggested I put a radio outside playing loud music to discourage the badgers from making themselves at home. This seemed to work as I didn’t see them again after the radio was outside blasting away. This method of discouraging them seemed more satisfactory than attempting to trap them, as I didn’t want to harm them but just wanted them to go elsewhere.


The badger situation is resolved, at least for now, but now something else has come up. Something is burrowing near the front cement steps of of my house, which have settled away from the foundation of the house. It is an old house, so I suppose I will have to fill the gap between the steps and the house with cement to stop the burrower. I suspect groundhogs are the culprits but will get some more advice on the situation before I decide what to do. I’d rather have groundhogs than badgers but certainly don’t want them digging into my basement!


Living in the country can bring up interesting issues but I wouldn’t want to give it up.