Could your Halloween decorations be hurting your local ecosystem? Here are three ways to make your decorations friendlier for wildlife this year . . .
1. Don’t use fake cobwebs. Birds and other animals get tangled in them every year and end up hurting themselves, or worse. So only use them inside, or not at all.
2. Make sure other hanging decorations won’t cause issues. Things like string lights and netting can pose a threat. So make sure they’re hung high enough that animals like deer won’t get their antlers caught in them. Especially in more rural areas.
3. Don’t let pumpkins sit outside and rot. They attract animals closer to your home than they’d normally get. Which means a run-in with your dog or cat is more likely. And they’re more likely to get hit by a car.
A full, uncarved pumpkin can last months without rotting. But the shelf life of jack-o-lanterns is only a week, maybe less. So you should wait until right before Halloween to carve them. Then throw them out a day or two later.