Hi, I’m Zack DeAngelis – the creator of Pest Pointers. I’m from a small town in Upstate, NY where I’ve lived most of my life. Growing up in a rural area definitely has both it’s perks and disadvantages. It can be EXTREMELY boring at times, and there’s really not much around to do.
Luckily for me, I grew up on 50+ acres of land, where my family and I are able to take pleasure in living around nature. Really, living in a place surrounded by woods, swamps, and animals gave me a TON of experience in dealing with the outdoors.
Since starting my journey on Pest Pointers, I’ve been quoted in outlets such as Homes And Gardens, Yahoo and MSN (syndicated articles), referenced by The Sun (UK), and used as a source in popular outlets like wikiHow and Tasting Table.
Now, for a bit more of my backstory and where some more of my passion comes from. For my first string of jobs, I worked across several fruit farms for 4+ years. My grandfather owned his own fruit farm when he was younger, so this seemed like a natural first job.
Farming taught me so much about the lengths required to maintaining and protecting a successful crop. One of the main things that can ruin a potential harvest? Pests and wildlife.
The reason farmers spray pesticides is to keep their crop protected from insects and wildlife. These insecticides also protect crops against certain issues as well, but without taking preventative measures to protect the crop, farmers would lose their ENTIRE harvest each year.
I took the farming methodology and applied it to our home – how can we maintain our woodland property, keep ourselves and animals safe, AND keep our home in the best shape possible? Prevention.
If we have a nature or wildlife issue, we decided that we would first need to fix the issue and second, make sure to prevent it from happening again.
Each Summer, my father and I work to maintain our 1.5-acre long bass pond. Along the way, we deal with some common wildlife occurrences – all the way from having geese land near the water to finding muskrats making their home in the outer edges of the pond.
Really, I LOVE nature and animals – but there is absolutely nothing worse than walking outside and seeing a flock of 50+ geese making your pond their personal bathroom.
In one of our wooded areas out back behind our house, we have had a MAJOR issue with beavers coming in, building dams, and swamping our land. This leads to flooding and overwatering of a lot of trees and native wildlife that live in the woods.
We’ve dealt with the problem after problem, and have found solution after solution in order to bring back peace to our nearby piece of nature.
The main solution I’ve found?
Preventing a problem is the best way to solve it.
My purpose for starting this blog is to help YOU figure out some simple tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way when it comes to dealing with frustrating wildlife and pest problems
While I LUCKILY have not had a need for every single thing that I write about on pestpointers.com, these are the things that I’ve thought through and would use the MOMENT the situation arrived.
Remember, we want to solve the pest and wildlife problem then make sure it doesn’t happen again.
I truly hope this writing helps you in every way possible.