While it may be fairly easy for you to escape the heat this summer, or at least manage it reasonably well, the same cannot always be said for animals. They may need your help to survive the summer heat, especially animals that are not indoor pets.
The following tips will help out both your pets and also wildlife to survive this summer. Please do some of these things for these beings, if you’re able to.
We’re sure you know that keeping yourself hydrated when it’s hot outside is extremely important. It’s also very critical for animals, which shouldn’t really come as a shock to you. For a lot of animals, it’s not quite as easy as putting out some water though.
Make sure pets like dogs and cats always have access to water, but also try to be sure that things like bird baths and garden ponds are topped off to give wildlife a chance to get a drink when they need it. Also try to water plants regularly, because insects like bees can absorb moisture that way.
This is mainly if you have outdoor pets. Make sure they have a place to go where they can have some shade, i.e. a dog house.
To help provide suitable shelter for wildlife, think of things like trees that provide shade. A few other great ideas would be log or stone piles, a nest box, wildflower patches, and/or hedges.
The goal is to provide damp and shaded areas for a variety of animals.
Some of these things will take a while to make them available for animals (i.e. trees need time to grow), but it’s best if you get started as soon as possible.
Obviously feed your pets and maybe give them some refreshing treats (i.e. some dogs love to play with ice cubes).
For wildlife, you could place offerings of supplemental food out for them if you’d like. In the summer, dry conditions force worms to dig themselves deeper into the soil, thus making it harder for animals like hedgehogs to get to them for food. A fairly easy way to help wildlife out a little bit is to leave dog or cat food out for them.
If possible, give wildlife the ability to pass through your backyard without too much trouble, because it is simply part of a larger ecosystem for these animals.
5. How to Help Exhausted Bees
If you see a bee laying on the ground in the summer, don’t assume it’s dead. It could simply be tired-as-hell!
An easy way to help an exhausted bee is to feed it a mixture of two tablespoons of sugar mixed with one tablespoon of water. Make sure you don’t add more water than that and place the refreshing bee energy drink on a spoon or a plate. Then place the exhausted bee on the spoon or plate, so it can have a recovery drink!
ONLY use white granulated sugar for this bee energy drink. NOT honey or any kind of other sweetener. These things could potentially harm the bees.
The bee will thank you by continuing to make delicious honey! You could also put the same sugar and water mixture into egg cups and place them in flower patches.
Share this post with everyone you know. It’s important to help animals survive the summer like a boss!