"One of the most important things is to be aware and observant before you go to work," Alvis-Allen told The Dodo. "Make sure you don't see any tunnels around if you're tilling dirt. If you do have to move a brush pile, it's best to rattle it around with a rake to see if any adults pop out. That way you'll know it's being occupied."
"We often encourage people to leave brush piles if they're not in an area prone to wildfires. That's a great way to build a habitat for wildlife. In nature, brush falls and doesn't get cleaned up, so that's a place where animals nest. You're actually creating habitat by allowing your brush piles to remain."