While I can’t wait for the summer to feast on fresh ripe tomatoes and melons, I can always do without the disappointment of walking out to the garden to see all of my hard work trampled and tasted by area wild life. Deer, rabbits, dogs and cats can all do their own particular type of damage if left to their own devices in your vegetable garden. Let’s review ways to minimize these animal pests access to our summer gardens.
First of all, I recommend using some type of fencing barrier to at least make getting in a little more difficult and uninviting. You can set up a temporary fence using chicken wire and t-posts. It doesn’t require much fencing “expertise” and can be adequately completed by even the most do it yourself challenged. Use bird scares and scarecrows to keep birds at bay and have some creative fun as well.
What we need to understand is that most animal pests do not want to be in areas where there are humans or dogs. So if we utilize this natural survival method of the animal for our benefit and to keep them out of our garden, so much better for all parties involved. Take hair that you’ve collected from your family Fido’s brushing or human hair gathered after your husband does his monthly clipping routine, and sprinkle that around the perimeter of your garden. Another human smell that animal pests can identify and don’t want to be near is urine. Yep. I said it. Pee pee. Now, how far you are willing to go with your natural pet deterrents is up to you. But you can collect your urine, put in a spray bottle and spray the perimeter of your garden. If you can train Fido to do his business in a bottle, so much the better, but I’m not holding my breath. It will have to be reapplied after each rain.
Other natural deterrents that can be used are mixtures of two eggs, ½ cup of milk, 1 cup of water, ½ cup cayenne, 1/2 chili peppers, and garlic pureed in a blender. Add the mixture to a empty gallon or jug container, and set in the sun until it smells like something you don’t ever want to have to eat. Mix that 1 to 1 ratio with water in a sprayer and apply around the perimeter so that animals do not want to enter.
Your do have options of using pre made animal pest deterrents that can be ordered specifically for the animal pest that you are trying to deter. Pest control suppliers also have humane traps and baits specific to the animal. The other options that I like are the ultra sonic pest repellants. But they do need to be moved around the garden frequently to keep the animals on their toes.
Hope that you found some of these tips helpful. Visit your local pest control supplier if you have other questions or needs not answered above.