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Got garden pests? We all do. There's no shortage of plant pests. Isn't it time to do something about it?

Growing vegetables and flowers is your hobby, your passion. It is one of your greatest joys. You put love and care into growing your plants. You spend countless hours tending your plants, weeding them, and providing just the right amount of water and fertilizer. They respond well to your love and coaxing. Just as things seem perfect and harvest time nears, along comes a garden pest, eager to steal a free meal from your garden.

Gardeners spend a lot of time and energy fending off animal pest "free loaders". Some gardeners, especially new gardeners, experience so many wildlife problems, they give up gardening altogether (how sad!). Or, they curtail their hobby to just a few plants that area wildlife do not bother. Unfortunately, this is a very short list.

We've got great ideas to help you with animal pest control. Read on..............  

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Romaine lettuce damaged by deer or rabbits.


Bird Control - It's for the birds. Bird control methods, bird netting

Chipmunk Control - this garden pest is cute, but.......

Deer Control - deer control methods, deer netting, etc.

Controlling Rabbits - how to keep bunnies out of your garden.

Controlling Moles and Voles - underground pests

Groundhog Control - also called Woodchucks, just "Chucks"

Mice, Rat, and Rodent Control - we hate to talk about this problem Sometimes, we must........

Opossum Control - some consider him the ugliest of garden pests

Raccoon Control - no one wants a raccoon in the 'hood

Squirrel Control - Some think they're cute, some think they are nasty pests

Garden Pest Control Netting -  Don't let wildlife steal your harvest. Pest control netting keeps birds and grazing garden pests out.

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Garden Frame with pest netting.
Compliments: Gail Dana, Bird Landing CA.

Pest Control Ideas and Tips:

Step #1: Protect your garden with a four foot rabbit fence. Small mesh pest netting keeps out rabbits and other small animals. Avoid wide mesh fencing and netting, that pests can squirm through. Use 1/2" mesh or smaller. Buy Pest netting

Deer are capable of jumping over a standard four foot fence. Raise the bar. Use clothesline or rope, tied five to six feet above ground over the fence. Or, top the fence with pest netting.

Step #2: Pests are persistent. Check the bottom of the fence, for signs of animals trying to burrow under. Rim the fence with boards or bricks, to deter animals from digging under the fence. Be vigilant. Check daily.

Step #3: Deterrent sprays are useful. Try concentrated Fox urine, a natural predator to garden munching animals. Garlic and blood meal, deter some animals. Hot pepper sprays deter deer, rabbits and other pests.

Step #4: Use "Have-a-heart" or "Live Traps" to capture small animals, without harming them. Transfer them to another location, and release them far from your garden. Check local rules and regulations for trapping, transporting and release of wild animals. Many communities allow homeowners to trap animals, but require pest removal by animal control agents.

Step #5: Cats are a natural pest control.. They do a great job reducing the population of rabbits, rodents, birds, and other small garden pests.

A Better Mouse Trap - Old fashioned mouse traps are difficult to improve upon. It is environmentally friendly. Peanut butter is one of the best baits. Use mouse traps in sheds and under woodpiles. For use in the garden and open areas, cover them with a bucket or box. This offers some protection to domestic animals and kids, from accidents.

Many have asked: There are no practical ways, to keep those cute little chipmunk pests from becoming caught in traps. Sorry, traps do not discriminate. Chipmunks may be cute, but they are pests, a member of the rodent family.

Poison Baits: While you almost never see the dead rodent, manufacturers claim poison baits are effective. The only proof, is a decline in rodent activity. These poisons are not good for the environment, or your health. Do not put them inside a vegetable garden. Very important: keep out of reach of children and pets.

Gas Bombs: It is not environmentally friendly, and you usually don't see the results. It takes work to set up, and is only effective, if the rodent pests are in the tunnels.

Noise makers: Birds are skittish. A little noise goes a long way in scaring birds away... for a while. Common noisemakers include aluminum pans (an increasingly rare commodity in a microwave society), wind chimes, and tape recordings of bird predators.

Replicas of Natural Enemies: Plastic owls and snakes sometimes fool birds. We believe you can fool some of the birds some of the time, but you can't fool all of the birds all of the time.

Scarecrows: In use for bird control for over 3,000 years. Scarecrows, are still commonly found in home gardens, protecting crops from birds. More on Scarecrows

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