Animal Garden Pest Control
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..............
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
Deer Control - deer control methods, deer netting,
Controlling Rabbits - how to keep bunnies
out of your garden.
Controlling Moles and Voles - underground pests
Groundhog Control - also called Woodchucks,
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 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.
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
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
- Learn how to control and eliminate insect pests.
Bird Netting and Frames - learn
about bird netting and how to make simple frames