Are You Dealing With Garden Pests in CT?
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Wild animals, such as squirrels, woodchucks, voles, gophers, moles, and rabbits can lay waste to a garden in the summer by eating the plants and digging holes and burrows. There are several ways that you can deal with wildlife and protect your garden without resorting to lethal poisons.
STRATEGIES TO KEEP ANIMALS OUT OF YOUR GARDEN
You can take steps to make your garden a less attractive place for wildlife:
- Get rid of places where animals can hide or build nests, such as tall grass and brush piles.
- If there is a crawl space under your porch or deck, seal it off.
- Cover your compost pile, clean up any birdseed on the ground, and use beneficial nematodes on your lawn to eliminate grubs that could be a source of food for skunks and moles.
Some poisons are effective against wildlife, but they can be harmful to pets and plants. It is better to use repellents.
You can repel wild animals with strong odors, such as:
- Castor oil
- Urine from natural predators.
- You can also use products made with hot peppers, castor bean and fritillaria plants, and mothballs to keep animals out of your garden.
You can try ultrasonic repellents, water sprayers that are motion-activated, reflective tape, fake predators, and noise makers. These may become less effective over time after animals get used to them.
Letting your pets roam in the garden can also keep wildlife at bay. Dogs and cats can catch or scare away many small wild animals.
You can put up a fence around your garden to exclude wild animals. This is the most effective long-term solution. You can put up a permanent fence or just use it temporarily and then take it down. An electric fence is especially effective for deer, rabbits, and woodchucks.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS
If these strategies do not work, call Anderson Wildlife Control. We will humanely live-trap the animal that is causing the problem in your garden and relocate it to another location. We use environmentally friendly methods and that do not include poisons, so there will be no harm to the animals or to your garden. Contact us today to get an estimate.