August 2013 Newsletter (vol.21)   >>   Critter Control

 

 

deer in garden

Are critters eating your garden? With your garden in full swing of production, the last problem you want to have is an animal destroying or eating the produce that you have been waiting all summer to harvest. These animals may not only be eating your produce but also the entire plant. If you find yourself facing this problem, you are in luck because there are animal repellents that can help.

Animal repellents come in two main types: contact or area. Contact products repel animals by making the plant taste bad whereas area products repel by making the area have an offensive smell. Using animal repellents instead of traps is a more humane way to deter pests from you garden. Birds are a bit different; you will need to use nets, spikes or bird gel to keep them away. The below chart will better help you know which repellent is best for you and your garden.

Name of Product

Animals it Controls

Type: Contact or Area

Deer Scram 

Deer and Rabbits

Area
Rabbit Scram 

Rabbits

Area
Mole Scram 

Moles

Contact and Area
Gopher Scram 

Gophers

Contact and Area
Vole Scram  Voles Contact and Area
Molemax  Moles, Voles, Gophers, Rabbits, Armadillos, Squirrels, and Skunks Area
Liquid Fence Mole Repellent 

Moles and Voles

Contact
Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellent  Deer and Rabbits Area
Liquid Fence Goose Repellent  Geese, Turkeys, and Ducks

 

Contact
Liquid Fence Armadillo Repellent  Armadillos Contact
Plantskydd  Deer, Rabbits, Voles, Chipmunks, Squirrels, Elk, Moose, and Opossum Area
Repels-All
Animal Repellent 
Armadillos, Beavers, Birds, Crows, Chipmunks, Deer, Groundhogs, Porcupines, Rabbits, Raccoons, Rats, Skunks, Shrews, and Squirrels Contact and Area
Repellex Systemic Tablets  Deer, Rabbits, Moles, Voles, Gophers, Groundhogs, Feral Hogs, Dogs, and Cats Contact
Scram for Dogs  Dogs Area
Scram for Cats  Cats Area
Liquid Net  Dogs and Cats Area
Weatherproof Deer Repellent  Deer Area
Liquid Fence Snake Repellent  Snakes Area
Stainless Steel or Plastic Spikes  Birds  
Transparent Bird Gel  Birds  
Bird Netting  Birds  

 

Repellents are not meant to harm the animals that they repel but to keep them away from your garden and flower bed. They work best if applied and reapplied according to the label. There are many different options for you to choose from. Now when you see animals in your garden enjoying your food more than you, you will know what to do to keep them away!

Sources:

Deer Repellents for Homeowners and Landowners

Repellents and Wildlife Damage Control

How to Prevent Problems with Wildlife

Backyard Gardener