With gardening season quickly approaching, many people have pest control on there mind. There are plenty of animals out there who are more than happy to eat and dig up all of your hard work in your lawn or garden. While your local department store probably has plenty of bottles promising to rid you of pesky intruders, you may not want to resort to chemical warfare in your garden, especially if you are growing edible plants. If you want to figure out how to get rid of gophers or stop deer from eating all of your basil and carrot tops, you should be happy to know there are plenty of all natural ways to deal with common garden pests.
Many people consider the best deer repellent to be a mixture of soured milk or yogurt mixed with hot sauce and other strong smelling ingredients. This mixture is then either sprayed right on your plants or applied heavily around the perimeter of your garden. There are plenty of ways to deter problem animals without dousing your plants in chemical concoctions from colored bottles at the department store, and you probably have the ingredients for most of these pest control recipes right in your home.
For burrowing pests like rodents or groundhogs you can simply stuff dryer sheets or coffee grounds into there holes and cover them back up. Another clever trick is to place a portable radio in a plastic bag and leave it by the offending rodents hole. The noise will drive them off and they often won’t come back. This works for almost all burrowing rodents including the notoriously hard to get rid of moles. Unless there really is nowhere else for them to go, most problem animals will simply go find easier pickings if you place basic deterrents in your garden.
The basic concept of most homemade animal repellents is simply to make the plants unappetizing to eat, or for burrowing pests to make it unpleasant to dig around your garden. The deer repellent mentioned above will also deter most other grazing animals that happen across your garden because very few animals have a poor enough sense of taste and smell not to be driven off by something as repulsive as spoiled dairy and hot sauce. Just make sure you rinse and vegetables and herbs off well before serving them to your family or you may find you have repelled them from your garden produce as well.
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