Here is some information about various other tormenters and tips on how to keep your garden pest-free.
|Small Garden Pests – How to Keep Them Out|
Squirrels and Chipmunks
They’re in just about every backyard. Most homeowners think that theses are inherent pests, that there’s nothing you can do to get rid of them, and that they’re forever be picking apart our plants and ruining our scenery. They’re wrong.
These backyard rodents are often found in birdfeeders. Some manufacturers have come up with a solution to that, counter-weighted or electrified perches shocking any squirrel that tries to take advantage. Repellents like cayenne pepper mix, predator urine, and mothballs are some home remedies.
Mice and Rats
For around your home, getting rid of the things that lure rodents is often the best way to fend them off. By removing food, water, and shelter, (the necessities for any creature) the pests won’t have a reason to bother you. Make sure your garbage cans are sealed and don’t leave pet food dishes out.
Since the whole point of a garden is to grow food, and not get rid of it, traps are a key part to garden rodent control. From glue traps to humane traps, these tools have proven time and time again to get rid of rodents effectively and safely. Another popular tool is an ammonium-based repellent.
An animal loved by children but despised by gardeners is the rabbit. Cute and cuddly as they may be, Rabbits can be very destructive in a lush garden. Trick crops are often used in agriculture to distract animals like the rabbit from eating prize crops. Alfalfa and clover work well too. A bunny is also attracted to things like peas, beans, lettuce, flowers, and even bark (yes, they eat things other than carrots). Just like those who keep them as pets, some fence in or trap them.
The best way to keep birds at bay is fear. Noisemakers like radios and reflective materials are widely successful. Some, however, chose to keep birds around. Many feed on insects and weed seeds. Be sure you know a bird before you decide to let it stay. It may also feed on your plants or crops. Others choose one of the many repellents available. However the best, safest, and least obtrusive method is probably netting. This allows you to cover your plants without hindering their growth or bothering your neighbors.