No matter what type of yard you have, nothing ruins a relaxing evening outside more than critters overtaking your plants, vegetables beds, or hard-worked garden. Now that summer is here, animals of all kinds will be out in full force and you will want to be prepared. While taking preventive measures is the obvious way to a critter-free yard, we have a few out of the ordinary hacks to keep critters away.
While they may seem harmless, keeping them away from your property should still be important. Deer are known for going after flower and vegetable beds, and we have a few tips that will keep them out of your well maintained garden. We recommend Irish Spring Soap. Yes, you read that right. Deer and other animals cannot stand this soap. Cut it up into smaller cubes, put it into pouches, and outline your yard with these bags. Additional measures can be taken by surrounding your plants with a high fence or picking up some store-bought repellent to keep them out.
Another group of destructive animals are the squirrels. They are constantly moving and fun to watch, but can do more harm than good. A lot of people tend to feed squirrels when they see them, but all that does is attract them. A good suggestion is to take coffee grounds and rabbit bedding and put that on the soil where you have your plants potted. The combination of the two creates a sure-fire repellent. You can also use something with a sharp odor such as peppermint to frequently spray around your yard.
The most mischievous of them all; raccoons will stop at nothing to terrorize a beautiful yard. They will get into trash, go after bird feeders, and anything else they can get their hands on. Keeping a clean property will help, but a little known fact is to mix a bottle of hot sauce with a gallon of water and spray this over where the raccoons seem to frequent.
Mice and other rodents tend to be attracted to vegetables, nut trees, and bird feeders also. A dog or cat may help in scaring them away, but mixing up some mashed potatoes will do the trick! Whip up instant mashed potatoes with a little butter and milk to be put out where you have seen any rodents. They will quickly eat it and die. This hack should only be used if you live in a pet-free home.
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Our Shumaker Animal Control team is licensed and trained with over 25 years of experience in providing solutions for homeowners with wildlife problems. The safety of our clients and the animals is our number one priority. We are happy to help remove any pest you may have in a humane and professional manner. Please call us at 443-854-8072 or visit our website to schedule animal removal.