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Common Plants and Flowers That Deter Animals From The Garden

For many homeowners, their garden is a sanctuary. So you can understand how disappointing and frustrating it is when animals and pests destroy all their plants, fruits, and vegetables.

Wild animals are always on the hunt for food, which means gardens are often very appealing. Animals of all sizes can easily damage your gardens by eating the plants or simply by scratching and digging at the ground.

If you do not wish to build an unsightly fence around your property, there are many natural plants and flowers that work to deter animals.

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If you are growing food in your garden, sage is an effective repellant that will not affect the rest of your plants. The aromatic herb consists of grayish-green leaves, and is a member of the mint family.

Sage works to deter both small and large animals from entering your gardens, most notably rabbits and deer. These animals do not like the fragrant smells of the herb and tend to steer clear.

An added benefit to planting sage: you can use it in the kitchen when cooking up your freshly grown vegetables.


Daffodils are commonly known as “deer repellent.” These flowers are a beautifully bright yellow color, but do not taste nearly as good as they look.

Daffodils contain alkaloid lycorine, which is extremely poisonous, and sometimes even lethal, to deer, rodents, and squirrels.

Onions and Garlic

Have you ever started dicing an onion only to realize you have begun to cry? That is because onions produce a chemical irritant that affects the tear ducts.

These odorous plants have developed an array of defenses in order to avoid being eaten, including harsh taste and acidic odor. While most humans struggle through the tears and odor in order to consume the onion, other animals do not.

Rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, moles, and deer are among the many wildlife creatures that tend to steer clear of onions and garlic.


If you have a raccoon problem, planting squash is a great way to prevent garden damages. Squash vines are normally spiny or prickly, which will deter the raccoons from walking around in your garden. Start by strategically planting the squash around the borders of your garden. This will act as a protective barrier the raccoon will most likely not cross.

Have An Animal Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control

If you think you have an animal problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.

At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.

Call us at 443-854-8072, visit our website or fill out our contact form for more information.

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