17 Solutions to Keep Deer Off Your Property

First time homeowners and people who are new to gardening may be excited when they first see deer in their yards. However, after the deer work through their property those homeowners might find their fruit trees chewed to nubs and their garden destroyed.

Deer can quickly decimate decorative trees, shrubs …

Protecting Chickens From Predators

Chickens are engaging, productive animals to keep in the backyard. They are also more than just simple livestock. A small flock can produce eggs and meat, of course, but they also work as an effective pest control, property sentries and your family’s entertainment committee.

That’s why it’s so upsetting to …

What Is Eating Your Garden?

Are groundhogs, rabbits, deer, and other nuisance animals chomping on your plants? Here are hints for figuring out which critters are to blame and strategies for repelling them from your ornamental and food plants.

Damage: Seedlings you just transplanted are pulled or dug up.

Suspects: Squirrels, cats, and skunks like …

How to Tell If Your Yard Is an Animal Attractant

Overturned trashcans … trampled gardens … upended birdfeeders … damage to plants or shrubs … holes dug into the lawn … these are just a few of the many signs that your property has become the target of an animal invasion. Each year, wild and stray domestic animals cause millions …

Keep Your Yard Mosquito Free: Best Mosquito Control for Your Yard

How Mosquitoes Find You

You may have heard that certain blood types, foods or drinks attract mosquitoes to you.  Or maybe you’ve heard that mosquitoes prefer blondes over brunettes.  While you may have the bites to prove it, none of these myths really explain why mosquitoes bite humans.

Very …

What’s Lurking in My Yard?

In more than 25 years of gardening, I’ve discovered that when it comes to animal control, it’s important to “know your enemy!” Being familiar with the surrounding environment and unique features of your property, along with having an understanding of the types of critters that are attracted to these environments …

How to Assess the Damage

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a 30-year veteran of the animal control “wars,” it’s how to identify and assess the various types of destruction that can be caused by four-legged pests. They can be a constant source of headaches for property owners. Let’s take a closer look at …

Intruder Alert

During my 30+ years in the animal control business, I’ve had to deal with just about every type of four-legged critter you can think of. People are always asking me for information about deer and how to get rid of them, as well as skunks, groundhogs, rabbits, raccoons, cats, dogs …

Keep Wild Animals Away When You Don’t Want a Fence

What’s the best way to keep rabbits out of a garden without a fence? I knew I had to find an answer to this question quickly, once I realized I had a full-blown bunny invasion on my hands! Those little critters had pretty much taken over my backyard garden and …

How to Keep Dogs Out Without Ruining Your Lawn

There’s nothing more frustrating than to look out and see an unfamiliar dog prowling around your yard. Whether it’s a stray dog or a neighborhood pet that the owner allows to run free, you can be pretty sure that it will view your lawn as a place to dig, relieve …

How Do I Protect My Garden from a Cat or Rabbit Invasion?

Like most things in life, gardening success tends to increase with experience. Over more than 25 years of gardening, maybe the most important lesson I’ve learned is how to protect a garden from animals.

Everyone’s problem critter is different; while some people struggle with deer, squirrels or skunks, the issue …

Which Critters Are Bad for Your Plants?

Rarely does a day go by at the greenhouse that at least one customer doesn’t ask about which animals are bad for your plants. Chances are, just about any animal that visits your garden is looking for something to eat, which places those plants you’ve worked so hard to grow …

Is Animal Control a Part of Your Garden Maintenance Calendar?

A routine maintenance schedule can help you prevent damage and prolong the life of your home, car or household appliances, but have you ever thought about the need for setting up a garden maintenance schedule? Routine maintenance can ensure your fruits, plants and vegetables will continue to thrive.

A general …