Dog Repellents That Really Work: 3 Ways to Keep Dogs Away!

They damage lawns, eat from your garden and have the capacity to cause serious damage to your property. No, we’re not talking about raccoons, rodents or other types of critters this time; we’re talking about dogs! Whether they are lost, feral or simply your neighbor’s pet roaming where it shouldn’t, …

The Significance of OMRI Listing

If you’re an organic shopper, you are no doubt familiar with the organic certification labels of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), but you may not be familiar with the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and the role they play in the organic community. Whereas the USDA seal is …

How to Keep Herons Out of Your Koi Pond

You’ve invested in an attractive pond for your property. You’ve kicked in the extra bucks to populate it with ornamental fish. The last thing you need now is for some bird to come along and rob you blind. Yet that is exactly what happens to pond owners across the country, …

How to Keep Squirrels Out of Bird Feeders

Approximately 52 million people nationwide enjoy feeding birds and other wildlife in their backyards. With so many birdfeeders, it’s no wonder that squirrels have decided to take part in the banquet as well.

Not only do squirrels enjoy dining at your bird feeder, but they can also teach other squirrels …

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 …

The Best Ways to Keep Raccoons Away From Your Trash

Have you ever woken in the morning and come to find your trash cans are knocked over and garbage is strewn all over your front yard?  If this has happened to you, a raccoon is most likely the culprit.

Raccoons are very intelligent, curious, and dexterous animals.  This means they …

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 …

Strategies for repelling nuisance animals from decks, patios, and porches

 

Here’s what you need to know to make skunks, groundhogs, and other nuisance animals go away and stay away.

Identify
Raccoons, opossums, rabbits, feral cats, skunks, and groundhogs set up shelter in protected areas, such as under decks and porches. They use the space for cover while they feed …

How to Keep Raccoons Out of Your Yard

Hot Spot: Garden beds

Main Attraction: Raccoons are omnivores, meaning that they eat all kinds of plants as well as animals. They’re accurately known as marauders of sweet corn patches, but they also commonly feast on melons, berries, grapes, and a variety of other garden vegetables.

Damage: The most recognizable …

A Yearlong Guide to Animal Control

Some of us think of critter control in terms of keeping animals out of the garden or off the lawn during the warm weather months. But in fact, an animal invasion can occur at virtually any time of year. Some animals are even brazen enough to enter your home during …

Identify and Get Rid of Poisonous Snakes in Your Yard

 

You’ve come across a snake in your garden, woodpile, or anywhere else around your home, so the first question you need to get answered is whether it’s poisonous. The second question—regardless of the answer to the first—is how to get it to go away. Good news: You don’t have …

Traps or Repellents?

If you’re faced with an animal problem on your property, you have two humane critter control options available to you. You can use an all-natural repellent to drive the animals away. Another option is to use a live animal trap to capture the pest and relocate it to an area …

The No-Hassle Approach to Animal Trapping

I’m the first one to admit that I don’t always adapt easily to technological innovations – especially when they involve electronics. After all, I’ve had the same cell phone for the last six years! So I was a little skeptical when I heard that Havahart® offered electronic repellents to keep …

Raccoon Facts

I’ve waged a lot of battles against rogue raccoons over the years. These masked bandits are smart and resourceful, making them one of the more challenging adversaries for an animal control professional. Raccoons will eat just about anything; they’ll also help themselves to the plants and vegetables in your garden …

Rabbit Facts

Oh, those rascally rabbits! While bunnies rank high on any list of the world’s cutest critters, they’re also a gardener’s worst nightmare. When you consider that one pair of cottontail rabbits can start a bloodline that produces 350,000 baby bunnies in a five-year period, it’s hard to imagine how any …

Interesting Facts About Groundhogs

Other than waiting to hear whether that world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow every February 2, you might not give these little critters much thought. But if groundhogs have invaded your property, you’ll need to find a way to get rid of them before they cause extensive damage. …

Feral Cat Facts

What are feral cats? I frequently get calls from homeowners who believe they have a stray cat problem on their hands, when they culprits are actually feral cats. While stray and feral cats may look the same, they are quite different in terms of behavior and temperament. A stray cat …

Dog Facts

It’s hard to remember a time in my life where I haven’t owned at least one dog; we currently have three, and we’re seriously considering adopting another puppy from the local humane society. While we’ve never had problems with our dogs digging up our yard and doing their business in …

Facts on Deer

Deer damage is a constant problem in the animal control business. With deer populations on the rise in many parts of the U.S. and a shrinking number of deer habitats, it’s no wonder that I get many calls from property owners looking for help with getting rid of these delicate …

Interesting Chipmunk Facts

When you consider their cool “racing stripes,” chubby cheeks, large round eyes and the cute way they scamper about, it’s no wonder chipmunks are the movie stars of the rodent family! Unlike Alvin and his pals, real-life chipmunks aren’t quite so entertaining if they decide to make your backyard their …

Facts About Beavers

When I was a little girl, my grandmother frequently used the expression “busy as a beaver” to describe the way I would spend endless hours weeding and pruning in her garden. I never fully understood what that meant until many years later when I had the opportunity to watch beavers …

Types of Deer Resistant Plants and Our Third Place “Deer John” Contest Winner

Clydia Defreese of Ruston, LA knows all too well that hungry deer can do plenty of damage to a flower bed or garden in a short amount of time. Clydia’s excellent poem lamenting the loss of her flowers to invading deer earned her third place in our 1st Annual …

Deer Control Options and Our “Deer John” Contest Second Place Winner!

It’s a sad but true fact that relationships between people and animals don’t always work out well. In many cases, the best course of action is to keep a safe distance between the two. Pamela Sloss of Union, NC expressed this sentiment perfectly in the “Deer John” letter she addressed …

Identifying Deer Damage and Our 1st Annual “Deer John” Contest

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the many posts in our Havahart® Critter-Free Community, it’s that our readers definitely have a love/hate relationship with deer. While they appreciate the majestic beauty of these magnificent creatures and enjoy watching them prance, dance and dart, they are not exactly thrilled with …

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 Stop Animals from Ruining Your Car

Keeping rodents and other animals out of car engines can be a challenge, especially during the winter months. Mice, rats, squirrels and even chipmunks may find your car’s warm engine to be an inviting place to seek refuge from the cold. Unfortunately, the rodents’ natural gnawing instincts can result in …

Get Rid of Mice for Good

It seems that just about everyone has to deal with a mouse problem sooner or later. Mice are particularly pesky animals that like to take residence inside a home, and they stubbornly refuse to pay even a nickel in rent! While wild mice generally only live up to three months, …

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 …

Liquid or Granular Repellents: Which Is Best for Your Application?

When people find out that I’ve been gardening for more than 25 years and also work at a greenhouse, the subject of critter control inevitably comes up. A common question is whether a liquid or granular-based repellent for dogs and other nuisance critters is the better choice. Besides telling them …

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 …

The Dangers of Mole and Groundhog Tunnels: Getting Rid of Animal Tunnels in the Yard

Have you noticed the presence of tunnels in lawn areas of your property? It could be a sign of potentially harmful mole or groundhog activity.

Moles and groundhogs are burrowing critters that build extensive tunnel networks that can eventually cause damage to crops and plants — and even the foundation …

How Do Animal Repellents Work?

If you’re a pet owner like me, you know animals are instinctive creatures that react to certain stimuli in their environment. As humans, we take advantage of those powerful instincts to condition our pets to behave in the ways we want them to. Dog obedience training is all about conditioning …

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 …

How to Prevent Squirrel Damage

At some point, you’ve probably glanced out your window and noticed a squirrel scurrying up a tree, dashing across a power line or contentedly gnawing on an acorn. While these furry, rodent-like creatures are certainly fun to watch, some other squirrel activities aren’t so amusing.

Squirrels are notorious for raiding …

The Dangers of Feeding Raccoons and Skunks

My Aunt Jan is a kind-hearted soul who never met an animal she didn’t immediately fall in love with. When she told me she had been feeding the raccoons that had seen scampering across her backyard, I certainly wasn’t surprised.

You’d think Aunt Jan would have learned her lesson after …

How Skunks Spray and Other Skunk Spray Facts

If you’ve ever been in an area where an agitated skunk has recently sprayed or, worse, been the target of a skunk spray attack, I don’t have to tell you that the aroma is … memorable. Throughout more than 30 years as an animal control professional, I’ve had more than …

How to Control Moles on Your Golf Course

You may be familiar with the movie Caddyshack in which an inept golf course groundskeeper named Carl humorously battles with a rogue gopher that is wreaking havoc with its tunneling activities. Much like gophers, moles are subterranean creatures that often inhabit golf courses and can do extensive damage with their …

DIY Garden Pest Control

At the greenhouse, rarely does a day go by when I don’t hear at least one horror story about how invading animals have ruined someone’s vegetable garden. For many gardeners, a backyard garden is a labor of love, and the realization that all that hard work was for nothing can …

Lawn Damage from Animals

Have you ever seen a suspicious hole in your lawn, and you don’t know where it came from? In all likelihood it was an animal digging for food, shelter, or just for fun. Lawn holes by animals can be a real problem. Not only do holes make your lawn less …

What Do I Need to Start a Garden?

What do you need in order to start a garden? That’s a question I hear on a daily basis at the greenhouse. Fortunately, with the help of a few gardening and wild animal control tips for beginners, just about anyone can develop a green thumb and create a beautiful, bountiful …

Common Garden Pests Identification

It’s inevitable — wherever there are gardens, there will also be pests! Even well-tended gardens are likely to experience a pest problem at one time or another.

Pests can cause plenty of damage, from nibbling on your plants and vegetables to creating holes and tunnels all over your property. Identifying …

What to Do When You Find a Stray Dog or Cat

We’ve all come across a stray dog or cat at one time or another. The animal might be wandering alongside the road or, worse, in the middle of traffic. Sometimes a hungry, abandoned dog or cat might even show up at our back door in search of food. While your …

Health Risks for Animals Around Plants

Health Risks for Animals Around Plants

Those rabbits, squirrels and other critters that hang around your backyard can do much more damage than just eating your plants, flowers and vegetables. Some of these wild animals can potentially be carrying disease that could threaten your health, as well as that of …

How to Get Rid of Rodents Humanely

It’s usually not too difficult to detect a rodent problem in your home; telltale signs include scratching noises coming from behind the walls, gnaw marks on bread wrappers and other food packaging, the presence of tiny round droppings, and small footprints in dusty corners. You may also notice a damp, …

How to Attract Hummingbirds without Attracting Unwanted Pests

Hummingbirds are easily distinguishable from other bird species due to their small size and the unique humming sound they make when flapping their wings. In addition to being fun to watch as they deftly move from flower to flower in your yard, these tiny creatures provide a number of important …

Growing Fruits and Berries while Keeping Unwanted Critters at Bay

Have your ever thought about how great it would be to have a backyard brimming with fresh fruits and berries? Perhaps you think creating a small backyard orchard would be a huge project that you’re not quite sure you’re ready to tackle.

By taking some time to learn more about …

Vacation Wildlife Observation Tips

As someone who makes his living working with animals and an unabashed animal lover, there’s nothing I find more enjoyable than packing up the family and heading to a national park for a fun and educational vacation experience. It’s a great way to experience wildlife, such as bears, buffaloes, wolves …

Giving Back: Organizations That Help Stray and Wild Animals

The statistics regarding stray animals in the United States are alarming. According to the ASPCA, 5 to 7 million “companion” animals (primarily cats and dogs) enter animal shelters each year. Sadly, 3 to 4 million (roughly 60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats) end up being euthanized due …

How Weather Affects Animals in Your Yard

Unlike humans, animals don’t have the luxury of curling up with a good book next to the fireplace on a cold, rainy or snowy day. Although many animals are blessed with fur coats and other natural features that protect them from the elements, it doesn’t mean they enjoy being wet …

Attract Birds, Not Squirrels!

Birds can be delightful visitors to your yard. Not only are they relaxing to listen to and watch, they also provide additional benefits for your property, such as snacking on harmful insects that could destroy your garden.

While birds certainly appreciate your gesture of giving them food, so do other …

Found an Abandoned Baby Animal? Now What?

Over the course of more than three decades as an animal control professional, I’ve received countless calls about what appears to be a neglected or abandoned baby wild animal. In most cases, it turns out that the animal is not truly abandoned, but has been left alone by its mother …

Acid Rain: Preventing its Damage can Lead to other Issues

Acid rain occurs when sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides, which are typically produced as a manufacturing byproduct by industrial plants, are expelled into the atmosphere. These contaminants combine with precipitation and are absorbed into the soil when they reach the ground. While acid rain is more common in urban areas …

How to Help Animals after a Disaster like Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many people have returned to homes devastated by floods, extreme wind and rain, and power outages. As people evacuated, the primary concern was keeping their families safe. Therefore, many in the danger zone had to make a tough decision—to try to bring the family …

Certifying Your Yard or Garden as a Wildlife Habitat

If you live in a rural or remote part of the country, your backyard is probably different from those found in an urban or suburban environment. For one thing, you’re probably closer to the habitats of many different types of wild animals that are eager to treat your property as …

Protecting Your Campsite from Wild Animals

There’s nothing like the great outdoors to provide a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A camping trip with your family is an excellent way to relax, unwind and bond with nature. However, an unwanted late night visit to your tent from a skunk, raccoon or …

The Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Wild Animals

Remember how much fun it was to go to the neighborhood park to feed the squirrels or pigeons when you were a kid, or to feed the animals at a petting zoo if the rules allowed? And if you’re a parent, there’s nothing better than to see the expression of …

Why You Should Adopt Pets from Rescues and Shelters

I’m a cat lover. I grew up with cats and there’s never been a time in my life when I haven’t had one. When my husband and I got married, we adopted a kitten from a horse farm.

Jack was our first fur child. He’s all black with beautiful green …

Chippy the Chipmunk

At my old job location there was a good amount of forest in the back that was completely filled with all sorts of wildlife. I have never ever seen so many different animals in one spot anywhere I have ever lived; amazing is the right word actually.

I have seen …

Can You Have a Squirrel as a Pet? Meet Our Pet Squirrel Boogie

Can you have a squirrel as a pet? I know some people who use Havahart® Critter Ridder® to repel squirrels, but I’d rather have these cute little guys as pets! My step Dad found a baby squirrel; the mama ran off and left it. So we made a pet out …

The Raccoon in My House

Photo: Krista D.

I feed (and fix when I can afford it) feral cats….which brings raccoon family after raccoon family to my nice back yard, but I’d never had a raccoon in my house. I recently tried to get a very friendly small cat/kitten to come in by leaving a …

How a Havahart Trap Saved me Thousands

I just had to write Havahart to say how satisfied I am with my model 1025 trap and its ability to prevent chipmunk damage.

This spring I had noticed a small hole dug at the base of our above ground swimming pool. I tried to fill it in, but it …

Momma Raccoon Removal

One summer a couple years ago in rural Mississippi, my husband and I had a little raccoon issue around our yard. We had always kept our cat food outside for easy access to feeding our pets, but kept noticing that it would just disappear from the area. We didn’t think …

My 17 Years of Rescuing Rodents

What is the best rodent pet? You’re looking at it! This is Wild Henry. He was found at the Anhiem Nature Center. His Family was dead, and I took him. A wild Norway rat who adored me, he was my pet for 4 1/2 years! I have been doing rat, …

The Rat in My Skillet

Some time ago as I lay sleeping, I heard someone messing around with my cast iron skillets. I turned on the kitchen light to see who was there, thought maybe [someone] had broken in to help themselves to my hard earned food.

There was a huge rat like creature trying …

My Momma Raccoon

Photo: Terry J. 

Can you have a raccoon as a pet? Some people would rather trap raccoons humanely with the help of a Havahart® Large 1-Door Easy Set® Trap, but I prefer treating them as pets! I have a momma raccoon that comes to eat cat food every night. …

Dog Repellent Made Easy

Growing up in a neighborhood where it seemed like every house had a dog, we had our fair share of dogs doing their business in our yard. It would drive my dad mad to see his flowers around our mailbox burnt and the grass around it dead. My dad tried …

Close Encounters of the Deer Kind

Where I live in Central Pennsylvania, close encounters between deer and people usually don’t end well for the deer, the people, or in some cases, both.

Usually, it means the deer wound up on the wrong end of a hunter’s rifle or met with the front end of a rapidly …

How to Get Rid of Rat Infestation with Critter Ridder

If anyone has ever had a rodent problem, you know that they are dangerous and carry all kinds of disease. Well, they also wreak havoc on the people whose lives they invade upon. Let me tell you the story of how Havahart® Critter Ridder® got rid of the rat colony …

Deer Proof Shrubs … Are They the Answer?

My aunt, when faced with a deer problem, specifically deer eating her roses, tried to plant a few deer proof bushes and shrubs. She also tried keeping deer away by bringing in shrubs that weren’t native to her area. Just like we humans develop a fondness for Mom’s special “Tuna …

Gone Astray: Lost Puppy Finds Her Way Home

I feel that I may have been deprived as a child because I grew up without any pets, not even a single goldfish. Surprisingly enough, that chunks me in with the 37% of households in America that don’t have a single pet. Lacking my own four-legged friends, I always enjoy …

Mistakes you Don’t Want to Make When it Comes to Deer Repellent for Plants

If you’re in an area where there are deer aplenty, and you have a veritable collection of greens and foliage in your lawn or garden, then you need effective deer repellent for plants. Here’s the key: you need to use it correctly and in conjunction with other effective tactics …

How to Keep Squirrels Out of the Garden

How to Get Rid of Squirrels

Wondering how to keep squirrels out of your garden, yard or home? From spring through winter, any time of year is open season for squirrel problems. In spring and summer, squirrels can destroy a garden in a matter of days. Squirrels are known for …

It Takes More than Dog Repellent for Grass to Stop Dogs from Destroying your Lawn and Flowers

I’m a dog lover. I always have been. I don’t think there ever has been a more accurate description of a creature than the dog’s moniker “man’s best friend.” Heck, I actually wonder what is wrong with people who do not like dogs. And when I see a dog out …

My Ground Squirrels Are Enjoying Their New Home!

We have a huge ground squirrel problem. I thought they were cute and let them live on our property even though they were causing sinkholes in our back field. I loved watching them run around the property. My favorite squirrel would go out to the dirt/gravel driveway and start rolling …

Deer Repellent Strategies that Work

Deer are smart creatures, even if they tend to act a bit nutty during mating season. They have a good memory, will take the path of least resistance, and have highly developed senses. Taking advantage of these qualities will give you the edge you need to keep deer off your …

Great Tips Thanks to Deer Repellent Reviews

If you’ve got deer running amuck in your yard, you may have gone online to see how you can stop them from roaming – and destroying – your property. If you’ve really done your homework, you already read deer repellent reviews to try to figure out the best solutions for …

From One Cucumber to a Full Crop

Two years ago, our son asked me if I could help him build a garden. My wife has gardening experience but in a completely different climate, so my son and I started reading up on how to go about building and then growing his garden. We put literally hundreds of …

Catching Racoons in the City

We want to share the following short story from one of our customers about the success he’s had using marshmallows to trap raccoons! – Havahart®

I’m really happy I bought my live animal trap. I’ve been having a problem for about a year with raccoons in a house I am …

Keeping Deer Out of Your Garden by Using Deer Repellent Like a Professional

Keeping deer out of your yard or garden can be a difficult task. Deer are incredible jumpers, so constructing a fence that is high enough to stop them just isn’t practical for most homeowners. And, given their large appetites and the fact that they generally travel in groups, deer can …

My Plants are Now Flourishing – Thank You, Deer Off®!

Note from Havahart®: We’ve been getting a lot of new blog post submissions by from our Facebook fans, and here’s a really good post we’d like to share. It talks about our Deer Off® product, but there’s also a lot of other interesting information in the post!

We grow a …

Gardening Season Has Arrived!

Gardening season has arrived and with it the anticipation (and often anxiety) of all that needs to be done! When it comes to gardening, getting started can be the hardest part. If it’s your first time planting a garden, you may feel overwhelmed. You want the garden to thrive, but …

Deer Proof Flowers … Don’t Put all your Flowers in One Basket

Deer are a problem, especially around mating season. They cause car accidents, resulting in injuries (for them and humans!) and costly damages. They also destroy plants and trees, ruining landscaping.

The problem isn’t just isolated to rural areas. The overabundance of deer and their increased aggressiveness during the mating season …

We are Giving Back!

As advocates for the humane treatment of animals, we have launched an initiative with the non-profit organization American Humane Association. American Humane Association is a national leader in identifying and preventing the causes of child and animal abuse and neglect.

We’re using our Facebook page, which has seen significant growth …

How to Get Rid of Herons

You might consider yourself to be a champion fisherman, but the blue heron takes the art of the catch to a new level. These majestic, long-necked, long-legged water predators are patient hunters. They stand completely still, waiting for their prey to come near. Then, with one swift motion, they snatch …

How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

While cute to look at, deer can be a menace in the garden. Not only will they devour your plants and vegetables, but they will also trample the flowerbeds flat; while doing so they can completely destroy a garden overnight. If you want to learn how to keep deer out …

How to Set Up Your Animal Motion Sensor Sprinkler

Motion detector sprinklers are a great way to deter animals from really anywhere in your yard, but it’s important to set them up properly to get the most effective nuisance animal control.  Looking specifically at Havahart® Spray Away®,a sprinkler repellent with a motion sensor animals will come to fear, you …

How to Get Rid of Snake Pests

S-s-s-s-s-s! Don’t look now, but a snake is slithering across your property, looking for dinner. Depending on the variety of snake, they can dine on rodents, bird eggs and baby birds, or they could feast on insects, fish and tadpoles. Although non-venomous snakes tend to cause no harm, other than …

How to Get Rid of Vole Pests

Voles are kind of the outdoor version of your friendly neighborhood house mouse. Voles need vegetation to live to be senior citizens, although for the vole, the average lifespan is only about three to six months. Voles hang out in weedy gardens, abandoned fields and fallow plots, giving them easy …

How to Get Rid of Beavers and Beaver Trapping Tips

Beavers can cause a lot of problems when they start killing trees and flooding riverbanks near your home. Primarily nocturnal animals, beavers do most of their feeding (and working) during the night. It’s no surprise that beavers like to feed on bark, twigs and leaves. Since their teeth never stop …

How to Deter Muskrats and Muskrat Baiting Tips

Using Anise for Muskrat Bait and other Unusual Techniques

Way back in the 1970s, there was a popular song called “Muskrat Love” which depicted these creatures as charming and lovable. But if you’ve been dealing with a muskrat problem on your property, “love” is probably not the first word that …

How to Get Rid of Chipmunks and Tips for Trapping Chipmunks

At first glance, chipmunks appear to be cute, harmless little critters. What isn’t quite as endearing is the amount of destruction these squirrel-like rodents can create. While you might think of chipmunks as feasting on nuts, berries, seeds and grains, they also take great pleasure in digging for roots and …

Critters Feasting on Your Garden?

Last year, I fell in love with gardening. It was the first year I had the chance to plant a garden and – if you ask anyone who saw it – I may have gone a touch overboard on the planting, but the harvest was unbelievable.

Along with all those …

How to Get Raccoons & Other Animals Out of Your House: Are You Inviting Unwanted Animals Without Knowing?

Why do you have unwanted animals on your property? There are many things homeowners do that may be invitations to unwanted animals, such as keeping pet dishes outside. It may seem obvious, but taking your pet’s food and water dishes inside can prevent hungry animals, including stray cats and dogs, …

What’s that Digging in My Garden?

When critters are digging in your garden, they make it very obvious. However, if you can’t catch a glimpse of the animal, knowing exactly what’s causing the destruction may not be as obvious. By identifying the perpetrator, you’ll know what kind of repellent to use, such as rabbit repellent or …

How to Keep Squirrels out of your Garden

You probably don’t give much thought to a squirrel when you see one scurrying about in your backyard, but they are truly amazing little creatures. They can run at speeds up to 20 mph, and the positioning of their eyes allows them to see behind them. No chance of sneaking …

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

How to Get Rid of Raccoons

Throughout North America, raccoons are one of the most bothersome animals in suburban and country homes, and now even in city dwellings. From destroying your vegetable gardens to raiding trashcans, these critters are extremely adaptable in their destructive behavior. If you have ever seen …

Keep Dogs Out of Garden Areas, Lawns and Landscaping

With the ASPCA estimating there are about 75 million owned dogs in the United States, there’s no doubt that we love our furry friends! Unfortunately, not all dogs are the product of loving homes. Wild or stray dogs that roam freely can prey on livestock or family pets, become a …

How to Get Rid of Rat Pests: Rat Trapping Tips and Other Useful Information

When you stop and think about, when was the last time you spoke or heard a kind word about a rat? Rats have developed a rather unsavory reputation over many centuries, and it’s well deserved.

Like mice, rats can contaminate your food with their urine and feces. By some estimates, …

How to Repel Deer and Keep Deer out of Garden, Landscaping and Lawns

Did you know that, despite their somewhat dainty appearance, a mature white-tail deer can eat up to nine pounds of food in a single day? To a hungry deer, your backyard probably looks like the world’s biggest salad bar!

Dining deer strip bark by raking their incisors upward, making a …

How to Get Rid of Mole Pests

Are Daffodils a Mole Deterrent? Plus, other Mole Facts You Need to Know!

If you have moles on your property, you’re probably not “digging” their presence very much! The Chehalis Indian word for mole means “hands turn backward,” an apt description of the mole’s unique claws, which allow them to …

To My Surprise!!

I bought a Havahart trap a few months back. I had this annoying chewing noise under my home.I put out rat traps,my nephew checked under the house for me and found nothing.After not getting a full nights sleep for about 2 weeks.I gave in and bought a Havahart trap.I set …

What is that sound in the kitchen?

The cat is suddenly sitting up next to me quite alert.  The cat begins to quiver.  The sound in the kitchen gets louder.  Scratching.  Some kind of whining.

I walk out cautiously.

It is a squirrel.  I run back into  my office and grab the cat and bring her with …

How We (Humanely) Got Rid of Pesky Foxes

I have four stray cats who sleep in the garage at night and lately I have noticed an odor coming from their “bedroom” that would simply take your breath away. Being OCD, I have hunted for the source of this odor for weeks. I even started thinking about getting rid …

Humane Animal Control Is Possible

We’ve weeded and hoed . . . we’ve trimmed and pruned . . . we’ve created yards and gardens that just ask you to sit a spell and take it all in. Of course, these havens are also quite attractive to wildlife! I’ve seen the damage these critters can do …

A Squeaky Garage Surprise!

My two boys have made me pretty immune to the “treasures” I find around my house and garden! Snakes, crawfish, frogs . . . not for the faint of heart but definitely good for an adrenaline rush! So when I saw the fish tank tipped over on my garden work …

This Raccoon Found An Open Door Policy

When it comes to determination and creativity in getting what they want, few species can top the raccoon. I’m an animal lover so when I saw a raccoon playing near my home with her young, I thought it was cute.

I wasn’t prepared for the raccoon in my garage though! …

Git Rid of the Pooper Scooper!

I’m a big fan of the Critter Ridder Spray! I have been using it for a while now to keep the raccoons out of my trash cans. The other day my neighbor and I were having a backyard conversation and she gave me a good idea….

Since the weather has …

What happens now?

My father-in-law took Critter Ridder (the granules)  and spread the product in my vegetable garden? His intentions were good and now I may have to only watch my garden grow and not eat the veggies. Has anyone used the product on their veggies and eaten them? Should I replant?

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Keeping Rabbits Out of Your Garden

I’ve decided that rabbits are nature’s most damaging force of all! Worse than frost or strong winds, those “cute” bunnies can mow down an entire row of beans in one night. And they just keep coming back!

Like me, you’ve probably tried lots of crazy rabbit-proof gardening methods to keep …

Thank you!

Thank you for your web site!  We some how encountered a raccoon in our attic. Then she had her litter.  We wanted to remove and replace them closer to the river. Humane is best. Thank you for your help, and knowing that someone else cares as well. Nancy

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Keeping Score: How to Catch Squirrels with Peanut Butter

I put up a bird feeder this past winter and was delighted, not just by the birds that fed at the feeder, but at what I dubbed the” ground crew” – birds such as juncos and Bewick’s wrens that ate the seeds on the ground. Then the squirrels invaded and …

Deer Don’t Like My Yard … And I’m Ok With That!

Spring is finally in full tilt and all my gardens are growing nicely! The peas are shooting out of the ground, the green beans are sending up their fat, little shoots and my tulips are bursting forth in all the colors of the rainbow. And, of course, the deer are …

My Cats & Critter Ridder

My animal problem was caused by my own cats rather than the neighbor’s pets or strays. The walkway to my front door has a long, narrow planting bed that lies between the walk and the garage wall of my L-shaped home. The southern exposure of this 3×12 foot planting bed …

WOO HOO!!!!!!! It’s gone!!!!!!!!!

After all the storms we had over the past couple months, apparently some roamers chewed through one of my vinyl siding vents over top of my garage. A week ago my neighbor pointed it out to me. I boarded up the vent immediately and the following morning when I went …

Deer in the Headlights

When I pulled into the long drive leading to my son’s new home in Mississippi, the first thing I noticed were three pairs of eyes reflected in the headlights. The local deer were already checking out the new landscaping and conducting taste tests! It didn’t take long to discover the …

No More Garbage Can Raids in Our Neighborhood

Learn how to keep raccoons out of garbage at your house!

We learned the importance of knowing how to keep raccoons out of garbage the hard way.This past fall our neighborhood developed quite a raccoon problem. Especially around our garbage cans and our neighbor’s corn stand. In one night those …

Squirrels and Bird Feeders, The Fight Begins

Now, I am a true nature lover and watching the animals that visit my yard has delighted my whole family this winter. But those darn squirrels!! I put out corn for them – separate and far away from my bird feeders. And guess where they end up? Trying to get …

Ick Mice Ick

It is not cute.  No.  AUGHHHHHH!!!!!!  Give me snakes any day.  The sound of mice scurrying makes me crazy.  It’s genetic.  My theory is this: historically speaking, women who hated mice lived longer and had more children.  Therefore, most of us are descendents of women who have spent some good …