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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …