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, dogs can be a serious concern to homeowners.
Aside from the obvious destructive method – digging – which can uproot plants, vegetables and the lawn itself, the nitrogen in their urine kills grass, leaving unsightly “burns” across your lawn.
DIY dog repellents include using ammonia, vinegar or citrus peels on your property, but these require special instruction. Ammonia and vinegar may kill your lawn and vegetation, so these may only be used on an outer perimeter, which may only prevent trespassing from one direction. Citrus peels may be added to these unprotected spots, as dogs tend to be offended by the odor, but this canine deterrent may then attract other critters, including rats.
Fortunately, Havahart® offers several options for keeping dogs off your property, and they are available in three forms:
- Liquid repellents
- Granular repellents
- Water sprinkler repellents
These solutions each have their own methods for how to use them to greatest success, so read about each to help decide which one is best for you.
Liquid Dog Repellents
With the Critter Ridder® ready-to-use spray, one application lasts up to 30 days! Create a five-foot wide perimeter, spraying 3 full trigger blasts for each square foot. Unlike the DIY dog repellent solutions previously mentioned, this treatment is designed for use on the lawn. It repels animals by its odor and taste using active ingredients of black pepper, piperine, capsaicin and related capsaicinoids. In case of heavy or prolonged rains, reapplication is advised.
Critter Ridder® also comes in a spray format that stimulates plant growth! Critter Ridder® with NitroPlus® includes a proprietary fertilizer that delivers nutrients as it promotes deep root development for drought resistance.
Granular Dog Repellents
Critter Ridder® also comes in granular form with the same active ingredients and the same 30-day protection. For this product, a quarter-pound should be spread for every 15 square feet that is being treated.
Another alternative is the Havahart® Cat & Dog Granular Animal Repellent. It doesn’t repel other animals the way that Critter Ridder® does, but it lasts up to twice as long: 60 days! Its active ingredients are:
- Castor oil
- White pepper
- Cinnamon oil
- Citronella oil
Apply 1 pound for every 300 square feet.
Water Sprinkler Repellents
Effective against a wide assortment of animal intruders – on land and in the air – the Spray Away® Motion Activated Sprinkler Repellent system senses animal movement up to 35 feet away. A harmless deterrent that doesn’t do anything more than frighten off inquisitive animals, Spray Away® simply uses a stream of water. With no chemicals and nothing to clean up afterwards, it relies on the most natural substance in the world, as well as the animal’s own surprise and built-in flight-response.
With an assortment like this to arm yourself with in the battle against canine intruders (plus other critters as well!), Havahart® gives you the freedom to select the method that works best for you. Let us know about your preferred methods in the comments section below. Also, join us on Facebook to share your animal repelling success stories. For more helpful articles as well as exclusive discounts, be sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter.