Garden Pest Control – Scare Tactics

They say the best defense is a good offense, so why not apply this principle to your vegetable garden?

If you’ve got a murder of crows hanging around just waiting to attack your corn, or you’ve got particularly persistent deer, groundhogs, moles, rabbits, raccoons and dogs that won’t leave your garden alone and you simply don’t have the budget to fence everything off, try scaring them away.

If you have a cat that likes to hunt, you’ll have help keeping some of the birds and squirrels, as well as the mice or rats away. Garden snakes will do the same with a number of insects, so don’t kill them or try to drive them off (just make sure you know the difference between a harmless little garden snake and a copperhead rattlesnake).

You could also try the low-budget approach of blowing up balloons, attaching ribbons, and tying them to your plants – if you don’t mind the sight of balloons and ribbons bobbing around in your garden. Or you could buy this:

Bird-X Terror-Eyes Inflatable Bird Chaser

Bird-X Terror-Eyes Inflatable Bird Chaser

Frighten birds away inexpensively. Terror Eyes have scary 3D eyes that appear to move and follow as birds fly around them. Terror Eyes represent a constant watchful predator to which birds do not acclimate. Ideal for all types of outdoor problem areas including roofs, loading docks, barns, pools and patios. Use Terror Eyes to eliminate those nuisance birds. A great bird repellent.







If you are not so keen on the idea of a giant orange monster head bobbing around in your garden, you might want to try a more low-key approach by purchasing a “guardian owl” or two…

Bird Repellent: Rotating Head Owl

Bird Repellent: Rotating Head Owl

Realistic Owl head bobs and turns in gentle breezes to startle and repel birds. Measuring 18 in tall, this owl provides maximum garden protection. Hand painted for maximum realism and effectiveness.






If gadgets are your thing, you might want to consider an ultrasonic motion-activated device that will drive away the 4-legged furry critters that might want to graze in your garden when you’re not looking. The two animal repellent devices below work in a similar manner, but for added fun, one of them also shoots out a stream of water at the intruder.

Ultrasonic: Motion Activated Deer and Animal Repeller

Ultrasonic: Motion Activated Deer and Animal Repeller

Startle pests from your yard or garden humanely and effectively with this hi-tech Motion Activated Ultrasonic Deer and Animal Repeller. Unlike most ultrasonic devices our system has been tested and designed to startle animals but doesn’t let the animal become used to the sound. Emits a high pitch ultrasonic blast, just above the frequency of human hearing, which disturbs deer and animals but not you. Covers up to 4000 sq. ft. and has an adjustable frequency range of 5,000-25,000 Hz. The motion sensor has a range of 35 feet x 70 feet, and activates when pests move into the coverage zone. The Motion Activated Ultrasonic Deer and Animal Repeller is powered by a 50 ft. plug in AC adapter(included) or 4 C-cell batteries(not included).






Guardener Motion Activated Animal Repeller

Guardener Motion Activated Animal Repeller

Protect your garden and flowerbeds from unwanted animals using the Guardener repeller. This device is motion activated and will deliver both an ultrasonic warning sound and burst of water to keep your garden safe. Unlike other water deterrent devices, the Guardener does not require a hose connection. The Guardener has a reservior tank of 3.5 gallons eliminating the need for constant refilling. A solar panel keeps the Guardener charged and ready. This device can be used to deter deer, raccoons, rabbits and many other animals. One year limited warranty.
Device measures 12″X12″X23″






If you’ve got burrowers, here’s another gadget you can use to humanely get rid of the problem. Just stick it in the ground and drive them away.

Sonic Mole Chaser Mole Repellent

Sonic Mole Chaser Mole Repellent

Why use poisons and traps around your pets and children? The original Sonic Molechaser is the most humane and environmentally friendly way of minimizing damage to your gardens and lawns by moles, gophers, and other destructive ground rodents. Approved by consumer groups and tested by a U.S. certified laboratory, the Sonic Molechaser covers up to 1/4 acre. It’s the proven way to keep your lawn and garden rodent-free.






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