Critter Control

Since I live in a small town that is fairly densely populated, I don’t get to enjoy watching a picturesque scene of wildlife frolicking across my backyard, with the exception of the occasional scurrying bunny, squirrel, or chipmunk.

When I do encounter wildlife, it is usually not enjoyable.  The other day when I was walking my dog, I swear I was dive bombed by flock of Ravens (I’m not sure if that is what they were, but they were like crows on steroids with bigger bills) that were perched along my roof and my next door neighbor’s roof (picture a Hitchcock bird attack).  It was terrifying!

BUT the wildlife that I fear most is… the evil cats.

I know it is a fairly common gardening problem, but I have literally been pushed to my limit with cats using my garden beds and planters as litter boxes.  It is so freaking nasty to come across a landmine while I’m digging in the dirt.  To try and protect my garden beds, I have tried bamboo skewer grids and sprinkling cayenne pepper around my plants without much luck.  I have also considered more, let’s just say, extreme deterrent methods… but I won’t go into detail.

The cats should consider themselves lucky because on a recent shopping trip to the Farm Market I bought an organic animal repellent that is produced locally (and who doesn’t love to support local businesses?).

The product is called Weiser’s Nature’s Defense (http://natures-defense.com/) and it is non-toxic and environmentally safe.  It is also easy to use – you just sprinkle the granules in or around the area that you want to protect.  It should be sprinkled twice for the first week and then once a week for maintenance.

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It claims to defend against:  Deer, Rabbit, Squirrel, Mice, Rats, Moles, Voles, Shrew, Skunk, Chipmunk, Woodchuck, Gopher, Groundhog, Porcupine, Elk, Beaver, Armadillo, Raccoon, Possum, and Prairie Dog.  Most of which don’t apply to me (I would love to see an armadillo or prairie dog around town!).  BUT most importantly, it also deters Domestic and Feral Cats.

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The product literally looks like a spice rub.  It contains garlic, cinnamon, clove, white pepper, rosemary, thyme, and peppermint.  Sounds delicious. 😉

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Particularly for cats, it says to sprinkle it every time you find a nasty nugget to discourage them from using the same spot over and over again.  This is what the product looks like sprinkled on some dirt.

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So, I am hopeful that this animal repellent will work.  Unfortunately, I sprinkled the granules in my onion patch and less than an hour later I saw an evil cat sitting / chilling out in my onion patch.  Luckily it wasn’t squatting, but I’m sure it had bad intentions or had already done its business.  My corgi (Goldie) and I chased it away, but I was bummed that one application of the product didn’t seem to deter the cat at all.  Needless to say, after I brought my dog in, I “seasoned” the patch much more heavily.

The product does say to allow a week for it to take its full effect…  Sigh, gardening is truly a test in cultivating patience and restraint.

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