July 18, 2011

Ground hog or Skunk Troubles? I might call this stuff, SkunkAway.


I WAS SKEPTICAL, BUT PLEASED WITH HOW THIS ALL NATURAL ANIMAL REPELLENT WORKED, ESPECIALLY ON SKUNK HOLES UNDER OUR PORCH AND GROUND HOGS AROUND OUR GARDEN. MADE BY A COMPANY (HAVAHART) I THOUGHT ONLY MADE BIG TRAPS THAT MY DAD USED TO USE. SPRAY OR GRANULAR FORM, AND IT'S ALL NATURAL, REALLY, PEPPER OIL AND ALL.


This past Friday I was invited to a party after work with friends who lived in beautiful modern new home that they built in Rhode Island, on the ocean. In their back yard, the had a few raised bed of vegetables, which we enjoyed viewing from high above on their very cool, and well designed deck. With the view of the water, the sail boats and the modern furniture, I kept saying that it felt as if I was staying at a very stylish boutique hotel, and not a private home....but then amongst the screams and rum-induced laughter, I saw the owner, far below us, waving an oar from a paddle board at this poor little woodchuck, who was munching some arugula in her little garden - arugula that sadly will never make it onto a goat cheese pizza made in her amazing cast iron grill.

For the past five years. we've been plagued by garden pests, even with three terriers who have full range of the garden. We've tried fences, patching up holes in the perimeter fence, fox pee, you name it, even trapping ( which works if you are home long enough to deal with it, and with trapping, there is always the 'deal with it' part i.e. drowning), but nothing really worked well. I was looking for something organic, safe and easy to apply, and I think I found it. Thehttp://www.havahart.com/store/animal-repellents Havahart company is familiar to many of us who have gardens, for their well know traps that can capture most small animals, but did you know that they also sell many other types of pest control that is safe?



Critter Ridder is simple stuff, it seems like a secret blend of black pepper oil capsicum, and other pepper-or menthol type irritants that once tasted or licked off ones paws, becomes offensive, and the result? Bye bye Mrs. Skunk, who obviously has packed up and moved away after three years of living under our porch. Also, bye-bye big box of skunk kit, that we keep in  a cubbord on the porch for the inevitable skunk incident, which, by now, we would have had at least three.!
I just spray these organic pest control sprays, right on the edge of the garden. It's oily, so don't spray it on concrete or on paths, but on mulch or the bottom part under a deck, it works so well. So smell really, and no harm to humans ( unless you lick it or rub it in your eye!). Still, it's safe for those of us who are concerned about such things.



4 comments :

  1. Matt -- not concerned about this stuff with your dogs? Especially with the "don't get it in your eyes" warning.

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  2. We use the spray outside of the dog area. Only on the raised bed in the back, or on the opposite side of the fence. Good point! Thanks.

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  3. I prefer to use natural products myself, so it sounds like a great tool for keeping animal pests away. I would probably still keep it away from my dog area though as mentioned by the previous commenter. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I'm also using Critter Ridder after reading this blog. Thanks for sharing it. I spray this on the edges of my plant box and fences.

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