deterring garden pests

Deterring Garden Pests: Save Your Garden

Recipes and Remedies for Deterring Garden Pests

…Deer, racoons, rabbits and squirrels – lovely to look at, but devastating to the unprotected garden.

Arrgh! Those pesky deer cruised through and ate all my… Yikes – my new broccoli plants vanished overnight! What happened to my tulips – the buds are all chewed off!!

Do any of those exclamations sound familiar? Almost every gardener, at one time or another, finds their prized plants chewed, nibbled or devoured by some pesky critter. It could be squirrels, gophers, deer or rabbits doing their sneaky tricks while your back is turned or you are sleeping.

What to do is the big question, and unfortunately, there are absolutely no definitive answers. Trap and release? Deterrents? Scare devices? 8 foot fences? All work and none work, depending on the problem beast, the hunger and the bold brassiness of the pest. What one deer refuses to touch, another will look upon as the most delicious meal.

However, here are a few recipes for deterring garden pests. I’ve found the first one to work, deterring deer from devouring all the new red leaves on my Photina shrubs. Deer tend to avoid smelly or furry things, so go with adding some strong smelling deterrents as your first line of defence.

Deer Repellent:

  • 3 raw eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of red hot sauce (the hotter the better)
  • 3 tablespoons of garlic juice or minced garlic

Add enough water in the blender to process and mix the ingredients well. Once there are no lumps or bits, add this smelly juice to a gallon of water and allow it to sit out in the sun for a day to ripen. Strain it, and spray on plants. You can make the spray last longer by adding Wilt Proof or a tablespoon of cooking oil.

Here’s another:

  • 1 cup sour milk, sour cream, or buttermilk
  • 2 eggs beaten and strained
  • 5 drops liquid dish soap
  • five drops cooking oil or dormant oil
  • 20 drops of essential oil of cloves

Top off in a 1 gallon container with water. Shake well. Spray it on as a light mist. Respray every 2-3 weeks.

If squirrels are chomping your tulip bulbs or other flower buds such as rhodos, try this. It should work to deter rabbits also:

  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 quart hot water
  • 1 tsp oil (horticultural or cooking)

Mix the cayenne into the hot water and let it cool. Strain it, put in a spray bottle, add the oil and shake. Spray onto buds while they’re still green.

Scare ’em Away

And if you’re interested in scary tactics for deterring garden pests of all varieties, here’s a device available on Amazon that has great success:

Versatile and Broad-Reaching for Maximum Effectiveness

The Scarecrow is versatile enough to keep deer, rabbits, and other foragers from snacking on plants and bulbs, to prevent dogs from digging up newly seeded lawns, to keep the cat from using your garden as a litter box, and to scare predators like herons and raccoons away from your fish pond. That’s quite a record list for deterring garden pests of all kinds!

The ScareCrow’s motion detector is powerful enough to guard an area up to 1000 square feet of coverage with a single sprinkler. For added coverage, Scarecrow sprinklers can be linked in series to guard larger spaces.

Efficient Design and Easy to Set Up

Setting the Scarecrow up is fast and easy, and doesn’t require any special tools. Simply install a standard 9-volt battery, connect the sprinkler to your hose, push the 17-inch stake into ground to secure the unit, and set the adjustable sprinkler arc to cover the area you want protected.

How Well Does This Work?

With a customer rating of 4.5, from 2297 reviewers(last count), this has quite a success record.
Added benefit – no chemicals, no smells.

Have you any time-proven ways you’ve used for deterring garden pests and conquering the nibblers?

Post your comments and your solutions for deterring garden pests below. We always love to hear from readers, and share gardening tips!

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Donna says

The other “things” deer don’t like are the new little Christmas lights – they are afraid of jumping over them and it apparently bothers their eyes. Our neighbour picked this tip up from a farmer and has strung his fence top with them. The tulips on her side of the fence look marvelous, mine are like salad to their tummies!

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