Insects aren’t the only things that can get into your garden and destroy all your hard work, or damage your crop. Birds and animals are also culprits, and dealing with them is not so easy. Birds, rabbits, and mice, as well as larger animals like deer, sometimes call for prevention services by your pigeon exterminator in Phoenix AZ company.
Birds are hard to keep away from the garden, no matter what you do.
And, in many ways, birds can be an invaluable asset to your garden, finding and eating many bug and insect species that may otherwise harm your fruits, vegetables, flowers, and shrubs.
However, in some cases, birds can also cause damage, and that’s when you may need to consider some type of bird control.
The old standby, the scarecrow, will work for a few days, but then the birds wise up and get used to its presence. Gardeners and farmers must always move the scarecrow, even re-dressing it occasionally, in order for it to be effective. The same goes for the plastic owls that many homeowners use.
Netting is the most common method of deterring birds away from your garden. Plastic netting is inexpensive and can be purchased, in some locations, in black, green and orange colors.
You may opt to cover the entire garden, securing the netting to posts or poles, or you may cover only the fruits or vegetables that appear to be most vulnerable.
Netting can be gently settled over budding shoots, small shrubs or over seedlings. Netting won’t harm the birds and will allow your young plants to mature.
Other stubborn animals, like deer, rabbits, moles, and mice, can be more challenging to keep out of your garden. Fencing works for some of the larger animals, but rabbits and moles, as well as prairie dogs, can burrow beneath the fencing to get to the garden.
As with birds, however, it’s often beneficial to allow some animals into your garden, like hedgehogs, frogs, and toads, because they will feed on other garden pests.
The rest, however, end up causing a lot of damage, not only to the plants but also by digging up their roots.
Anyone who lives in deer country knows they can jump a fence 10 feet high. Erecting such a high fence is impractical, but you may consider an electrified fence.
Rabbits and prairie dogs are notorious at finding their way into gardens, and the most common methods of controlling them, including shooting and trapping, don’t even make a dent in their populations.
These stubborn animals need fencing to keep them out, but you’ll need to bury one-inch mesh or chicken wire fencing at least 6 inches or more into the ground. In many cases, gardeners will also curve the mesh toward the garden area by 4-6 inches or more in order to prevent the animal from burrowing under the fence line and up into your garden.
Cats act as a natural mouse or mice control and are very effective in keeping your garden, house, and yard mouse free. For more stubborn varmints like moles, you will need to trap them. These are perhaps the most difficult animals to keep out of a garden.
Common methods to eradicate them include fencing, smoke and cramming things down their tunnels and holes. However, this only succeeds in a short period of time.
They will dig new holes or tunnels as soon as you successfully block one or make another uninhabitable.
Barrel traps are the most commonly used to trap moles. While this is the last resort for many gardeners, as moles are cute and part of the natural food chain, your ability to even grow a garden may be seriously hampered if you have a mole problem. Mole traps kill quickly and efficiently and are placed into a mole run.
To find the location of a mole run, draw a line between two molehills. By digging down into the soil, you will locate the tunnel.
Place the barrel trap into the tunnel, and then cover with soil and mark the location with a peg or other marker and then check it every day, removing dead moles as they are trapped.
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