Pets are wonderful. As a home-owner you may have adorable, loving pets of your own. However, even if you’re a huge animal lover, some things they do may still frustrate you. Unknown animals or pets may choose to mark their territory on your freshly mowed lawn. Your own pets may seek to destroy your vegetable garden and flowerbeds whenever they get the chance. And some sneaky critters may think dumpster diving in your garbage cans is the most amusing thing on earth. If you have had it with all the messes left behind from your neighborhood zoo then here are 8 ways to keep them at bay.
1. Foods that Repel:
Certain foods prevent dogs and cats from using your yard as a bathroom. Partially rotten potatoes send many dogs running in the opposite direction of your yard. To steer off cats you can concoct a mixture of orange peels with coffee grounds and toss the mix over the spots you are most concerned about. Both items also make great compost for your soil and plants.
2. Spices that Deter:
Many animals aside from dogs and cats are offended by the strong scent of spices. Sprinkle any of these three peppers: cayenne pepper, black pepper and or red pepper along the border of your yard to create a protected boundary. You can also sprinkle the peppers on spots that were previously used as a litterbox to prevent the animal from going there again. The strong spices will send the animals running off sneezing and they will remember not to return.
3. Moth Balls Avert:
Cats, dogs and rodents are also appalled by the scent of old mothballs. Instead of throwing them out, strew them about your flowerbeds and gardens for an animal free display of flowers and vegetables.
4. Animal Catchers Forestall:
If things are getting really out of hand and you are not sure how to address the situation, contact your local animal control specialist and ask them what they think. If nothing else they can locate the pet’s owners and give them a good talking to for you.
5. Ammonia Inhibits:
To keep neighborhood pets out of your garbage cans, gently douse the cans with a small amount of ammonia. Chances are the animal will be deterred within a few feet of the garbage and hightail it out of there.
6. Vinegar Discourages:
Another awful smell that discourages animals is vinegar. Deer, cats, rabbits, raccoons and dogs detest the smell of vinegar perhaps more than strong spices. You can place vinegar soaked rags on stakes around your garden or spray white vinegar along the edges of your yard. The scent ought last 7 to 10 days, depending on whether it rains or not.
7. Listerine Impedes:
Speaking of sprays, Listerine is another unpleasant substance that halts the pursuit of a front yard latrine.
8. Sprinklers that Thwart:
A simple and brilliant way to prevent any intruder from trespassing on your lawn would be to install high pressure, motion triggered sprinklers. One step and they receive a surprise blast of water to their face. They are called Scarecrow sprinklers and can be purchased from several online sites.
Animals and pets are amazing and they can be very fun to play and cuddle with. But when they treat your yard like a community lavatory you’re feelings for them can become less than agreeable. Don’t let your adoration for lovable pets and animals dwindle because of this. Protect your yard and gardens so that you can continue to appreciate those delightful creatures.