Top Questions About Animal Control In The Garden

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Questions About Animal Control In The Garden

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 27, 2010

Q. Bubblegum and Moles

My pest control man said to put bubblegum into the piles of soil dug up from tunnels. Will this get rid of moles? I’ve tried poison peanuts and they don’t work.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 29, 2010
Certified Expert
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I have never heard of using bubblegum before so I cannot say one way or the other as to its effectiveness. However, there are other things you could try. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mole-control-home-remedies-for-removing-moles-from-your-yard.htm

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Answered by
Kelley on
April 21, 2015
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Juicy Fruit gum works for me.

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Answered by
Kelley on
April 21, 2015
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Hello, I'm certainly no expert, but I do have a terrible mole problem. I had heard of using Juicy Fruit gum for moles, so last fall I walked around my yard and dropped gum into every hole I could find, and it seemed to have worked! It no longer felt as though I was walking on a sponge. I didn't get around to cleaning up my flower beds until the last couple of weeks, and as I raked back the leaves I discovered mole, (or vole), holes everywhere!! I will definitely be using the Juicy Fruit gum again! I take a stick of gum, tear in in half, then roll each half into a ball. Drop a ball onto their holes and, or, carefully dig open a small hole into their tunnel you can see, drop in the gum, then cover the hole back, careful not to fill or cave it in. I hope this works for you...and me!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 7, 2010

Q. Mole Removal

Please tell me how to get rid of the moles that are ruining my lawn and garden.

Answered by
Nikki on
December 8, 2010
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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 21, 2011

Q. Indoor Cat and Indoor Plants

I love my indoor plants, yet I also love my cat. However, the two have difficulty co-existing. I have been researching ways to remedy this problem – namely, my cat nibbling on the plants. Many sites suggest putting chili powder or other spices on the leaves of the plant. Hence my question: Are these spices harmful to the plants? What can be put on the plants that will not harm them?

Answered by
Heather on
January 22, 2011
Certified Expert
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Things like chili pepper work because them make it uncomfortable for the cat to get at the plant. Much like if we get a bit of chili pepper in our eyes and it stings, it will do the same to your cat. Other things, like citrus, simply smell bad to them.

You may want to consider growing a plant for the cat to nibble, like wheat grass. That was the cat gets what it needs and will be less likely to nibble on your houseplants. This article can help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/grass/grow-a-grass-houseplant-growing-grass-indoors.htm

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Asked by
kimandjohnp on
February 19, 2011

Q. Rabbit repellent?

We are starting a new garden. We have noticed many rabbits on our recently purchased property and don’t mind them other than allowing them to enjoy the veggies. Any thoughts and/or remedies?

Answered by
Heather on
February 20, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 27, 2011

Q. Keeping Rabbits Out

I have a 5′ iron fence in my backyard, which sits on a 1-2′ wall. How high does a wire fence need to be sitting on the wall, which again has a 1-2′ height? The rabbits now come between the iron fence.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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Probably 24" would be enough. I imagine that the rabbits are hopping onto the wall and then back off the wall into you garden. The wire fence will keep them from being able to make the hop down. Without a running start, they will not be able to get much height to get over the wire. This article should also help you with your rabbit problem: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/how-to-keep-rabbits-out-of-gardens.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 8, 2011

Q. Cats in Garden Area and Safety

We are thinking of putting a garden in the yard but notice that there are cats that have used the area as a litter box. If we remove all of the droppings, is the soil safe to grow vegetables in?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 8, 2011
Certified Expert
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Yes, it should be fine. You will want to take steps to keep the cats out afterward, though. That being said, don't panic if some slips by you. Just make sure to wash your veggies well (which you should do anyway). This article may help with ideas for deterring cats from your garden: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/cat-repellent.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 9, 2011

Q. Cats and Vegetable Planting

Are stray cats a health hazard to vegetable beds outside?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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They can be. If you have a problem with stray cats in the veggie garden, just make sure to wash your vegetables well. Washing will make them safe from the possible bacteria in the cat feces.

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