Animal Control In The Garden

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  1. Bubblegum and Moles
  2. Mole Removal
  3. Indoor Cat and Indoor Plants
  4. Rabbit repellent?
  5. Keeping Rabbits Out
  6. Cats in Garden Area and Safety
  7. Cats and Vegetable Planting
Asked by Anonymous on November 27, 2010
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mole-control-home-remedies-for-removing-moles-from-your-yard.htm

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Kelley

Juicy Fruit gum works for me.

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Kelley

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
Mole Removal

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

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on January 21, 2011
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?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/grass/grow-a-grass-houseplant-growing-grass-indoors.htm

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Asked by kimandjohnp on February 19, 2011
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?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on February 27, 2011
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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: http://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
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/cat-repellent.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on March 9, 2011
Cats and Vegetable Planting

Are stray cats a health hazard to vegetable beds outside?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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