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Forget rabbits, I have a fence around the garden, my real pest problem is chipmunks. I've got a fence, with some below ground barriers, to keep larger pests out and to keep them from digging but the chipmunks still get in. Chicken wire doesn't keep them out and they end up digging holes in the garden, and eating roots of some of the plants...I lost a bunch of tulips last year due to their incessent root eating. I do have a live trap but that only gets them if they get in, I want to keep them out.

Does Coyote Urine work? What about the fox pheromones? The dried blood and chili powder spray, good for rabbits and such, is not working. I tried the fox stuff when they had been in the house but that didn't work as well as the live trap by their door, that got set with seeds and I eventually got them all out. Is there a good method that I can use? Rather than make my garden a small greenhouse I'd like to keep them out if I can with something sort of organic, if only there was an herb or something that would keep them out.

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Get a statue of an owl and put it in your garden. It should keep most things that owls eat away.

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I like this, will have to try it! Thanks! –  MichaelF Jun 9 '11 at 18:14
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I'm going the owl route, once I find the right model. Luckily I have a few places to move it to so the animals won't get used to it in one place. –  MichaelF Jun 16 '11 at 15:04
    
@Michael we had an ugly plastic one that worked, finding one that is moderately attractive might be the real quest :) –  mfg Jun 16 '11 at 15:08
    
We found a fairly ok looking one at Lowe's, it's hollow plastic but with some sand its stable. So far it seems to work and we keep moving it around daily so no one is getting used to it. –  MichaelF Jun 30 '11 at 4:06
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This is a somewhat different tactic, but getting a dog is an often-effective way to keep small birds and mammals away.

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Cats are good at taking care of rodent problems as well. –  baka Jun 9 '11 at 13:21
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For years we tried all sorts of things to deter unwanted interlopers entering our property. First it was stray cats. They used to get under the house in the middle of the night making loud noises right under where we slept. I used to bang on the floor, go outside in the dark and throw things at them. They still came back. So after some thought I bought an Audi Sub machine gun and loaded it. No not with bullets as it was a battery powered water gun, so loaded it with Cloudy Ammonia. Anyway after a few nights shooting at the cats it fixed the problem. I think the cloudy ammonia soaked into the bases of the house support beams and the ground. Most cats mark their territory with urine so in the dark the cats smelling the cloudy ammonia probrably though a lion had been wandering around.

Years after the property next door had many wild rabbits on it. During The night they used to invade our property and feast on fresh vegetables. The front lawn looked like a golf course with the many holes they had dug. So one day I simply sprayed the border of our property once again with cloudy ammonia. This must have soaked into the grass and ground, as since that day we have never had another rabbit on our property.

Another problem that I fixed up is we had many birds getting into our vegetable and herb garden. Knowing that a birds and some small animals worse nightmare is an Owl I bought a plastic one. However the birds soon woke up that it wasn't real, as it did not move its head.

So with this in mind I scanned a picture of an owls face, making sure it was one with huge yellow eye's (These are the most predatory owls) and frightens even squirrels and other small animals. Then with my laser printer I printed the owls face onto a CD or DVD stick on label. This I affixed to an old CD or DVD disk on the label side. With a diamond drill bored a small hole near the top edge.

As the laser printing of the owls face was in black and white or greyscale colour I then proceeded to paint in the Eye's with the yellow as per the coloured picture of the owl from the original in the bird book.

When it had dried then suspended it with a short length of fishing line just above the vegetables in our garden. The least bit of breeze it spins around first one shiny disk side then suddenly swinging around with the fearsome staring face of the owl.

I asked a friend what she thought. First I displayed the shiny side of the CD disk and just like in Achmed the Dead Terrorist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neTsQng-70o

I asked her, are you afraid? She replied Not really! Then I flipped the disk round to the glaring owl's face and asked her, How about now? She replied "A bit" so if it works on her I thought it surely would on the birds, and it did.

Happy gardening

Peter

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Some great ideas here...thank you very much. Never thought about the ammonia, but that might be useful for the garden and maybe around the house since we seem to get chipmunks running around the foundation. –  MichaelF Nov 25 '11 at 13:27
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Try taping foil pie-pans to garden stakes throughout the garden to make some noise. I haven't tried it, but Shake-Away powder Makes the chipmunks think a fox is around.

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I tried the powder and never got it to work, the Chipmunks seemed to ignore it. Owls worked for a couple of months but now they seem immune to it...I'll check on the pie pans, although I have a windchime there as well and that seemed to not handle it. –  MichaelF Oct 6 '11 at 11:59
    
I heard you can use a battery powered radio, but then you'd have to recharge it. –  jmusser Oct 7 '11 at 1:19
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We used a product called U Scram to keep chipmunks from digging up our potted plants. It is made out of these cork shaped triangles soaked with some smelly oils. Actually I sorta liked the smell. Anyway we stuck one in each of our huge planters and guess what, the chipmunks not only left our plants alone they left the back yard. Lasts through rain too. uscram.com. Also sold on Amazon

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Bucket of Death, it's really horrible but works so well. Fill a 5 gallon bucket halfway full with water then sprinkle the top layer with birdseed till you can't tell there is water there. Place a ramp up to the top of the bucket with a little seed trail, place the bucket near good cover so the chipmunks feel safe investigating. Then you'll find out just how many are actually around. I've easily had 4 in one day. You feel bad but nothing is worst than having 500 strawberries disappear in 2 days! In two weeks I had 11.

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I've used this to get rid of mice in my house, never thought to try it outside though. Could be an interesting option. –  MichaelF Apr 4 '13 at 11:43
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