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Question: I have problem with ratcoons,deers,possums and who knows what else . I have purchase products to keep them out but the critters keep coming back is there a natural way to deter them?

Answer: Some gardeners report success using the spray-on repellants. These are sold at garden centers and nurseries. They must be applied and reapplied per the label instructions and this can be time consuming (and expensive) if you have many plants. Some gardeners find it is more effective to alternate between different brands so the deer are kept off guard. You might also check with your neighbors and see which plants seem to be less bothered by your local wildlife. Your county extension may also have suggestions. Rabbits tend to be somewhat cyclical in population, so you may find some years are worse than others. Encouraging their natural predators can be helpful, such as foxes, snakes and birds of prey. There are spray-on rabbit repellants that can be used on individual plants similar to the deer repellants. Fencing is a long term solution. You can use a wire mesh about two feet high and also bent outward flat along the soil to deter tunneling under it. This can be used as a trunk wrap on individual trees or to surround a garden area, or made into cylinders to protect individual plants. Wish I had more solutions to share!

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