Daylilies forum: Critters!

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NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Apr 21, 2017 6:36 AM CST
I posted this last January in a thread about deer.
"The accidental discovery that a bug spray on the leaves will repel the woodchuck led me to spray it all around each new daylily, on top of the mulch or soil. This seemed to defeat those raccoons or skunks, or whatever, and they stopped coming."

I needed to add that it looks like it can't be just any kind of bug spray. A couple weeks ago, a raccoon was digging in some potted plants that had overwintered beside my porch. I grabbed the only bug spray I had at the time, which was Home Defense. It says on the label that it's effective for 3 months outdoors, so I thought it would work. I sprayed it on the plants, pots, and all around the area, but the coon came back that night and did even more damage. That bug spray didn't bother the coon whatsoever.

I searched in the garage and found the almost empty container from last year. It was Bayer Dual Action Rose and Flower Insect Killer. It seems that the creatures can still smell this stuff after it dries, because they're not even doing a test nibble now!!! Sure enough, it works like a charm.

I've been spraying this stuff on my phlox, but then the groundhog started in on the hosta. I was shocked, because it hadn't bothered the hosta ever before. And it sure never went in and ate any of the stuff I was using in the havahart trap to try and catch it! I did some research online. Apparently, as long as it's green, groundhogs will eat just about anything.

So, I cut off all the damaged leaves on those two hosta plants. Will they put up new growth this year? They were beautiful.
Name: Karen
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taylordaylily
Apr 21, 2017 7:55 AM CST
I feel your pain, a woodchuck started munching in my gardens this Spring. I read online to try Epaon Salts, woodchucks hate the taste of Epson salts and will leave plants alone that taste like it. I'm happy to report that after a light sprinkling with Epson Salts, the woodchuck has not returned. I only applied the Epson Salts once, I would not continue to apply them very often, as you don't want a build up in your soil.
Best of Luck to you, and hopes for a beautiful bloom season.
NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Apr 21, 2017 9:25 AM CST
Best of luck to you too, Karen!
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Legalily
Apr 22, 2017 7:50 PM CST
Will this bug spray work for rabbits, deer and raccoons? Those are my culprits!
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NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Apr 23, 2017 7:22 AM CST
Hi, Ginny. This stuff will work for anything that's aiming to eat the leaves of your plants. Since the raccoons are more interested in the meat under your plants, you'd have to spray the ground around them.

The best solution for coons is a trap. I've dealt with 4 of them already this spring. My brother tells me they're good to eat. Maybe if I had a passel of hungry kids...

But, yes, this will help with the deer and rabbits. Keep in mind, it's better to train these critters to go elsewhere for their territory. You really don't need them coming into your yard.
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Legalily
Apr 23, 2017 8:00 AM CST
We live in the country so pretty sure I can't trap all the raccoons Hilarious! thank you I'll give it A try. I assume it doesn't hurt any plants.
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josieskid
Apr 23, 2017 9:41 AM CST
Ginny, I know what you mean! I live next to a 700 acre county park, with forest and corn fields up and down all the roads.

I've been hearing about raccoon repellent. It comes in a spray and pellets. I'm starting to think I might give it a try. It can be another scientific experiment, along with the cutting off the hosta foliage.

The Bayer stuff doesn't hurt anything. I was nervous at first, but everything looks so gorgeous! You can't even tell there's anything on the leaves, but it's supposed to work for 30 days. I don't have blooms yet, so the bees are safe. When I used it on the foliage last spring, the groundhog didn't return. I guess some of it has to do with animals looking for territory. Once they're settled in somewhere else, you can be safe for awhile!

NW Indiana (Zone 5b)
josieskid
Apr 25, 2017 4:15 AM CST
Used this on my hyacinth and tulip leaves, and now the squirrels aren't biting the flowers off of them!
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spunky1
Apr 25, 2017 4:51 AM CST
I had a terrible deer problem over the winter and someone here said spray Gain Fabric Softener, I have and continue to do so with no deer problems.
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Legalily
Apr 25, 2017 6:11 AM CST
I bought the gain just haven't had a chance to spray it yet Shrug!
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josieskid
Apr 26, 2017 11:04 AM CST
You guys reporting about using gain fabric softener - have you noticed if it helps with more critters than deer? Like raccoons and groundhogs? Maybe even armadillos?

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