5 Natural Ways To Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden

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As someone who has not only spent the last few weeks working hard in my garden, but who has also watched it get pulled to pieces multiple times by a sneaky, unidentified critter, I can safely say that dealing with pests is one of the most frustrating experiences I have had so far as a new homeowner. Even though I’ve never had the greenest thumb, I have come to love gardening and take pride in all of the work I am putting into both my front and back yards, and it’s super annoying to wake up in the morning, only to realize something has been ruining things during the night.

gardenWhile I have my suspicions about who may be feasting on and making a mess of my beloved garden (some of you may refer to him as Peter), I am not comfortable using deterrents that are filled with chemicals and other potentially harmful ingredients. Yes, critters are causing me to pull my hair out, but I am a huge animal lover and don’t want to punish them for exploring their habitat and feeding themselves.

If you’re in the same boat as I am and you want safe, non-toxic ways of getting rid of pests that are taking advantage of your hard work, try using some of the tips and tricks outlined in the list below!

1. Use Hair

It may sound creepy and kinda gross, but sprinkling human hair around your garden can deter larger pests like raccoons and rabbits.

2. Use Peppermint Oil

Apparently, mice can’t stand the smell of peppermint oil! Simply soak a few cotton balls in it and place them around the areas where Mickey is causing trouble.

3. Use Garlic Powder

Mixing up a garlic powder spray or throwing it over your garden soil is a cheap and effective way to keep rabbits away.

4. Use White Vinegar

Soaking something like a rag or a collection of cotton balls in vinegar and placing them near your garden can help prevent cats, rabbits, and raccoons from ruining your crop.

5. Use Cayenne Pepper

While I don’t like the idea of animals experiencing the unpleasant heat that a deterrent like cayenne pepper would cause, if you’ve had it “up to here” with them and haven’t had any luck with other solutions, you can give it a try. Simply sprinkle it on problem areas or create a liquid mixture for harder-to-reach places.

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