January 19th, 2022
Unlike humans, animals don’t have the luxury of ordering takeout when they’re hungry in the wintertime. When their food becomes less abundant, they turn to more convenient ways to source their meals – one of which is your beautiful garden. Our fig trees and some fruit trees were chewed through this winter by rabbits due to the snowfall. If you are experiencing something similar, keep reading for some tips and pest control products to deter animals from ruining your pride and joy!
If you have the space and resources, fencing would be your best bet to prevent damage from wildlife. You can install a 4 or 5 foot high fence around smaller planting beds, dug deep enough into the ground to keep out voles. This size of fence is often good enough to keep out rabbits and deer, as deer often prefer to enter large areas.
As fencing is not always practical, another trick for deer that some gardeners have been successful with is outdoor is fishing line! You can surround your landscape with 2 sets of fishing wire: at 1 foot (12”) and 3 feet (36”) off the ground.
If you’re in the city with a smaller space and the squirrels are a nuisance, or you don’t feel like pulling a Kevin from Home Alone to rig your property with wires and boards, we have the perfect solutions available at Hunters Garden Centre! These products repel animals by making the plants smell bad and taste bad to them. The animals become irritated and will no longer consider your garden free food!
Bobbix Deer & Rabbit Repellent
Bobbix Deer & Rabbit Repellent is an all-in-one formula recommended for shrubs, flowers, forest trees and vegetables not yet bearing fruit. It is an environmentally friendly formula specifically designed for long-lasting effectiveness during the winter season. It works for a range of animals, including deer, elk, moose, rabbit, chipmunk, voles, groundhogs and squirrels.
We also have to give you a forewarning… the product has an unappealing fragrance (to put it nicely). The smell is extremely strong and some may consider it repulsive, especially in small environments. Keep this in mind when spraying it as it will last for days. As well, you would want to store it in an outdoor shed or your garage – as far away from the home as possible. Of course, always follow the instructions on the bottle!
Please note that this product is currently only available at our Surrey store. Please call to arrange a delivery to our Vancouver store if you would like to purchase it.
Hunters Garden Centre also carries Critter Ridder, which is another animal repellent for invading a range of animals. We offer this in a powder and a liquid spray format. Critter Ridder contains a powerful, patented blend of hot pepper ingredients to ward off animals should they smell or consume the product.
*Please Note: If you have a pet of your own such as a dog or cat, please keep this product away from them as if they get the product on their paw it will cause extreme irritation due to the hot peppers.
We also carry other pest control solutions and products to protect your garden from the cold weather. Keep your garden intact throughout the rest of the winter and protect it from hungry deer, rabbits, voles and more! Hunters Garden Centre is your one-stop garden shop helping you with all your garden needs.