For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
a Visual Feast for Wildlife
? Spring has arrived, and gardening enthusiasts
will soon be heading outdoors to start planting
their gardens. Gardeners are not the only ones who
have favorite plants ? so do squirrels, birds and
other wild animals.
flowers or other garden plants are common problems.
The Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center recommends the following methods to keep
your garden safe from wild animals and prevent you
from having to share your prized vegetables and
flowers with the rabbits, woodchucks and squirrels:
a fence around your garden that is at least 4' high
and preferably buried 12? into the ground.
red or black pepper or chili powder around your
plants. Also place wire mesh cages around vulnerable
Tabasco sauce mixed with water on edible plants.
The sauce can then be washed off for human consumption.
Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center sells two safe animal repellents called Liquid
Fence and Ropel, which can be used to help keep
your garden safe from wild animals. They also sell
a motion-activated sprayer that connects to your
hose and blasts intruding animals with a frightening
(but humane) spray of water when they enter its
you plant flowers or a garden, it will attract wildlife.
Trapping and relocating animals to try to protect
your garden is only a short-term fix, because more
animals will move in to take their place. Furthermore,
you may be causing young animals to be orphaned
by taking a parent animal away from its young.