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Quick Tips - Some animals can be a nusiance in the garden while others we invite. Many of the following tips to limit wildlife in your garden are actually contrary to other recommendations for creating wildlife habitat. YardScapers must weigh the pros and cons before acting to reduce or prevent wildlife intrusion.

  • Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill. Tamp down mole tunnels and rake out any soil they bring up. If the tunnels re-appear, you may want to invest in harpoon traps. Upside: moles aerate the soil and eat damaging insects. One great mole website is
  • Make your yard less attractive to woodchucks by removing brush piles, old stumps and wood piles. Lure woodchucks away from your garden by planting favored foods such as clover and alfalfa in another area.
  • Smart ones: raccoons, skunks, squirrels and chipmunks. Trapping is the surest way to remove these problem critters. But, don't expect to control a whole caboodle of these critters with trapping. There's always more where they came from. Lawn grubs can be a calling card for skunks especially. Monitoring the lawn and managing grubs as they hatch from their eggs in July and August can help reduce problems with skunks, crows and seagulls.
  • Deer tend to stay away from succulent, poisonous, pungent flavored and hairy or furry leaved plants. They can be scared away by motion sensor devices attached to lights or loud music. Of all the methods, though, fencing is the most reliable.
  • Partially eaten potatoes or carrots are a sign of mice and voles. They also like newly sown seeds and most flower bulbs (except daffodils). The first line of defense is to create a mouse-unfriendly environment by removing food, water, and shelter. Delay using fluffy mulches such as straw until late in the season. Mice love to winter over in this material and it gives them easy access to your plants under the snow. Place precious bulbs such as lilies in metal cages or place sharp, crushed gravel around the bulb when planting to deter these tunneling pests.