Armadillo Repellent

mole-repellent.jpgBurrowing animals such as Moles, Voles, and Gophers, are notorious for destroying the root systems of landscaping shrubs, flower beds, and vegetable gardens. It’s natural for moles to create two types of tunnels. The first, are feeding tunnels. These run just below the surface, and appear as raised ridges above ground. The second type of tunnel is dug deeper, and unites the feeding tunnels. It also creates molehills, and is often the signal that you have a pest problem. We found a few people this summer who had this challenge, and asked them if we could review the results after applying a mole repellent to their inflicted areas.

For our tests, we used “Root-Saver” mole repellent from Repellex.com. Repellex Root-Saver is a deterrent available in granular bags, and a ready-to-use 100% organic liquid form. Root-Saver targets moles, voles, and gophers, but also states it’s, “ideal for skunks, field mice, woodchucks, and other burrowing animals”… even armadillos.

Active ingredients are used to dis-flavor food sources, and create an uncomfortable environment. The liquid form includes Castor Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, and Potassium Sorbate. Paprika and water are listed as inert ingredients. Granular Root-Saver combines Garlic Oil, Castor Oil, Paprika, and Wintergreen Oil. The included emulsifying agents allow the mole repellent to penetrate through the soil, which allows a pest-free environment for up to 90 days. Our tests were conducted in an iris garden, a vegetable garden, and the lawn of a backyard.

Gordon tried the granular version on his back lawn. “I’ve had moles in the backyard, ever since we moved into this place two years ago. They’ll leave molehills, which become a nuisance when mowing. I already had a spreader I’ve used for fertilizer. The bag had easy-to-use instructions, and even included directions for specific spreaders.

After a week of spreading the repellent, I actually noticed an increase of molehills. I’d read that this could be expected, because of increased activity. After about three weeks, the hills were about gone when mowing. We have a field behind us, and they moved there.”

Janet used Root-Saver on her iris garden. “Last year I lost a few iris to moles. They ran a path straight through the North corner. When it was announced at Garden Club that Mike (editor of allrepellents.com), would provide mole repellents to any member with pest problems, I grabbed a bottle.

repellex-root-saver-repellent.jpgThere was activity just outside the garden, and I was worried the moles would move in. The bottle easily hooked up to a garden hose for spraying. I probably used only 1/3 of the bottle. I sprayed the iris, and surrounding area as suggested. The activity moved behind the fenceline. I’ll use Root-Saver again next year, even if I don’t see activity.”

Similar results were seen when sprayed around a vegetable garden. Mole activity moved.

Our reviewers were all happy with the Root-Saver Mole, Vole and Gopher Repellent. Root-Saver is available online.

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scarecrow-sprinkler-003.jpgThe Scarecrow Sprinkler is a motion-activated sprinkler with an age-old concept. Contech Electronics has taken the scarecrow out of the ground and placed it on top of a sprinkler head. The sprinkler acts as a deterrent in the garden or lawn by spraying unwanted animals ranging from deer, dogs, cats, rabbits, large birds or other unwanted animals. Connected to a garden hose and operated by a 9-volt battery, a startling blast of water and frightening noise scare the animals when they venture into your precious territory. Intruding pests quickly get out of the way of this natural repellent.

We put the scarecrow sprinkler to the test on a farm with 19 cats, a dog, and neighboring deer. Yes. You read that correctly. This cat owner keeps plenty of felines around to keep the mouse population under control. Unfortunately, visiting coyotes act as an even better cat repellent, so she likes to keep plenty on the premises.

The scarecrow motion-activated sprinkler can protect an area up to 1000 square feet in size. We were surprised how well the sprinkler worked. The dog was the first to get hit by the cold blast. The natural fight or flight survival response kicked in and he quickly learned to avoid the area. We adjusted the sensitivity of the unit for the cats, and the scarecrow sprinkler worked just as well.

Other reviewers of this sprinkler had the same high praise. ‘We bought the Scarecrow because of the problems we had with our neighbors cats.’ ‘It is safe, non-toxic and user friendly.’ ‘The Scarecrow did a great job of keeping the cats out of our yard. I was very impressed with it. I never heard it fire but left the hose attached and the device on all the time for the first week. The connections were tight and did not leak. The spike on the bottom of the device was strong enough and sturdy enough to survive being pounded into the tough Arizona ground.’

‘This is the only thing I have ever seen that is effective against armadillos.’

‘I would say that this scarecrow sprinkler is the best “Cat repellent” period. 2 thumbs up for this product. A+’

Yet, another reviewer commented on the scarecrow sprinkler as a deer repellent. ‘It is a god sent for the deer that visit my lawn every day. They destroy everything around if the scarcrow is not up and running.’

scarecrow-sprinkler-0043.jpgThis motion-activated Scarecrow sprinkler worked well as an animal deterrent. Congratulations to Contech Electronics for producing a safe, natural, electronic repellent. The scarecrow sprinkler is definitely worthy of 5 stars.

Read More testimonials praising the Scarecrow Sprinkler. Regulary $59.99 each. Buy 2 units for less.

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