Learn how to eliminate digging or burrowing animals that wreak havoc in your yard or garden using non-lethal methods.

 


This spring you are going to see garden pests. It is an inevitable part of gardening.

Whether you have squirrels, moles, deer, or rabbits, these animal pests will stop at nothing to eat your lettuce or dig holes in your lawn.

Before you go all “Caddyshack” and try to blast the pests out of their holes, consider our non-lethal control methods below to eliminate them from your yard.

We even have product suggestions and links to purchase what you need right now.

 

Squirrel digging in the lawn

 

In “Non-Lethal Ways to Stop Digging or Burrowing Animals” – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 72 – we’ll teach you how you can humanely prevent these animal pests from coming back. 

This episode is meant for any level of gardener looking for ways to remove unwanted animal pests.

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Garden Pests

Any living organism that has a negative effect on your garden or its health is considered a garden pest.

Pests show up in your garden for many different reasons. Some seek shelter while others come hungry noticing that your garden provides tasty meals. Other pests are just short-term guests who pass through or decide to stay for a few days.

Generally, pests are broken down into three different categories- animal, insect, or plant.

 

Animal Pest Examples:

Lawn with 3 mounds of dirt from burrowing animal

Look familiar? These mounds are caused by our favorite burrowing animal, the mole. Look below for a safe product that will eliminate but not kill them.

  • Moles
  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Slugs/Snails
  • Squirrels 
  • Deer
  • Rabbits
  • Groundhogs

Insect Pest Examples:

  • Aphids
  • Caterpillars
  • Spider Mites
  • White Flies

Plant Pest Examples:

  • Dandelions
  • Thistle
  • Morning Glory
  • Hog-weed
  • Grasses
  • Clover

 

Natural Pest Control

There are many different non-lethal control methods to lessen or stop burrowing and ground-digging pests from ruining your garden. 

These animals don’t have to be killed when you see their damage in your garden.

Even if you are unsure which type of pest it is, these methods should still work to deter most animals.

 

For below-ground wildlife, including moles, gophers, and voles:

  • Apply Castor oil pellets
  • Use sound-sonic devices

 

For above-ground wildlife, including Squirrels, Rabbits, Deer, and even Groundhogs:

  • Canine or coyote urine 
  • Fish-emulsions 
  • Pepper sprays or pepper flakes 
  • Planting certain plants around your garden, like Marigolds or certain herbs  
  • There is also the use of physical barriers for fencing or plant or garden bed covers
  • Sounds or noise like music or concussive sounds

 

Keep on scrolling to see links to many of these products below!!

 

 

Garden Pest Elimination Videos

Below are a couple of videos that might also be useful for you.

 

 

 

Pest Control Products

Below are several products we’ve curated for you that are offered on Amazon.

These pest deterrent products are all highly rated and everything is available for Prime shipping except the deer fencing.

We hope these recommendations will be helpful for you too as many of them worked well for us.

 

 

Castor Oil Pellets

Try using these Castor oil pellets to safely deter unwanted moles and voles.

Pellets are preferable to concentrated castor liquid because they are time-released.

We’ve used these many times with decent success.


Solar-Powered Sonic Mole Repellant

These mole repellant devices cover a range of about 650 sq. ft. and are solar powered!

Sonic vibrations actually pulse through the ground deterring all kinds of burrowing animals.

Plus they are waterproof which is a nice feature (especially for us in the PNW).

 

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

This huge 5-lb. bag is perfect for spreading around your yard.

The spicy taste and smell should work to deter most animals.

Unfortunately, these red pepper flakes did not deter our puppy from digging but nothing really does.

 

 

 

Coyote Urine

Gross, but it works.

We prefer the granules to the liquid version because it doesn’t smell as bad (but it does still smell).

Unfortunately, some gardeners have great success with this coyote urine and other people do not.

It might be worth a try for some critters, right?

 

Pest Control Fencing (great for deer)

When in doubt, add fencing to the area.

Fencing will deter diggers and grazers above ground but won’t stop the burrowing pests.

At 7 ft. high, this barrier fencing will protect many things around your yard and garden.

Digging and Burrowing Animals Conclusion

We’ve presented several ideas and options for you to consider for deterring pests using non-lethal methods.

From red pepper flakes to castor oil pellets, one or more of these products should work for you and your garden’s needs..

Now we want to hear from you!

Which idea above do you wish to try?

Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!

 

That’s all for this DIY garden minute episode!

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It is easy to deter unwanted digging or burrowing animals that wreak havoc in your yard or garden using non-lethal methods.

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Today’s Topic: 

Digging and Burrowing Animal Control

Learn non-lethal methods for ridding your yard and garden of pests that dig and burrow.


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Show Notes

Natural Pest Removal Quick Tips Guide


What You’ll Learn:

  • Examples of both above and below-ground animal pests.
  • Ideas and tips for ridding them from your garden or yard using non-lethal methods.
  • Useful resources for further permaculture education

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