Solar Offers Eco-Friendly And Humane Pest Repellent Options by Twila581Ingle


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									Solar Offers Eco-Friendly And Humane Pest Repellent Options
Depending on where you live, odds are that you've had wildlife destroy your shrubs, landscape or
gardens. There are, however, a variety of new devices that rely on solar and ultrasound technology to
repel common garden pests.
Because solar pest repellents do not use "natural" or man-made chemicals, they are great for organic
gardener or people who are afraid of harming the environment or poisoning pets or children. Unlike
traps, solar devices do not harm the invaders.
This is a bonus because many gardeners and landscape enthusiasts reach the point where they're
willing to do almost anything. Killing or causing physical harm to animals can get you in hot water with
your neighbors and depending on where you live, the law.
New devises have been designed that use free solar energy to protect gardens. Different devices are
available with features that turn the table and attack the invaders' weaknesses.
For example, common culprits for destroyed landscapes are deer. Deer eat virtually all greenery,
even those that are supposed to be "deer resistant" once they're hungry enough.
Other Achilles' Heels to many gardeners are rabbits that eat young shoots, as well as moles and
groundhogs that destroy landscapes by burrowing holes and tunnels throughout one's property.
Raccoons damage lots of things and can tip over trash cans and scatter contents in search of food.
Squirrels and other small animals also are damaging, as they like to dig up and eat bulbs for tulips,
lilies, daffodils and other perennials. Tubers for irises, dahlias and peonies are favorite snacks.
Perhaps the biggest nuisances for people who live near water are geese. While they are beautiful
birds, they also can be nasty and downright aggressive especially when nesting or right after the
goslings hatch. The only thing worse than trying to cook on your grill while geese are trying to steal
the food, or having them rush up and peck at you while you're walking along your property is geese
droppings. Given geese's often vicious mean demeanors and how much grass and greenery geese
eat each day, all in all geese add up to "a lot of crap!"
Downside of Traditional Solutions
Gardeners plagued by one or more of these garden pests are likely to have tried many solutions:
While netting can be helpful for deer, it draping it over attractive shrubs is like having one's hair style
for a special occasion and then wearing a hair net for the big event. Frankly, it's ugly. And while it
works to an extent on deer which have dull teeth; nets aren't very effective for sharp-toothed animals
such as rabbits.
Fencing is expensive and depending on what you want to protect, is not always practical to install.
And, fencing doesn't work does not deter burrowing mammals, as they will dig beneath it.
Chemical Repellents
There are a few downsides to chemicals. Even if the package says "natural," it doesn't mean the
product is "harmless." (Foxgloves and white oleander are common plants that are extremely
poisonous and often lethal.) Another downside is even when they work, a few good rains requires the
chemicals to be reapplied and the cost runs up rather quickly.
Advantages of Solar Powered Pest Control
Solar technology continues to move forward. Better solar panel, charging systems and batteries are
more cost-efficient than a few years ago, and some pretty clever people have taken advantage of it to
address the pests they are bothered by the most.
Solar lights that act as "Bug Killers" are still around and now they are far more attractive and as
effective as ever. Often designed to look like an attractive solar lighting fixture, they attract
mosquitoes, gnats and moths to the flame, an ultraviolet or halogen light that zaps them.
A newer use of solar technology is ultrasonic devices to repel small mammals. These work by
emitting a sound that is imperceptible to humans, but intolerable to moles, rabbits and groundhogs.
Set a few out and the pests will go elsewhere pretty quickly. These also have been around for a
Two types of devices have come on the market over the past couple of years to deal with the often
more annoying and destructive pests: deer and geese.
One type of products is deer repellents that combine multi-levels of defense. Solar powered, they
incorporates a motion detection device that activates the ultrasound, which in itself scares many deer
away as they by nature are timid creatures. For bolder deer, the ultrasound is followed by a spray of
pressurized water that scared, but does not harm, the animals. And those that don't run from after the
ultrasound kicks-in rapidly flee when the water is aimed in their direction.
Hmm, sounds good. But what about people getting sprayed? Some earlier models often had this flaw.
But new products, usually invented by gardeners, and have on/off switches to turn the devices off
when people will be in the area for garden or recreational purposes. They work in half-circle area of
sensitivity, so people will not activate them when approach them from behind.
Another feature built into some of these repellents is a buzzer audible to people goes off along with
the ultrasound, so people know to move out of the area.
Geese have their own strengths and vulnerabilities, and the newest geese repellents take advantage
of this. Some units work to disrupt geese sleep patterns. Like people, geese need regular sleep and
once they cannot sleep comfortably, they soon take up residence in another area near water.
Other geese repellents work by with a low-illumination solar light that flashes every few seconds. It's
pretty much unnoticeable to humans, but the flashing light stops geese from congregating at night
and early mornings. With their feeding habits interrupted, these devices also cause geese to seek
new home territory rather quickly. They are often used on golf courses and other recreational facilities
because a single unit can cover up to 3.5 acres of land providing there are no line-of-sight disruptions
such as small valleys, hills or trees and brush. For these areas with these features, more geese
repellent units must be installed.
The cost of the most effective deer repellent units begin at about $125, and geese units can run from
$200 to $400. However, these are one-time costs, and there are no operating costs associated with
solar devices except for battery changes, and rechargeable solar batteries last up to two years or
In comparison to fencing, these devices cost less money. Compared to the recurring costs and other
downsides of chemicals, sprays or netting, protecting your property with a one-time investment for a
quality solar pest repellent makes good sense.
Solar pest repellents are sensible for the wallet, sensitive to the environment, and are humane
solutions to save your plants, gardens and landscape from common pests.
Copyright 2011, AM McElroy,

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