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smokythecat
Lincoln Park, NJ
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2001
4:52 PM

Post #3131

I sure this subject has come up before, but let me canvas the Forum again: Which commercial (or home made) animal repellent works best for you? Squirrels decimate newly planted bulbs in my garden, particularly tulips and irises. I have used Ropel and one called, I believe, Deer Off, with limited success (active ingredient in both is capsicum). Anyone have success with fox urine or broken up shells? The local garden center guru stated that you need to change the type of repellent periodically as squirrels and deer become accustomed to one kind used over a long period of time.
Also, the pepper spray types leave a coating or film on leaves and stems. All the instructions say this is not harmful to plants; but, is this true?

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