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15 Most Effective Ways To Deter Critters From Your Property

There are many effective ways to deter critters from damaging your yard and garden, and some deterrents are more efficient than others and usage will vary based upon your need and circumstances.  If you seem to be on the defense to protect your property, then check out this list of ways to deter critters from your property that’s been deemed most helpful.

1. Deer

Keeping deer out of your garden can take a lot of trial and error to find the best method. If you don’t have a fence, then natural repellents are the best option.

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2. Rabbits

Rabbits that are a nuisance to your gardening efforts can easily be deterred by using chicken wire.

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3. Raccoons

The best way to keep raccoons away from your garden or trash is to use a radio at night. This is a cheap and effective option.

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photo by wildlifeanimalcontrol.com

4. Squirrels

Natural repellents are the best way to deter squirrels from your property.

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5. Birds

The best way to deter birds from your property is to scare them or thwart them. Distracting them is also an option.

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photo by diynatural.com

6. Groundhogs

Repellents are not the best solution to get rid of groundhogs. If you don’t want to harm them (and many don’t), then trapping and releasing will be the best option.

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7. Moles

Moles are the worst type of pests on a property as they can easily ruin a good looking yard. The best way to get rid of them is to use castor oil.

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8. Gophers

Spreading castor oil pellets around your yard is the best way to deter gophers.

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9. Mice

Setting baits and traps is the best way to keep mice out of your garden.

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10. Wild Rats

Eliminating sources of food is the best way to deter rats from your property.

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11. Snakes

Setting moth balls and in the yard is one of the best ways to deter snakes.

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12. Cats

Keep cats away from your garden without harming them by using a motion detecting sprinkler.

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photo by neighborhoodcats.org

13. Dogs

A homemade dog repellent is a great way to keep dogs out of your garden.

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14. Coyotes

These wild animals are a nuisance and can even kill small animals like pets. You can deter them by harassing them and eliminate places to make a den.

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15. Foxes

Deterring foxes from your yard can be done by using an electric fence.

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How to Make Canning Jar Lights

Think outside the jar to create inexpensive, country-chic lighting fixtures using Ball canning jars.

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Repurpose glass jars into a pendant light fixture.


When I wanted to come up with a creative, inexpensive light fixture for our dining room, my mind was drawn toward common kitchen objects: We spend a lot of time each summer canning food from our garden, and we also collect old fruit jars. It was only natural that jars be incorporated into the theme of our dining room décor.

Before we made our homemade lights, we scoured thrift and consignment shops until we found a wooden crate for $10. We used this crate as the base of the light fixture.

Here’s how to make canning jar lights. First drill six holes to run the electrical wires through to create “pendant” lighting. Then drill holes through the zinc jar lids and attach bulb hardware to the lids. We used six blue Ball jars as the globes, and we attached the fixture to the ceiling using scrap lumber. The light bulbs are 20-watt fluorescent lamps, which have reduced energy consumption.

Gary and Gina Blocker
Oran, Missouri