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In The News: Fall Season, Your Garden & Urban Wildlife

As Summer in Vancouver comes to an end, and the fall season in the Lower Mainland begins, the natural environment around us starts to adapt to the new climate. Effected by the seasonal changes are our urban wildlife friends, as well as the plants we keep in our backyard or patio gardens. If you are concerned about your garden, and are interested in protecting your favorite plants and vegetables against animal intruders, here are some great tips.

Randy Celinski, president of AAA Wildlife Control in Vancouver, was recently featured and quoted in a Globe and Mail article on the topic of safe-guarding your garden against wild critters during the fall months. Many avid gardeners are planting next spring’s bulbs, before the ground freezes over, or are harvesting fruit and vegetables that are just now maturing. According to Randy Celinski, there are a number of tactics you can implement, to reduce the damage done by animals living in our urban neighborhoods:

  • Barricades – The sure-fire deterrent against larger animals are electric fences. Other options are simple mesh or wire fencing, to lock-out un-wanted animal intruders.
  • Metal Armour – Wrapping tree-trunks in aluminum sheeting will prevent animals from climbing up to where the fruit is hanging.
  • Odour Offensive – Certain smells have been known to deter animals, but this tactic has shown mixed results and depends largely on where you live.
  • Water Arsenal – Motion-sensing water systems are available from home and garden centers, that are triggered by invading creatures.
  • Chemical Warfare – Some gardeners have found success with cayenne pepper and even hot sauce!
  • Retreat Indoors – For your tomatoes, once they are starting to blush, it is safe to move them indoors to complete the ripening process.

If you would like more information on the tips above, be sure to read the article in the Globe and Mail, or call any of our offices and our staff will be more then happy to give you further advice or solutions to your urban wildlife problem.

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