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Assessing Your Needs for a Deer Fence- Monday, December 9, 2013

Everyone knows that the primary purpose of a deer fense is to keep animals and pests away from your garden, yard and landscape work. But you can't choose the best garden fence until you know what "the best" is for your particular needs - i.e. what kinds of animals are really getting into your garden and landscape. But that's why we're here! To let you know.

The eight most prevalent animal pests that get into gardens, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Deer
  • Groundhogs
  • Pocket gophers
  • Rabbits
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Squirrels
  • Voles*

*A vole is a small rodent that looks a lot like a mouse. The differences are few and far between, but voles have a shorter, stouter body, a shorter tail, a rounder head and smaller ears and eyes. Their teeth are also a bit different.

It's interesting that voles are more often spotted in gardens than mice or rats. Also note that opossums and moles are missing from the list... interesting indeed! It's because neither of them actually eat or damage crops and plants. Actually, their diet consists of mostly insects, so they're considered beneficial.

We suggest identifying which animals are causing havoc. You can use visual clues such as footprints, teeth marks, feces and even the way they dig for food and what food they dig for.

We will say, however, that if you live in the southern Ohio / Northern Kentucky areas, deer, squirrels and rabbits are very prevalent. You can also witness the damage done, (especially by squirrels, birds and groundhogs) during daylight hours. Purchase binoculars to view them from afar.

Knowing is half the battle! If you have any questions, talk to a specialist here at Buck Stop by calling 1-800-699-0643.

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