Whether you are a farmer or urban gardener, the thing most growers have in common is the problems posed by animal pests, such as deers, rabbits, groundhogs and woodchucks, squirrels and raccoons. Animals can destroy a garden almost overnight. Raccoons will tear up a water garden in their attempt to catch the fish in a pond. During the winter, they will take advantage of spaces in homes, garages, and storage buildings that can provide them shelter. Common damage caused by animals in crawlspaces and storage buildings include damaged electrical wiring, torn insulation, and nasty smells.
There are a number of methods available to deter these animals away from your garden and crops, with each capable of providing a measure of success. Fences, live animal traps, poison, and deterrents are all used to eliminate or deter pest animals away from your crops or buildings.
One of the most effective deterrents for pest animals is coyote urine. Available in both liquid and powder forms, coyote urine works by triggering the predator/prey instinct that all animals have. Animals have a much more refined sense of smell than humans, and instinctively avoid situations where they are likely to become a meal for a predator.
Research has shown that scent repellents such as coyote and fox urine have proven to be very effective in the control of common pest animals. Deer react strongly to the odor of coyote urine. Raccoons are a favorite of coyotes and a small amount of coyote urine spread around a yard or storage building will convince them to seek food and shelter elsewhere. When used according to directions, the smell is practically undetectable by humans.
Additionally, it has been shown that using predator urines for pet training is a very effective way of keeping your gardens and flowerbeds safe by luring your dog to the location of your yard that you wish them to use. Dogs are territorial by nature and will mark or scent a location that has been marked by another animal. Coyote urine is effective as a training tool for medium-sized dogs.
Coyote urine scent repellent has been shown to be effective against deer, elk, raccoons, groundhogs, woodchucks, possums, and, in southern locations, iguanas. It is environmentally safe, biodegradable, and does not contain harmful chemicals. It is non-toxic and safe for use around pets, plants and children. It is one of most natural forms of animal pest control.