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Animal Repellents

Whether deer are eating your foliage or armadillos are digging up your grass, at times wildlife can cause problems. And everyone seems to have a favorite way to repel animals from their yard.

Some people swear by strategically placed mothballs, human hair, or coyote urine. Or you might've read about new repellant sprays that are on the market. But scientists aren't sure which of these techniques work.

If you have a wildlife pest issue, try out different methods to repel the animals, but don't spend too much time or money until you're positive a tactic is working.

Be careful about spraying your plants with strange materials. Make sure you're cautious with toxic products. What can harm wildlife might also be hurtful to pets and children.

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