Solutions for Small Garden Varmints

Your garden can provide you with a relaxing and peaceful environment - except when it's become the home to various types of garden varmints. Moles, snakes, birds, raccoons, groundhogs and other creatures can make your garden their new feeding ground any time of the year.


Here are some solutions for dealing with small garden varmints and pests:

  • Try sprinkling cayenne pepper around your garden. It won't harm your plants, and the smell can turn off various animals and cause them to look elsewhere for food.
  • Identify garden pests and find out what's actually causing the problem. Knowing what you're up against will help you fight back.
  • Put wire around plants to help keep garden varmints out or make it difficult for them to get in, so they'll look for a new garden. Chicken wire is a commonly used material that works well.

  • Spice things up and pour hot sauce down mole tunnels or other animal holes. The spicy air can be irritating and they may look for a new place to call home.
  • Pick up loose leaves, twigs and rocks. Keeping your yard clean will eliminate hiding places for many pests.
  • Consider leaving snakes alone. They eat various garden pests and rarely harm plants.
  • Shine a light on your garden. This will scare some animals away, as they'll think there are people nearby.