Thursday, October 30, 2014
Getting rid of Garden Pests
What are garden pests? To my mind a garden pest is anything which either you, or your humans, don't want hanging around in the garden, chewing or pooing where they’re not wanted.
Cats, starlings, cats, mice, lizards, cats, sparrows, cats, pigeons, cats, postmen, cats, cats. Im sure you know what to do with these—if you shred the bits they can always go on the compost heap if you’ve got one. If any cats actually live in your house it might be an idea to leave those ones alone—humans sometimes get a bit hysterical if you get rid of the resident felines. And if you tend to be a bit slow it might be an idea to get a faster friend to deal with the cats — cats are such dirty creatures any scratches they give you tend to get infected.
Another tip—I’d leave the snakes alone unless you’re really sure you know what you’re doing. I knew one dog who delighted in chasing, catching and eating the cockroaches that bred under the hibiscus tree where he lived. An acquired taste, I think, and he was a bull terrier cross, which possibly explains it!
I also knew a funny schnauzer who used to do the same to the crickets that were invading her home. She thought she was helping out, and she probably was doing a lot to cut down the numbers (she caught one hundred and eighty in a night when I was visiting!) but her humans laughed and laughed at her. Fortunately she was a puppy still, and had a thick skin as well, so her feelings were not hurt. Personally I think it is beneath a dog’s dignity to expose him/herself to such human mirth!
Posted by Carolyn Cordon at 10:10:00 PM