Normally, a deterrent will be effective for about two weeks. Gardeners using bone meal, blood meal, or fish meal should be aware of the dangers of these soil amendment products. A full-time writer since 2007, Axl J. Amistaadt is a DMS 2013 Outstanding Contributor Award recipient. Photo: En: User: Fg2, Wikipedia. As mentioned, it can burn your plants if not used properly. No self-respecting canine would turn his nose up at such an irresistible delicacy. The primary symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and bleeding within the gastrointestinal tract. Banfield Pet Hospital: Summer Toxins -- Gardening Products. Blood meal does not work, don't waste your time. Blood meal is a 100-percent natural fertilizer and soil conditioner that can injure or kill your best buddy. ); Bright light set off by a motion detector; Cat or dog fur (get some from a pet groomer); Commercial animal repellents (Plantskydd, Bobbex, etc. Aluminum plates or metal cans attached to strings so they bang together in the wind; Animal decoys (owls, snakes, hawks, coyotes, etc. There are some things you should be aware of when using blood meal. A scarecrow will work for a while … but not the whole summer! If so, no worry: there is a whole range of animal deterrents you can try, products that are supposed to drive them away. No self-respecting canine would turn his nose up at such an irresistible delicacy. That means you’ll need a whole arsenal of repellents if you want to spend a summer in peace. Marigolds and borage will not repel woodchucks and groundhogs, either. Waste to animal feed & fertilizer What many don’t realize is that “organic” doesn’t always mean “safe if ingested.” Organic gardening products are either mined from rock minerals or made of natural animal and plant materials. But are they effective? A motion-activated sprinkler will scare pests away every time. Deterrents function by scaring mammals (and also birds in some cases): they make the animal feel that there is something strange or abnormal going on and it feels threatened, staying away for a while. Blood meal or chicken manure (and they’re fertilizers too! Dogs like the taste of blood meal and will lick it off the ground or off of plants. He publishes online articles with major focus on pets, wildlife, gardening and fitness. The downside is that the dog who sucks down a heaping helping may be setting himself up for a nasty bout with diarrhea, vomiting and severe inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). In my experience there is nothing that will deter a hungry raccoon or woodchuck. You can’t blame Rusty for taking a keen interest in blood meal -- it just smells and tastes so doggone good. Blood meal is an organic, natural fertilizer, but it can cause diarrhea, gastrointestinal blockage and even death if consumed in large quantities. Animals can smell things like that even though it's buried. ); Shiny ribbons that dangle from branches or wires; Treated sewage sludge (Milorganite, for example); Ultrasonic devices (actually, though widely available, they have not been found very effective). True enough, it’s only with water, but … something has touched it and that is something no animal seems to be able to get used to. Essential to your dog‘s health, iron in excessive amounts can give him a nasty case of iron toxicity. My husband is a fisherman. This organic product consists of animal blood that has been flash-frozen, dried and ground into powder. Not radios playing in the garden, at least, not for long. Blood meal may also attract unwanted visitors, such as dogs, raccoons, possums and other meat eating or omnivorous animals. And that’s where the problem lies: there really is no threat and, once the animal realizes that there is no real danger, it comes back to its former haunts. ); Garlic spray; Highly perfumed fabric softener sheets; Human hair (ask your hairdresser to save some for you); Adding insult to injury, that bag of blood in your garage is also chock-full of iron. Apparently peace between humans and animals is worth any expense! There are dozens of these products on the market and just as many homemade deterrents: plastic owls or snakes, silver ribbons or aluminum pie plates that move in the wind, systems that produce loud noises or ultrasounds, stinky products like rotten eggs, predator urine and animal fur, good old-fashioned scarecrows, and the list goes on.