They look so cute, what with that little mask of theirs…
…yet they can wreak havoc in your garden, around your house, in your house…
My concern was discovering that they have been in my garden rifling the strawberries. The fruit has not ripened yet, and the unripe berries have been pulled from the plants and were found laying on the ground surrounding the berry patch.
I looked all over the internet for information on how to keep these little cutie pies out of my garden. What I found was this:
**Dog hair – brush your dog and spread the hair around the area of fencing that circles the garden. We will do this shortly as Astro is losing his winter coat by leaps and bounds.
**Stinky socks – one site said that if you put the stinkiest clothing that you have in the garden it will deter the raccoons.
**Attach at the top of the fence, chicken wire. But you attach it at the top of the fence in a way so that when they climb the fence, it moves out from the fence so that they cannot go over it as they are hanging from the underside of the chicken wire. I do not have enough energy, or chicken wire to do this tonight.
**Cinnamon, and black pepper. And in another article it was cayenne pepper.
So, what did I do? I rifled my husband’s dirty laundry hamper and hung my husband’s underwear and socks all over the garden! He was not happy… 😦 OK – only kidding, but it does give you a funny picture doesn’t it? What I did was combine equal parts of cayenne, cinnamon, and black pepper in a shaker. I went down to the vegetable bed and shook this mixture around the strawberry patch, and all the new plantings. I will let you know tomorrow if they returned and foraged.