This Simple Trick Will Keep ALL Animals Away
Let me tell you about my first experience with mice.
I’m sixteen, my license has been planted permanently in my pocket for the last month and I’m heading out of town. As I’m pulling out of the driveway, extremely carefully of course, I feel tiny claws race across my flip flopped toes. I’d love to tell you how brave I was, how I calmly put my car into park, closed the door, and reported the incident to my mom or my dad.
But no, alas I did what most teenage girls do when alarmed by small rodents…I screamed. I screamed bloody murder and jumped out of my still moving car. After realizing that my car was not stopping and it was headed down the driveway to my Dad’s darn near new truck, I gathered my courage, jumped back into my car, slammed on the break, and lunged my shifter into park.
I’ve heard many, many horror stories of javelina, skunks, snakes and other similar vermin that love to sneak and slither and crawl onto your property. While not, foolproof, here is one way to keep them off your property without breaking the bank.
Start washing and saving your milk jugs, cap and all and buy a bag of mothballs. Using scissors or an xacto-knife, cut small upside-down V’s into the upper half, fold the crease up. About four V’s should fit around a gallon-sized milk jug.
Now that the V’s have been cut, add water up to the holes.
Finally drop in four to six mothballs and place at the edge of your property. To really fence in your yard, we recommend placing the jugs about 8’ apart.
I’m not going to lie, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing fix, but if it keeps mice and snakes off my yard, I don’t really care. If you can only handle so many milk jugs, consider placing mothballs around the edge of your house in between the jugs to keep your vermin at bay.
However, I do want to be clear. Mothballs are considered a pesticide, used primarily but not exclusively on moths and carpet beetles. As a pesticide being used on open land, I do not recommend this if you have curious pets or children. Anything in your lawn becomes a toy or food and mothballs are neither!
I have a simple rule, if I can’t pronounce it take caution. This goes for medication, pesticides, foods, etc. Mothballs contain a number of active, hard, if not impossible to pronounce ingredients, one being Naphthalene.
Naphthalene became registered in 1948 as a pesticide and has since been used to kill and repel insects and animals. Naphthalene can be produced from cigarettes as well as car exhaust. Its brother Paradichlorobenzene was registered in 1942 as a fumigant. Both are ingredients in mothballs and both are dangerous in high doses. Each of them go from a solid to a vapor, the water will help to dilute the scent, without sacrificing a great deal of efficiency.
Rule of thumb for mothballs; if you can smell it you have too many.
Well there it is folks, one simple solution to an all-too-common problem. Some say it works, some call it a myth. As always, do your research, if this isn’t the method for you, I guarantee there’s one still out there. The decision is all yours.
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