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How to prevent river otters - There are no known, registered, or legal otter repellents available for sale. High-pitch sound machines are proven to be a fraud. The only way to repel otters is to trap and relocate them, or install physical barriers.
Many of us have a liking for otters or in the worst case scenario, tolerate them. While this is the case, very few people would tolerate otters owned by other people. It is definitely very upsetting to have them using your backyard as their mating ground or public toilet. It becomes even worse if you are the kind of person who is particular about the look of your garden or you have young kids who more of ten than not play in your backyard. While many otters will try to cover their poop, they are not always very successful and therefore you will always have messy and smelly business to take care of after they are through. In addition, this business could also have detrimental effects on your health. This underlines the importance of looking into ways of preventing river otters from accessing your compound. There are actually numerous (low cost) ways in which you could prevent river otters from coming into your compound or house.
One of the most effective ways of preventing river otters is by spreading the seeds of black pepper in your garden. Alternatively, you could make use of pepper spray. All these are supposed to deter otters from straying into your compound or garden. You may also consider using citronella oils. This has been known to be very effective and easy to make. You only need to blend a 25 percent solution of oil and water then spray it on the areas where the otters frequent.
Another commonly used method of deterring river otters is spreading moth balls in your garden. While this may be quite effective, many people view this as replacing one animal with another. There have also been allegations that when these moth balls become degraded; their residue could have lethal effects on other animals thereby disqualifying the option as the best.
In addition, there are particular plants which otters may not be very fond of. In this case, you could consider incorporating them in your garden to deter the river otters. Some of the plants that would work best include those with strong smell such as geraniums lavender, peppermint and garlic which may be grown on the garden edges. On the same note, it would be important that you get rid of plants that are known to attract otters. Many people have actually incorporated otter mint in the place of peppermint only to have every other otter in their neighborhood visiting.
One of the best strategies for deterring river otters from gaining access to your garden is strengthening your fences. You need to look into any gaps that may be in the fence and ensure that they are not big enough as to allow otters to get through. In addition, you could consider topping the fence using chicken wire. This will prevent the river otters from climbing the fence as well as block the holes in your fence thereby making it impossible for them to get in.
Many people have also found automatic sprinklers as very effective in preventing as well as getting rid of the river otters. In this case, you can install sprinkler around the garden and incorporate motion sensors in which case the sprinklers go off any time the otters walk by. Be sure to move the sprinklers just in case the river otters learn to work their way around them.
Prevention of river otters would only work out if you can coordinate with the neighbors. In this case, if there is any neighbor who feeds them, it would be time you requested them not to feed them otherwise they will always come back.
More in-detail how-to otter removal articles:
Information about otter trapping
- analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a otter
- with poison or other methods.
Information about how to keep otters away
- prevention techniques.
Information about how to catch a otter
- remove one stuck in the house.
This site is intended to provide otter deterrent education and information about otter repellents, such as those you can buy online, so that you can make an informed decision
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