AGAWAM, Mass (WWLP) – Sunshine and warm weather mean more people starting to plant. But with sprouting vegetables and flowers, comes the risk of pests. Whether it’s insects and mites, or larger animals like rabbits and deer.
22News went to Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Agawam to find out everything you need to know about keeping pests out of your garden.
There are many garden-safe insect and mite killers. Many are pet safe once they’ve dried. And some are even safe for bees. Red pepper flakes and spray can help keep critters away from flowers. But sometimes, the culprit is a little larger.
“So we’re looking at anything from deer, they repel deer, to raccoons, um, to chipmunks, skunks, uh that kind of stuff. Even rabbits, like rabbits, are really popular right now in yards and, you know, they’re starting to get into gardens and chew things up,” Joe Ovelheiro, the manager, told 22News.
Rocky’s Ace Hardware has a multitude of pest repellents, not just killers and traps, that will keep larger animals away from your vegetables. Watch out for heavy rain, as Ovelheiro suggested laying more pest control down about a week or so after heavy rainfall. If you want to go a more natural route, try building a fence around your garden, and using raised garden beds.
The rest of today and tomorrow will be a good time to get your hands dirty in the garden, but rain returns on Friday.