You've worked hard to create a beautiful and relaxing pond environment.
However, as an easily accessible source of food and water, your backyard
oasis may attract unwanted predators. Don't let predators undo all your hard
work. Protect your pond investment. Learn how to maximize effective predator
control by employing a multifaceted approach that targets different senses.
Multisensory approach to predator control
Pond predators come in all shapes and sizes, causing damage to both
pond inhabitants and pond landscape. Therefore a single approach to
predator control is unlikely to provide effective protection against the
different predators that may visit your pond landscape. For effective
predator control, use several deterrents that address different senses.
This not only provides greater protection but also lessens the possibility
of predators becoming accustomed to any single deterrent.
Ultrasonic devices such as the Animal Away emit high pitched
ultrasonic sound that repels predators. These compact electronic
devices feature a motion detector that senses animal movement
and activates when an animal enters its protected area.
Deterrents that rely on smell and taste are particularly useful for warding
off a wide variety of predators. Choose nontoxic products such as Nature's
Defense All-Purpose Animal Repellent to protect areas closest to
your pond shore to prevent potential runoff contamination. This versatile
animal repellent contains garlic, cinnamon, clove, and other organic
ingredients to create a scent barrier that keeps unwanted animals away.
Decoys send a visual cue that warns predators to keep away. Decoys are
often replicas of apex predators such as the Floating Gator Pond Decoy
or the Prowler Owl Predator Decoy to scare away a variety of lesser
predators. Some decoys are designed to deter specific predators. For
example, the Heron Standing Bird sculpture takes advantage of
the territorial nature of herons as they will not intrude upon an area perceived
as already dominated by one of their kind. For optimum effect, alter decoy
placement regularly to prevent predators from seeing through your ruse.