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 Use scent to deter foxes


Foxes have a very strong sense of smell and will eat almost anything. Gardens with chickens or rabbits, or bird feeders, accessible pots, and crops are particularly attractive. You can use some scents to deter foxes, they are said to dislike the smell of chilies and garlic, so pour boiling water and spray your garden as a fox repellant. Other animal repellents are available, but be aware of the risk to other wildlife and always read the manufacturers' instructions carefully. If a territory is marked by a fox, it will take some effort to move them, and if they feel their territory is being threatened, they may increase the amount of marking.

Cucumber beetles

 Cucumber beetle-spots Diaphrodica antesymbangtata Host Plants: Crops: Cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, corn Where to find: Parts of North America and Mexico Description: Spotted cucumber beetles are about 1/3 inch long and bright greenish-yellow with 12 black spots on the wings. Damage: In the spring, spotted cucumber beetles are often found on squash and cucumber seedlings, after which they disappear for a few weeks. During this time the new larvae feed on the roots of grasses, including corn. The second generation develops in mid-summer and the adults eat more of the cucumber family crops and the flowers, fruits, and roots of the corn. When they feed, the beetles spread viral diseases and bacterial wilt, which cause the plants to wither and die. Preventing problems: Plants including buckwheat, borage, catnip, and radish attract many benefits that help control cucumber beetles. Floating row covers are the most reliable way to protect plants. Delaying planting by two weeks in