Repellent – Natural or Synthetic Ingredients?

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Repellent - Natural or Synthetic Ingredients?
If you have a nuisance, whether it belongs to the local wildlife population (like the kamikaze squirrels that plague your yard), or just wishes it did (your neighbor’s wayward dog, for instance), you have probably wondered how to discourage it from hanging around your premises. Let’s face it, there’s nothing more frustrating than replanting the flowerbed every time that darn skunk digs them up, and who hasn’t thrown up their hands in disgust after sitting down in your freshly washed and waxed vehicle to find yourself staring through cat prints on the windshield.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways to skin that cat (not literally) and deter these pests.

The first thing to consider when purchasing a chemical repellent, which, by the way, happens to be one of the more effective repellents on the market today, is whether to use one with natural ingredients or synthetic.

Most chemical repellents are designed to smell like large predator urine. There is nothing more effective at keeping smaller prey animals at bay than making them think there is something lurking around the corner, ready to eat them. This is why these repellents are so effective. They tap into the natural instincts of self preservation of the pest in question, and rather than take a chance on being wrong, they tend to avoid areas where they feel threatened. Synthetic repellents are designed to mimic the smell of predator urine, and science has come pretty close to duplicating nature. The problem is, pretty close may not be good enough to keep more aggressive animals at bay. Not to mention that synthetic chemicals are usually less environmentally friendly, and may pose a larger risk to your children and household pets who will probably come into contact with the repellent at some point.

A better choice would be to use a natural chemical repellent. They tend to be a bit more expensive, since you have to pay the salary of the guy who actually has to collect the bear or mountain lion urine, but the results are well worth the cost. Plus, since the repellent is 100% organic, it is biodegradable and does not pose a health risk to your loved ones (or that darn cat!)
When considering a chemical repellent to deter nuisance animals from your yard, choose a natural compound. You’ll be glad you did.

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