Does PredatorPee® Really Work? – What the Scientists Say.

science-teacherOver the past 30+ years of our PredatorPee® business life, one of the most frequently asked questions is “does it work?”  It is an understandable question. After all, for decades we have been conditioned to think that man-made chemicals are the only solution for pest control. The idea that natural wild animal urine could work prevent deer damage, get rid of skunks, solve rat problems etc. was just plain weird!

So after PredatorPee® introduced predator urine into the marketplace as pest control product in 1986, researchers around the world started looking into how and why PredatorPee® worked.  What they found in research was the same as what we found in practice, PredatorPee® takes nature’s predator/prey instincts and puts them to work for us to repel pests in our homes, yards, gardens and farms. Here are some excerpts:

 

“Introduction of bobcat urine appeared to have significant effect on their preference in first two trials. The data consisted of the total trial investigations of reaction towards the predator’s urine. When bobcat’s urine was introduced in the maze, mice went straight to the left side where no odour was present. This allowed me to assume that they do recognize possible danger. The data showed 100% refusal to go right where the urine was located.”

The effects of Bobcat urine on the behavior of Mice ,
Karina Chechilnitskaya, Alverno College, Wisconsin

 

“The mean level of damage recorded for apple tree stems treated with undiluted bobcat urine was significantly lower than for any other treatment group. Mean damage to seedlings treated with urine was significantly less than the damage to control seedlings. For woodchucks, undiluted urine resulted in reductions in gnawing of 84-96%…”

National Wildlife Research Center Repellents

Conference 1995

 

ScienceDaily (Apr. 27, 2008) — Many animal species detect and avoid predators by smell, but this ability has largely been ignored in the study of birds, since it was traditionally thought that they did not make use of this sense. However, it has now been discovered that birds are not only capable of discerning their enemies through chemical signals, but that they also alter their behaviour depending on the perceived level of risk of predation.

 

“Predator urines act as powerful repellents against many species of mammalian herbivores.Consequently, they have considerable potential as a tool in reducing damage to agricultural crops.”

National Wildlife Research Center Repellents

Conference 1995

 

“Undiluted red fox urine was more effective at deterring browsing by snowshoe hares than were single compounds or simple mixtures derived from the urine”

Sullivan and Crump 1986.

 

 

“Meadow voles spent significantly less time on the half of the trial arena treated with bobcat urine….A traditional explanation for aversion of prey to areas treated with predator scent is that it is an adaptive behavioral response to reduce the risk of predation by minimizing activity in an area known to be frequented by a predator. The majority of prey species tested to date respond to predator urine in ways that are most easily explained as antipredator strategies…”

National Wildlife Research Center Repellents

Conference 1995

“The Talkeetna moose seem more fearful than other Alaskan moose …. a finding strengthened when Berger, using a pitching arm honed by college baseball, starts hurling snowballs loaded with wolf urine and bear scat. He observes that moose familiar with predators flee from the odors….”

The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World Joel Berger
University of Chicago Press, 2008.

 

“Feeding by deer on corn treated with coyote urine was significantly reduced.”

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Professor Stanley Ries,
Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University

Thoughts from the PeeMan: Work

Excerpt from “Thoughts for my Daughters” written for Erica, Laura and Emma

workMan is made to work and you all know that work of all kinds has been a mark of my life. But like in all things, work can be more than it should be.  I have watched all of you wrestle with the role of work in your life and I am sure the struggle continues.  You all have been told by someone along the way that you demonstrate a strong work ethic. I have worked hard for many reasons over the years, some of those reasons good, some of them bad and some of them out of shear terror of not being able to provide for my family. But there often have been times, when I have worked harder because I was trusting in God less. Don’t work by yourself, but work with God in all that you do.

Thoughts from the PeeMan: Opportunity

Excerpts from the book “Thoughts for my Daughters” written by The PeeMan for his daughters Erica, Laura and Emma – for more information read Thoughts from the PeeMan

Ready, Shoot, Aim!

opportunity-clipart-k13012583Embrace opportunities and go after them with full expectation of success. If it is not a good opportunity it will show its true colors soon, then you can stop, knowing you gave it a shot. An opportunity is like a flower seed, if see it as only what it is now,  you will cast it away without a thought. But if you see it for what it can be become, you do everything to help it grow. When God places an opportunity in front of us, its pretty exciting to see what he wants us to learn from it. It could be lessons of success or lessons of failure – but lessons from God, none-the-less.

 

 

Thoughts from the PeeMan: Problems

excerpt from “Thoughts for My Daughters” written for Erica, Laura and Emma

(refer to previous post Thoughts from the PeeMan for more explanation)

Problems:

problem-solution-road-sign-illustra-eps-vector_k12452682You’ve heard me say it in different ways, but always try to face any problem with clarity of thought. Of course, at first your vision is muddied by pain, emotion, fear, frustration and all the other emotions that tag along with problems. Push through all that until you can ask yourself what you know and what you don’t know about the problem, and break it down into its smallest components– remembering all the while that God is with you all the way. That is why problems are often opportunities in disguise. Seek God’s wisdom, apply the gifts and talents he has given you and act on each small piece of the problem.  The solution will build from those pieces.

Thoughts from the PeeMan

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The PeeMan has been told by those who know about things like this, that it is important to have a never-ending flow of good fresh content on your blog. The PeeMan is told people really like that. Even though he can’t quite figure out why people like it, the PeeMan is not going to argue about it. It seems to be settled science in the age of social media.  So over the weeks ahead, the PeeMan is going to share with you excerpts of a book he wrote in 2015 entitled “Thoughts For My Daughters”. The PeeMan has  daughters: Erica, Laura and Emma – and all have played key rolls in building, growing and operating the Pee business!  As you will see, the PeeMan’s thoughts and observations are heavily influenced by his Christian faith… so you can’t say he didn’t warn you! Here are some of the topics that the PeeMan will be covering:

Opportunity, Anxiety, Over-Thinking, Church Attendance, Pain, Communication, Patriotism, Planning, Confidence, Problems, Conflict, Question Inflection, Reaction To Others, Disagreements, Risk, End of Knowledge, Second Guessing, Failure, Self Employment, Faith, Self-Management, Fun & Humor, Giving, Solutions, Goals, Strength, Invest-Divest, Stupidity, Leadership, Success, Listening, Teaching, Tolerance, Love, Trust, Maps, Understanding Scripture, Money, Wisdom, Words, Nature, Work, World View, Nehemiah Method, Worry

Spiders Creeping You Out? Finally A Natural Solution.

multi-spider-silhouette-backgroundSpiders – you either automatically think of Charlotte’s Web and appreciate their beauty and their innate ability to create intricate webs or your mind flashes to scenes from Arachnaphobia and you run away screaming in disgust. There really is no neutral ground. If you are in the first category, then this article is not for you. You go enjoy the dark corners filled with webs, the gigantic arachnids living under your deck or dock and the occasional eight legged arthropod that wants to join you in the shower.

For the rest of you(and me), living in fear of the next unexpected spider encounter in your home or outside recreational area, there is finally a solution. What I love about this particular product is that it is natural, safe for use around pets and only needs to be applied weekly. NEW SpiderGuard from the makers of PredatorPee is one of the additions in our new line of insect products. And no, they are not urine products, so no fear about making your kitchen smell like a bobcat or wolf marked its territory.

The unique formula in SpiderGuard takes advantage of the special bristles spiders have on their legs that allow them to smell and “taste.” They just don’t like it and they want to get far away!

SpiderGuard is an all-natural, effective way to get rid of spiders for good. Just spray the areas where you don’t want them once a week until your spider problem is gone. This all-natural spider repellent spray is safe for use inside and outside and will not harm pets. You can use SpiderGuard in attics, basements, sheds, decks, spider-guarddocks, boats, RVs, bathrooms and anywhere else you don’t want spiders.

I took some with me camping recently at Peaks Kenny State Park and sprayed it underneath the wooden picnic table. I enjoyed a week free from daddy long legs crawling on me during supper. Plus, unlike some of our other products, it smells great too. Try some out, you won’t be disappointed.  100% PeeMan Approved!

Stop Deer Flies Now!

deerflyI can’t tell you how many times I have been working on a project outside in the summer months, focused and sweaty when all of a sudden I feel that jabbing, stinging pain that only a deer fly can produce. Immediately, the site swells up and unless I happened to be quick enough to swat it mid bite, it will be back …again and again!

But you don’t have to take my personal experience as the only evidence of how miserable these biting flies can be . . .

“The bites of female . . . deer flies are painful and, if numerous enough, can disrupt recreational activities and even the harvesting of some agricultural crops. Their mouthparts include two pairs of cutting “blades” that lacerate skin and cause flow of blood out of the wound, which females lap up with a sponge-like mouthpart. Males have similar, but much weaker mouthparts. They are not capable of biting and do not feed on blood.” https://extension.entm.purdue.edu/publichealth/insects/tabanid.html

Don’t just take my word for it . . . the proof is in the pudding(or the video)as they say.

So, what to do about this problem? Traditional repellents like those containing DEET just don’t do the job. Deer flies, unlike mosquitoes, are not just attracted by CO2 but they are also enticed by movement, size, shape and dark color. This pretty much means that a moving human outside is a perfect target. Thankfully, The PeeMan has an answer! NEW DeerFly Stoppers make it possible for hikers, runners, boaters, bikers, those who work outdoors to beat the biting nuisances at their own game. Simply apply one of the adhesive strips to the back of a hat and you’re good to go. The flies can’t resist the flesh-colored deer fly trap – they land, they’re stuck, they’re done.

Don’t let deer flies ruin your summer outdoor recreation and work. Get some DeerFly Stoppers now. I know I will be using them this summer and my wife will be sure to use them on her vacation running in the woods of Maine.