Protect Koi Ponds from Predatory Birds

33ea8ec42091f1e4de915b0ec8b9298fok, so admittedly i don’t know much about koi. I stocked my pond with some salmon last year but drought killed them off, so I am far from an expert on raising fish. So, I am going to use information from others who know more about the popular ornamental carp. Apparently these fish can be pretty valuable:

If a breeder raises a highly sought after koi, it can sell for thousands of dollars. $250,000 is not unheard of for a prized koi fish. http://koistory.com/blog/all-about-koi-fish-facts

Obviously, these fish are kept in ponds:

“Koi ponds are ponds used for holding koi, usually as part of a landscape. Koi ponds can be designed specifically to promote health and growth of the Nishikigoi or Japanese Ornamental Carp. The architecture of the koi pond can have a great effect on the health and well being of the koi.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koi

So, they can be valuable, pretty, people like them, and they are kept in outdoor koi ponds. So, a group of colorful fish in an outdoor pond – sounds a little like a predator magnet to me! As it turns out, a product that we developed for chicken keepers also works very well for keeping predatory birds away from valuable koi. That’s right – Hawk Stopper – the visual deflection net brought to you by predatorpee – is a solution to preventing aerial attack on your unsuspecting koi. Each unit protects 1500 sq ft (approx. 20’x75′) and includes 100 feet of rope for installation! We have sold hundreds of Hawk Stoppers since its introduction last year.  New this year, we have developed the Mini Hawk Stopper for smaller applications – the same concept in a smaller size. Visual Deflection Net – 700 sq ft (approx. 20’x35′) – Still includes 100 feet of rope for installation!

So, no matter how big your koi pond is, we’ve got you covered! But, as I always say, you don’t have to take my word for it . . .

“Thank you PredatorPee for overnighting our Hawk Guard!!! We had placed an order & chose 2 day shipping due to terrible hawk activity that we had (lost 5 birds in 2 weeks!😞) and I’m happy to say the hawk has not been able to get into the chicken area since putting the netting up!😃👍 Thank you so very much for your product & your kindness of overnighting it!!!🐣🐔”

“Thank you HawkStopper! This and my scare crow are working wonderfully together.”

-Tiffany

Until I find more words . . . The PeeMan

Coyote Urine Curbs ‘Coon Chaos

Raccoonsraccoon are arguably one of the most annoying pests on the North American continent. We certainly get a lot of requests for help from exasperated homeowners whose garbage and gardens have become a night time paradise for the striped bandits. What is to do be done? Well, here at predatorpee.com, we approach a lot of our problem pests using the predator-prey principle. It is a concept that makes lots of sense and has proven to be effective. So, if we have a raccoon(the prey), we need to figure out the predator. A little research and the answer presents: “Predators of adult raccoon include bobcatscoyotescougars and domestic dogs. Young raccoons are preyed upon by eagles and large owls.” https://www.reference.com/pets-animals/predators-raccoons-2c3866e1230ab507

This information combined with field tests and customer feedback have led us to conclude that Coyote Urine is the answer to the raccoon problem. But, you say, “there are no coyotes anywhere near where I live, why would that scare a raccoon?” Good question. The answer is that the fear of a predator is instinctual(thus hardwired in) and not dependent on actual proximity or exposure to said animal. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. The comments below are from actual predatorpee customers.

“Hi — about two months ago I wrote to you regarding a problem I’ve long had with ‘coons on my roof. I live in the florida keys and I wasn’t sure if coyote pee would work as I’m sure my ‘coons have never seen a coyote. You said it was genetic response to the smell and should work. It did. So, it’s time I got my predator pee last week and finally set it up on the weekend! Works great. Every night the raccoons would clean out the bird feeder. I even had baffle to stop the squrrels but the raccoons would get up on the baffle somehow and still clean out the seed! We haven’t seen the raccoons for the last few nights…” Robert

“Can’t believe it! Two nights after putting out your product, I was able to leave my bird feeders up all night…Thank you so much for such a great product. I am one happy customer!” Tonya

I’ve been an extremely satisfied customer for quite a few years. I haven’t lost a fish in over 4 years (to raccoons) because I use the coyote pee regularly….thanks for providing a humane way to protect my pond.” RL

So, raccoons got you up at night? Get some 100% CoyotePee and rest easy. Click here to purchase. For application instructions, click here.

Until I find more words. . .The PeeMan

 

Which Came First – The Chicks or The Eggs?

Greetings from the North Woods where we seem to be stuck in Sprinter – no snow but not quite warm enough yet. This post, however, is about all things Spring.

Easter time at Winterberry Farm featured the annual egg hunt in the woods. As you can see from the photos, there was still some snow on the ground at the edge of the field. Every year, I have the job of hiding the plastic, treat-filled eggs, and every year I seem to forget exactly how many my wife gave me to hide. Oh well, the forest creatures find them eventually and enjoy a little sugar fix. This year, my 2nd oldest granddaughter was the champion egg hunter. egghuntgroup huntingeggseggstashMoving forward a bit, 8 chicks arrived last week. Hopefully, in about a months time, they will be ready to join Brown Betty and the Amish Hen in the chicken coop. With 10 layers, I think the egg production should be enough to feed us and the growing grandkids.

I just recently moved the chicken coop closer to my wife’s garden beds, and within a week I saw a fox checking out my hens. Well, that is just not acceptable for the PeeMan! If you have chickens, you know how valuable they are.  One of the uses of our 100% Prechicksday1datorpee is to keep predators away from your precious hens. 100% WolfPee will keep the foxes away from Brown Betty, the new chicks, and your hens as well. Don’t just take my word for it – backyard chicken officianado The Chicken-Chick also recommends our product for hen protection.

chicksday5I hope your hens are safe and Spring is in full bloom wherever you are.

Until I find more words. . .The PeeMan

All Natural, Safe Rodent Control – 100% PredatorPee

Hello All! Well, the snowbanks around here are almost as tall as I am, and the mercury is struggling to creep above zero. If I were a rat, mouse, mole or vole, I would certainly want to be anywhere INSIDE! It appears Maine rodents aren’t alone in that – the excerpts below from recent articles highlight problems with vermin from the west coast to across the pond.

Seattle, WA — (SBWIRE) — 12/18/2013 — Pest problems are not just limited to the elimination of the pest, people have to understand that pests such as rodents and mice do a lot more damage than just being a nuisance, rats and mice are notorious for the germs and diseases they spread. Additionally, these pests can also cause structural damage to a house, especially in the attics and crawlspaces. Thus, it is essential that not only the pests are taken care of but proper measures are taken to deal with the damage they might have done to a structure. http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/attic-crawl-space-cleaning-nuisance-rodent-rats-mice-removal-414053.htm

pic courtesy of Yahoo

pic courtesy of Yahoo

Pest controllers have warned that Britain’s sizzling summer caused a huge increase in the number of rats and mice near our homes. The warmest, driest summer since 2006 helped Britain’s rats and mice reproduce in big numbers, according to Rentokil. And with temperatures set to plummet this month, they’ve warned homeowners that these rodents will now be seeking shelter indoors. The summer of 2013 saw lower rainfall than previous years and less flooding, allowing rodents to stay in their burrows longer and have undisturbed periods where populations grew. They now expect rats and mice to cause problems in Britain’s homes after their numbers grew ‘exponentially’. Female house mice can give birth to litters of up to 14 young, as many as ten times a year. David Cross. Head of Technical Training Academy at Rentokil UK, said: ‘Rodents like warmth, quiet and a source of food and as the first cold-snap is set to hit, it is worth following a few simple steps to avoid attracting rodents into your home.’http://uk.news.yahoo.com/pest-control-rats-mice-rodent-infestation-problem-vermin-rentokil-uk-123605184.html#FLdr6o4

Add to this that the EPA and other groups are growing increasingly opposed to the use of traditional rodenticides, and things are looking good for rodents and bad for home owners. Thankfully, we have a safe, all natural solution for your winter vermin problems – 100% PredatorPee! Our satisfied customers have used both our 100% CoyotePee and 100% BobcatPee successfully and safely for years.

But, don’t just take my word for it . . .

“This stuff ROCKS!!! It was the only thing that got rid of the rats that invaded my house in New York. New York rats are not easy to deter but Predator Pee did the trick.” WS

“Our Condo HOA provided us with a list of rat control tips including your site.” Thomas S

“I have been ordering your products for a few years, mainly bobcat and coyote  pee for rats and mice. I used google to find you the first time and I continue to refer customers to you. Thank You…Joyce”

“I heard about bobcat pee pellets through a conversation on facebook, so I googled it and found you. I am getting this for mouse repellant . . . “LaVonne

“The Honda dealer told me about you because rats had chewed alot of wires under my hood two different times now” Cindy rats

“I have ordered and used your products for the last 5 years. I use it to deny deer access to a specific area and to keep rodents out of my camper.” William

Well, I don’t have anything to add to that! Until I find more words . . .The PeeMan

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PredatorPee Wins Out over Feral Hawaii Hogs

Greetings! About 10 inches of snow on the ground and more predicted for tomorrow – winter wonderland at Winterberry Farm! But, today’s blog post takes us to a place where Christmas is green and palm trees fill the landscape – beautiful Hawaii. It seems that the author of the following blog had been struggling with the destruction caused by the feral hog population on her island home UNTIL she found PredatorPee! But, you don’t have to take my word for it – read below . . .

Life on Kaua’i: Wild Pigs in Paradise By Gabriela Taylor

author of “Geckos & Other Guests: Tales of a Kaua‘i Bed & Breakfast”

Snorting grunt sounds wake me up in the middle of the night. Baffled at first, I finally emerge from a fog and think that pigs must be poking around somewhere on my property. When the grunts intensify, however, I become alarmed and realize that hogs are climbing the hill to my house. My large furnished lanai is open on one side and its centerpiece, a lush indoor garden, would serve as a delectable gourmet grazing ground for the hungry beasts. Scary thoughts of wild, long tusked, razor-backed, boars pillaging the lanai race through my mind— like a train to hell.

Over the years, country living has allowed a menagerie of unwanted animals to parade through my yard. Among them are: a gaggle of snapping geese, ti leaf chopping cows, a screeching peahen that settled in for 3 months, a herd of goats and now wild boar. In fact, voracious wild pigs are creating havoc all over the island of Kaua’i. Pigs prance down from the mountains in search of food and ruthlessly tear up vegetable gardens, ornamental plants and can even be found rooting around beach resorts. Soil erosion and loss of native plants are serious problems, but what about the tourist industry? Somehow, a “wild pigs in paradise” picture does not fit the happy Hawaiian holiday cliché that lures tourists. Reflecting on the saying,“ if you get a lemon, make lemonade”, I ponder; how can this potential problem become an asset? One idea: clever advertising would feature wild boar BarBQ as sustainable organic fare in our island gourmet restaurants. Although, I have never eaten wild boar, it only seems responsible to consume game that has been killed— and to give thanks.

2 AM

The clock says 2 AM when I jump out of bed, run out on the second story lanai and begin yelling relentlessly, ”Get out of here!” Understandably alarmed, my neighbor comes crashing through the dense foliage ready to scare off a human intruder. ‘It’s the pigs’ I say, “They’re on a rampage.” I am aware that my explanation seems bizarre since, by this time, the pigs have become as silent as deer and no predator, man or beast, is visible in the inky night. My neighbor looks up at me standing on the lanai like an apparition in my white nightgown, shakes his head, says, “good luck”, and disappears. It is apparent that my sanity is in question if not completely negated. By now, the mute pigs don’t seem threatening, even to me, so I fall back into bed, and repress the drama like a bad dream. I remember nothing about it when I wake up.

It is deja vu a few days later when I spot three little, red-brown pigs, perhaps teenagers, nosing around my yard in broad daylight. It jolts my memory to recall the night-marauding pigs. Now, these scoundrels are rooting up some of my favorite ornamental plants, an extensive bank of bromeliads. Would my orchids be next? The next day six spotted swine appear (they seem to group in triplicate just like the nursery rhyme) to scope out the territory. Alas, the following morning broken bromeliads lie scattered on the ground like sacrificial offerings to a hog god. This is serious; I call for help.

My neighbor, I’ll call him Robin Hood, comes by with bow and arrow, (thankfully, when I am away), kills, then later smokes and eats the pork. The following day, Robin Hood’s son, a young tattooed man with bulging muscles, brings over traps. After he scopes out the property and finds likely sites to set them, I ask him, ”what about my cat?” This plan seems sketchy, slow and somewhat dangerous to my pet. And I’m not betting on traps eliminating all 5 remaining pigs in a timely fashion. Maybe there are more, perhaps 9,12 or even 15 pigs waiting to pillage! My bromeliads have suffered severe damage and will be completely decimated if the pigs persist much longer. Still looking for a quick fix, I call the Ag extension man. But he has no other ideas than those that the men are already trying.

A friend of mine has dealt with a wild pig problem successfully in a non-violent way. The once wild pig, named Petunia Hawg, wanders around or sleeps somewhere in his neighborhood until it’s time to eat.  Both early morning and late afternoon, Petunia appears punctually at the back door and rubs up against the deck until food is placed in her pot. She no longer destroys gardens and everyone is happy. OK, that is a peaceful solution for one animal, but feeding 6 grunting pigs twice a day is not my calling.

Breakthrough

A big break through occurs at my place. My housemate goes online and discovers the PredatorPee,com website. The principle of this strange strategy is that specific animal urine scents, such as wolf, bobcat, coyote and fox will deter specific predators. I briefly reflect upon how on earth anyone would collect pee from those animals and decide that I don’t want to know, although I am excited about the promise of purging pigs in such a peaceful way.  The website says that mountain lion pee is guaranteed to drive off desert animals such as armadillos and javalinas, as well as wild boar. I immediately place an order online.

I can’t bear the thought of dispensing liquid pee, but thankfully they offer an alternative form: crystalline mountain lion pee. Since it has to be shipped from the mainland to Hawaii, I have time to anguish over my diminishing bromeliad bed and talk to people about the problem. Robin Hood’s son comes by to check the traps and reports that they have captured 2 pigs. He is skeptical when I tell him about the mountain lion pee, saying that Hawaiian pigs have never been exposed to lions, so where would the fear come from? That makes sense, but I hope he is wrong.

Finally, one afternoon, I see the brown UPS truck climbing my driveway and get excited. When I tell the deliveryman what’s in the box, he boosts my confidence for its potential by saying that it must work by genetic memory rather than by a learned response. Immediately, I rip open the box and find 2 cylindrical containers, like oversized saltshakers. Indiscreetly, I hold one up to my nose and take a whiff, which almost knocks me off my feet. Feeling like a sorceress who should be chanting magic words, I sprinkle pee crystals around the perimeter of the bromeliad bed. Would these strange, strong and smelly crystals make pigs flee on their tiny hoofs with disgust or fear— or both? Will it work?

Epilogue

Several months later, I can report that no plant-plundering pigs have returned to my property. Elated with success, I email the pee man at to see if they have pee to ward off pesky wild chickens. The reply is informative, but disappointing. They say that chickens do not have a highly developed sense of smell, therefore making it impossible to provide a scent that would scare them away from my vegetable garden. I have a theory. Way back at the beginning, the rooster smell gene became weak when it was intimidated by the sound gene.

Cock-a doodle-do!

http://www.heartbeatofkauai.com/life-on-kauai-wild-pigs-in-paradise-by-gabriela-taylor/

Until I find more words . . .The PeeMan

 

Words from the Customers Continued . . .

Greetings!

Every now and again I like to empty my PeeMail and share with you the great stuff that I hear from customers every day.  So without further ado. . .

“Hi, Family friend is a satisfied customer and she recommended your products to chase squirrels. Thanks. Richard”

“I read an article about Bobcat pee as a repellent for mice, and found you using a google search. bmf”

“I have been ordering your products for a few years, mainly bobcat and coyote pee for rats and mice. I used google to find you the first time and I continue to refer customers to you. Thank You…Joyce”

“I purchased from you previously, found you via web search. . .  So far the Wolf urine seems to being working. I have four small dogs and we have seen coyotes in our area pretty regularly . I will be trying the granules for the first time when this next order arrives. I plan on taking some with me when we head to our Florida home this winter, YES, there are coyotes there too.”

“I found out about you because my friend had racoons and used your products and they went away. Courtney”

“This is the second order I’ve made. I found you by a google search. Haven’t seen any bobcats or coyote! Thanks for giving me a little peace of
mind. Lisa”

Not much to add to all that. So, until I find more words . . .

The PeeMan

P Marks the Spot – PredatorPee for Puppy Training

Little-Puppy-HdGreetings from the North Woods!

Speaking of wood, I’ve got the stove just a crankin’ today. It is currently a balmy 46 degrees outside – at 1pm!  Brrr. . .sure feels like the rumors I have been hearing about a cold winter might have some substance behind them. That’s ok, the grandkids came out last week and stacked the woodpile nice and high, and the wife and I already have at least one trip to “warmah” (Maine accent for those of you not familiar)climates this fall, so we will survive.

Anyhow, let’s think about something warm and fuzzy – puppies! Don’t worry, we won’t try to scare  your cuddly canines away with predator pee, but believe it or not, some of our resourceful customers do use 100% PredatorPee  for training dogs and cats to use a designated area of the yard as a “rest room.” As usual, our customers were way out ahead on this one, and it has taken us a while, but we’ve finally caught on. We listened to some folks in California who have been faithfully buying from us for a long time. They have been using PredatorPee to lure pets away from freshly planted (and expensive!)sod lawns.   PredatorPee is not just for wild critters anymore! It is perfect for paper training puppies and even getting kittens focused on the litter box, too. Then once they have moved outside, you can designate the area of your yard where you want them to “go”. In the animal world, urine is the great communicator. It not only warns prey of the presence of a predator, but also communicates territorial boundaries to members of like species.

Just when you thought you knew everything that 100% PredatorPee could do for you, another clever use snuck up on you just like that first hard frost will sneak up on my wife’s flowers.

Until I find more words . . . The PeeMan