Hot News on the Badger Front

Regular followers will know that I have my fair share of badger bother in this garden – especially when they munch their way through my newly planted tulip bulbs!  I’ve come up with a number of deterrents in the from Wire netting to Robust Hurdles.

And now a possible solution has come my way courtesy of greengardener, specialists in wildlife friendly deterrents. Nite Eyes (£19.99 or £49.99 for 3) is a solar-powered unit  that repels both foxes & badgers by mimicking the eyes of a predator. The unit charges by day and then comes on automatically at dusk when the two red LED lights in the front start to flash. It does not harm the animals, but they will feel threatened because they believe it’s the eyes of another animal. It is this sense of being watched that the animals do not like so they turn tail and run away. I’ve ordered three and will report the results here and on the allotment.

6 Responses to Hot News on the Badger Front

  1. Tony O’Reilly

    Hi Stephanie,

    I read with interest that you had acquired 3 ‘Nite Eyes’ devices to try to deal with your unwanted badger problems.

    I too, have the same problem with badgers repeatedly digging up my lawn.

    Are these devices any good? If they are, I shall certainly buy some to try and deal with the situation.

    Many thanks, in advance

  2. I can’t be absolutely sure how effective Nite Eyes are because we have had
    less of a problem with badgers this year, but we have got them set up at the
    allotment and haven’t had any damage in their vicinity. The most effective
    way to deal with badgers digging up a lawn is to get rid of the chafer bugs
    that they are looking for. Go to http://www.just-green.com for full details.

  3. Rosemary Clarke

    Good advice to be found generally on your Blog.
    I have ordered the Nite Eyes device prior to locating your site, re: Badger damage.
    I have had badgers visiting my garden for a number of years and they have never done any damage to plants etc. Mostly ate nuts and seed on the ground from birdfeeder spillage and an occasional rummage in the compost bin.
    The past 3 -4 weeks this has changed and increased in the past 2 weeks to an extent that I must address it!!
    A/the badger also dug 3m+ hole, clearly I do not want it/them moving in. Has excavated and eaten several perrenial geraniums and dug a big hole in a wild flower bed.
    3 nights ago I sprinkled cat derrent [aimed at squirrels] around
    these beds and it dug elsewhere, no plant damage tho.
    Last night I sprinkled a lot where it enters the garden under a chain link fence. This a.m. it does not seem to have visited our garden. May be the granules or some other reason.

    I think the Nite Eyes may be good because I do not want to scare the foxes that come to be fed.
    Regards

  4. S C Bazlinton

    We are having problems with badgers which have destroyed four bumble bee colonies in our garden in just one week! No wonder our bee population is in decline!!

  5. The Enduring Gardener

    Bad news about the bees :(-

  6. I wondered if there was a final verdict on the nite eyes system? The reviews, for instance on Amazon, seem quite mixed. Do you have any experience with the systems that combine strobe lighting and ultrasonic sound? Best regards, Ricky.

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