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How to Protect Your Lawn without Pesticides

If you’ve dealt with pests on your land before, we don’t have to tell you how irritating they can be. They can ruin your landscape or garden over the course of a few days, and depending on where you live, there may be quite a few of them. In early spring, birds fly in and… Read more »

If you’ve dealt with pests on your land before, we don’t have to tell you how irritating they can be. They can ruin your landscape or garden over the course of a few days, and depending on where you live, there may be quite a few of them.

In early spring, birds fly in and eat the seeds you just distributed, causing patchy grass –– and at the end of the season, they’ll come back for any fruits or vegetables from your garden.

Gophers, groundhogs, moles, and other underground mammals can burrow holes in your lawn and damage your root systems. Rabbits and rats will come out at night to strip your plants, and deer will trample your grass on their way to eat your flowers and shrubs.

Whether you’re dealing with one pest during a specific season or multiple pests at different times of the year, the question is: how do you successfully protect your landscape from the animals that want to destroy it?

3 Major Downsides to Pesticides and Poisons

The standard approach to pest control is to lay out poison bait or spray pesticides on your grass and plants.

However, there are four major shortcomings to the poison/pesticide approach:

  • Long-term effectiveness. Pesticides kill animals instead of deterring them. In addition to any ethical concerns you may have, killing animals doesn’t work for long-term pest control because you have to keep poisoning new animals as they show up.
  • Environmental damage. Many poisons and pesticides are damaging to the environment. They disrupt ecosystems, change soil composition, spread through groundwater, and can cause lasting damage to your local flora and fauna, especially if you use them on a regular basis.
  • Health concerns. Many common pesticides and poisons are toxic to humans as well as animals. If you spend a lot of time in your yard –– or you have pets or children –– you probably don’t want to be spreading poison around your property.
  • Protected species. If your unwelcome guest is a protected species, poisoning it will further endanger the population and can come with hefty. And even if you set out to poison something unprotected, like a rabbit or bird, your bait may attract endangered animals.

Pesticides and poisons are not ideal for controlling pests. They’re risky for your health and the environment, and they don’t work well long-term. You’re better off using an alternative method to protect your lawn and garden.

How to Get Rid of Pests Using Only Water

At Orbit, we’ve designed a pest control solution that gets rid of all larger pests, from birds to gophers to deer. It’s called the Yard Enforcer and it works using only water –– no poisons or damaging chemicals.

The Yard Enforcer’s motion-controlled sprinkler will protect your trees, plants, lawn, flowerbed, and veggie garden from uninvited guests like deer, rabbits, squirrels, mice, rats, birds, gophers, cats, and dogs.

When the Yard Enforcer detects movement, it emits a noise to startle the intruder, followed by a targeted jet of water that will hit targets up to 70 feet away. The combination of the two scares off unwanted critters without harming them. It also conditions them to stay away from your land for good, taking care of your pest problem long-term.

The Yard Enforcer is easy to set up –– you just stake it into the ground and connect it to a water source. You can program it to go off at night (when visitors are more likely to appear in your yard), only during the day, or both, so it’s on constant guard over your land.

If you’re trying to get rid of pests and you don’t want to deal with poisons or other dangerous chemicals, we recommend the Yard Enforcer. It works with a wide variety of species and is a humane, effective way to protect your lawn and garden, all year long.

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