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Bougainvillea May or May Not Be Fodder for Deer

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bougainvillea May or May Not Be Fodder for Deer

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Byline: TOM BRUTON

Is bougainvillea a deer-proof plant?

You can find some plant lists that state bougainvillea will not be browsed by deer, and others that say it will.

What this discrepancy demonstrates is that there is no such thing as a 100 percent deer-proof plant. Different deer have different taste preferences. Also, when hungry enough, deer will eat almost anything.

All one can really say is whether a deer either prefers, demonstrates less preference or avoids a particular type of plant.

Are there any repellents that are effective on moles?

Some electronic, magnetic, and vibrational devices have been promoted as being effective in frightening or repelling moles. None, however, has ever been proven effective. Promoters cite "testimonial evidence" only.

Some have claimed that castor oil and castor oil products have shown repellent properties and have cited some research done at Cornell University. I guess because castor oil is distasteful to humans, these repellent promoters think it is logical that it would be repellent to other mammals.

As you can imagine, mole repellents are extremely difficult to evaluate under field conditions because of the moles' erratic movements in their extensive burrow systems.

If a mole stops pushing up mounds in your yard for a few weeks, it does not mean that it has been truly repelled. It may be he has moved to the other end of its burrow system, which happens to be two houses away.

The expense of mole repellents and the time and energy to apply them repeatedly can hardly be justified when trapping will give such positive control results.

I am a staunch believer in traps, such as the choker or the spear types.

For more information on moles, go to edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw080.

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