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Keep Bears Away! Here's How.

Jenn Smith

Posted on March 30 2020

Bears awake from hibernation in early spring when they go back into their routine of venturing onto landscapes from dawn to dusk in search of their next meal. This season, bears will eat grasses, insects, bugs and other small animals until summertime when they will feast on berries, melons, sweet corn and all natural honey. To protect gardens from agriculture damage, home growers will need to perform a series of bear deterrence strategies including:

1. Cleaning Sprays

Bears dislike the strong scent of pine-based cleaners - but avoid using anything with a fresh, lemony or fruity smell. It is recommended that garbage cans are sprayed with the bear disinfectant to keep them from raiding through trash (and bringing raccoons and other animals to join in on the fun). Avoid using any sprays with ammonia, as this can be fatal to bears and humans alike.

2. Install Electric Bear Netting

Electric fencing is the most recommended fence on the market for bear resistance on gardens. Bears tend to love peanut butter; and growers have been known to add some of the sweet tasting substance onto fences to lure bears. Generally, bears will run away after one or two zaps from the electric netting. This type of fence is affordable for gardeners; easy to install and highly effective for keeping bears away from garden sites.