We have a 10-foot fence to keep deer, elk and bear from our grapevines, but it doesn’t stop raccoons, squirrels and smaller pests from munching on the fruit as it ripens. For the last three years, we have been using Critter Gitters to send them packing. This small device emits high-pitched sound and light patterns to deter them. It works. One unit will protect a 50-foot-wide, pie-shaped wedge at a distance of 50 feet from the device. The Critter Gitter works well on bear, elk, deer, raccoons, rabbits, wild turkeys, wild pigs and foxes. It’s also useful against woodpeckers, otters, weasels and beaver. It does not work well on moose or semi-tame deer. A new waterproof unit is now available. (; 800-762-7618)

This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™ Fall 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.

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