Animals, Cats, Harriet, Mice & Rats, Pest Control, Spiders

Could these pest products have worked on prehistoric creatures?

Tyrannosaurus on the terrace? Velociraptors on the veranda? Bactrosaurus in the bushes? What if we really were Walking with Dinosaurs?

Dinosaurs have been notoriously tricky to keep in the enclosures created for them in the movies, but how good would your garden be at keeping them out? We’ve investigated a few of our pest control products to see which would be best to keep the dinos from trampling your tulips. Here’s what we found out…

PestBye™ Advanced Cat Scarer1. PestBye™ Advanced Cat Scarer

Bad luck, although the hearing of mammals like cats extends to ultrasonic frequencies, making a sonic repeller like this the perfect deterrent for them, research suggests that large dinosaurs could probably only hear low frequency sounds meaning that this would be as silent to them as it is to humans. Perfect for keeping away the kitties, less so the big dinos.

Anti Bird Spikes2. Anti Bird Spikes

Did you know that birds are basically modern dinosaurs? This xkcd comic shows that T-Rex is actually more closely related to the sparrow than it was to triceratops! These spikes are great for protecting your sills and ledges from becoming roosting sites for pesky birds so we bet that they’d make a pterodactyl think twice before making your garden her home.

PestBye™ Get Rid of Spiders Spray3. PestBye™ Get Rid of Spiders Spray

Ok, so a huge iguanodon is probably not going to be that fussed if you spray this at him. But spiders have been around on Earth for a terrifying 240 million years, meaning that they’re a menace even older than our Jurassic pests. This spray is perfect for harmlessly keeping them from building cobwebs and preventing them from infesting your home and garden (and we can think of plenty of people who find the sight of a spider just as terrifying as that of a velociraptor!)

Deer Repeller4. Deer Repeller 

“Don’t move! He can’t see us if we don’t move!” That’s what Jurassic Park tells us about the vision of the T-Rex on the hunt, but evidence actually suggests that this dino had great eyesight. Perhaps then the super bright LED of a deer repeller would be just the thing to startle them into keeping off of your lawn. Measuring about 40 ft long these giants could cause a great deal of damage if allowed to run round the garden.

PestBye™ Rat Cage Trap5. PestBye™ Rat Cage Trap

Not all dinosaurs are the huge creatures which are the stars of the movies. Anichiornis is the smallest known non-avian dinosaur and, at approximately 34cm in length, it would be stumped if it wandered into this cage trap! However, you may not actually want to keep these tiny beasts out of your garden – it’s likely that they were insectivores so may have provided some pest protection themselves!

Dinosaur Silhouette

Whether you your garden is infested with dinosaurs or something a bit more native to this millennium, check out the Primrose website for our extensive range of pest control products.

Harriet works in the Primrose marketing team, mainly on online marketing.

She’s a big fan of reading, TV quiz shows, and is a highly experienced user of gardens (especially when it involves lounging outside on a sunny afternoon).

As a trivia lover whose favourite book when growing up was an illustrated factopedia (true story), she likes to write for the blog about interesting things she has found out whilst wandering the internet.

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Cat, Cats, Pest Control

Silent Roar at PrimroseSome of the products we sell are just a little bit more unusual than others – for example our Silent Roar cat repellent which contains lion poo and is an effective and environmentally friendly way to keep cats away from your garden. We have also heard of it being used as a method to keep cats in the garden, for example for people living near busy roads.

It’s not surprising to see funny comments about the product and we absolutely loved this comment thread in the my Telegraph section last week:

  • helpmaboab: Lion poo. http://www.primrose.co.uk/silent-roar-cat-repellent-05kg-p-791.html?source=blog
  • KatiePult: What do you use to keep lions out of your garden then?
  • helpmaboab: Elephant poo. It really spooks the lions.
  • KatiePult: What keeps elephants out then?
  • Rosie21: Don’t say anything about elephants, they are up and down the avenue two or three times a day……come to think of it, that poo in my front garden is…………….!!
  • KatiePult: Like stepping stones, mini roundabouts? Delete as appropriate.
  • helpmaboab: Mouse poo. Elephants are terrified of mice.
  • KatiePult: Isn’t that a myth? They are probably scared of accidentally squashing them with their exceptionally large feet. I have never seen an elephant jump up on a chair or table when confronted with a mouse or other small rodent, but to be fair elephants cannot jump.
  • helpmaboab: It is just a myth but all elephants believe the myth. They are not very well informed.
  • KatiePult: How on earth would anyone know? Obviously they would have trouble using a qwerty keyboard so surfing the internet is problematic as would reading a broadstreet newspaper.
  • helpmaboab: Not just keyboard problems, they can’t use a computer mouse, because they’re terrified of mice. It’s a vicious circle.

Thank you, helpmaboab, KatiePult and Rosie21!

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

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Animals, Cat, Cats, Moles, Pest Control

Bamboo Stainless Steel Water Feature at PrimroseWe’ve had some brilliant reviews in the last couple of weeks, here are the funniest ones as chosen by the team.

Which is your favourite one?

Mini Mister Blue LED:

I love it, its going to make my Halloween cauldron look fabulous.

Advanced Spider Repellent – Whole House:

Usually have spiders that look like they are able to move the furniture around but have not seen any lately :)))

Brilliant ! For the first week after we plugged it in we had more spiders than we would usually have but obviously if these were already in the house the repellent is making them want to leave so we found them all by doors or windows and all were very dozy so were easy to dispose of !

Since that first week no spiders at all and I feel a lot happier and more confident knowing that we have this repellent . I have bought one for my daughter as well and recommended it to some of my friends who are also arachnophobes !

Squirrel and Mink Cage Trap:

Two squirrels are having an extended ‘holiday’ about a mile away, but they haven’t sent me a postcard yet!

Squirrel managed to eat the bait (bread coated in peanut butter) through the wire cage and then set off the trap by kicking the whole thing through 90 degrees!I have added extra wire mesh and secured the trap to the lawn with tent pegs – have not trapped anything yet. 16/10/2013

I gave a review on16th October regarding a squirrel trap supplied by Primrose. I mentioned that I had to make some modifications to the product but had not yet trapped a squirrel. I am delighted to report that since then two squirrels have been caught! 28/10/2013

Stainless Steel Bamboo Tubes Water Feature With LED Lights:

Clear step by step instructions would have made my rating excellent. Make a cup of tea look at where you are going to put the feature and think it through. You will need to drill a hole or two to make it fit together properly. Its worth noting that the transformer type light plug and control switch have to be kept dry at all times!!
Everyone that has seen it has loved it!!

PestBye Jet Spray Repeller:

We have found the ultra sound scarer normally works if not immediately then within a few days but recently we have been getting early morning visits from a stubborn cat who was defiant, that is until the Jet sprayer was deployed (——– WHOOSH jumped in the air and beat Usain Bolt’s time for 100 metres, not been back for over a week now!

We use the independent review service Feefo for all of our sites. This helps us both in getting impartial reviews and product feedback from our customers. Some of the reviews are brilliant and highly unusual. Take a look and see if you can spot any other funny ones:

Or take a look at all previous posts containing unusual Feefo reviews.

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

See all of Cat’s posts.