Bulbs and animals

Bulbs and animals

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Question: Bulbs and animals

Help! I think I have a porcupine in the garden that raids all my bulbs overnight. I found some of his spines in the garden. How can I discourage him from eating my flowers? He has an overpowering strength, I have already tried with stones and fences but nothing, he digs non-stop until he bulges the bulbs. I live in the province of Marzabotto (BO). Thanks so much!

Answer: Bulbs and animals

Dear Gabriella,
porcupines are quite large rodents, among the largest in Italy; they can reach 60-70 cm in length; they have a mainly nocturnal life, and are vegetarians, particularly greedy for tubers, bulbs and plant roots. They are however protected animals, as they are almost in danger of extinction; so the only thing you can do is try to avoid them reaching your garden. It is not a simple thing, as they are also very good diggers, and therefore you can try to fence off your flower beds, with a fence at least fifty centimeters high, which sinks into the ground for another twenty centimeters. You can also try ultrasound repellents, although in many places it seems that porcupines do not cause any disturbance. In the areas of Italy where there are so many porcupines, the province or hunter associations, they "lend" for free the small electrified fences, to be placed around the crops, and also in the domestic gardens. Often these devices are decisive, even if used for a short time. In fact, porcupines are animals that move a lot, covering up to a couple of kilometers per day; then just make them desist from their attacks on our garden for about a month; after this time, almost certainly another "pasture" area will be found, leaving our garden undisturbed.