How do I get rid of a strong urine smell that occurs every morning in
the garden in front of my house? (I don't know what creature --cat,
dog, rat, possum or ??? -- is leaving the urine).
P.S.: I've used "Critter Ridder" Animal Repellent but it hasn't
helped; the smell continues.
They are marking territory on an established travel route. Animals
are creatures of habit and often follow the same route every night if
nothing interrupts them, marking at the same spots. So, you need to
persuade that animal to take a different route.
You can reduce or prevent territory-marking behaviour by playing the
role of a dominant animal, marking the territory yourself with your own
urine each evening (before the animal visits). Of course you may still
smell pee there but you only need do it for a few days until the animal
establishes a new nocturnal route.
An unneutered cat will spray over human pee more often than not; it's not
urine they're spraying but a tarry musk that smells so bad because cats
can't smell terribly well and it needs to be pretty rank for them to find
the spot to mark again. They are not much bothered by familiar scents of
people or dogs.
Hunting supply shops sell coyote urine which can be used to mark territory
in a way that makes cats worry a bit about predators. I can't vouch that
it works on cats but some folks swear by it.
-paghat the ratgirl
visit my temperate gardening website:
Some kinds of Juniper smell like cat piss. Cats mark their territory
but there are numerous methods to make the area undesirable to cats.
Until then, determine what animal you are dealing with. A neighbor
rigged up an inexpensive camera to find out what animal was getting
into their trash can at night--it was a raccoon.
When the pastures are treated with chicken litter 'round here if the wind is
coming from the wrong way you cannot breathe. It's not unpleasant, it
produces retching and gagging in the strongest stomache. But it sure does
make the grass grow.
Isn't it odd how we have evolved this reaction to things that really are not
so harmful. Unless the author has a urinary tract infection urine is sterile.
Yet we have this built-in revulsion.
I can understand the revulsion with using human feces as fertiliser, healthy
individuals still dump a lot of gut flora which has no place in the
environment where it can get into other parts of the body. In parts of the
world where untreated night soil is routinely returned to the fields it is a
perennial source of reinfection. Urine has no such consequences but we act as
if it does.
Perhaps consider context before assuming that 'not unX' literally means 'X'.
To me the word 'unpleasant' has other connotations besides just 'not
But taking your view if I had written "It's pleasant, it produces retching and
gagging in the strongest stomach". Does the apparent contradiction make it
meaningless, do you think it says the opposite of what I intended or are you
Style games being rather OT, what are your thoughts on the use of urine as
fertiliser? Does the gag factor rule out this sort of nutrient recycling for
Actually I thought you had made a typo. Still I always like a chance to
inject some levity. Apparently levity does not compute for you. Ok.
Regarding using urine as fertilizer I am not really qualified to say. From
what I have read urine is harmless except for this mildew it apparently
fosters in some plants. Feces on the other hand needs to be composted
before use due to various harmful bacteria. There was a reasonable point
made about the residue of drugs and other artificials being in urine that
could render it dangerous for use on edibles. I can't comment on that, I
just don't know.
So if there are factors that would keep me from using urine or feces as
fertilizer they are other than the gag factor.
I don't know either. I do know that such things sometimes pass through
unaltered and sometimes as metabolites that are chemical derivatives of the
original drug, sometimes the metabolites bear little relationship to the
original. I would suspect that the dilution of going into the soil, the
fraction that might be absorbed by plants and going through plant metabolism
would result in not much left but until somebody does a study we don't know.
MONTREAL (CP) - Environment Canada researchers have found a dozen different
types of toxic drugs and even caffeine in water samples taken from the St.
Lawrence River in Quebec.
The drugs were found in concentrations less than 10 micrograms per litre
***after sewage treatment*** - "trace amounts," said researchers.
Although the study dealt specifically with the St. Lawrence, drug pollution
in waterways is widespread.
Drugs, birth control hormones, Prozac and perfume have all turned up in
similar studies in the United Kingdom and the United States in recent years.
U.S. and European studies have also found antibiotics, anti-depressants,
veterinary drugs and hormones in tap water.
Previous research from Chesapeake Bay to the Thames River has blamed
pharmacological and chemical pollution for the feminization of wild male
So you meant to write, "It's an indifferent smell, it produces retching
and gagging in the strongest stomach"?
I mean it appears to be a bread crumb of an error except for your
insistence on defending it.
What other smells do you find to be "not unpleasant, but it produces
retching and gagging in the strongest stomach"?
Actually, urea is used in skin creams for rough hands which have had
their natural oil leached out of them. I've heard that it wasn't that
uncommon for models to piss on their hands to keep them looking young
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