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Published July 12, 2011, 10:38 PM

Manvel-area Woman Has Unique Garden Pest Deterrent: Talk Radio

Many people like to keep a garden or flower bed in their yards. Finding a way to keep deer and other animals out can be tricky. But one woman near Manvel, ND, has found the secret.

Many people like to keep a garden or flower bed in their yards.

Finding a way to keep deer and other animals out can be tricky. But one woman near Manvel, ND, has found the secret.

Freda Gowan says she tried everything, but deer, rabbits and raccoons would still ruin her garden. And then she found a method that proves just how helpful talking can be.

If you need a quick fix, you go to Freda's Country Salon.

Like any good business woman, she has a few reasons to keep her visitors coming.

"Hair, nails, waxing, color, manicures, pedicures," Gowan said.

And then you have the visitors Freda doesn't want on her property.

"We have a garden in the back and flowers in the front, and a lot of times we have little critters who think they should have their lunch," Gowan said.

But, it's a quick fix, because she has something for them too. A little radio, that has big results, as long as you tune in to the right station.

"I'm not sure what it is, but talk radio, especially catholic station works the best, so, praise the Lord! I'm very happy with that," Gowan said.

She says the different tones and pitches of talk radio scares hungry animals away. It's something she could never do even after trying every type of expensive animal spray.

Armed with a lot of batteries, she keeps her secret weapon on 24-7. But, like at any hair salon, a good secret doesn't stay secret for too long.

"I'm always looking for cheaper ways to do something and more than just a bunch of chemicals," customer Betty Staskivige said.

"I didn't even know it was a trick! Of course, anything Freda tells me I want to do!" customer Sadie Ripley.

Does talk radio really help save your flowers? Well, look around Gowan's garden, you don't see any deer, just a healthy garden.

"It's been working pretty well. I guess the proof is in the pudding," Gowan said.

Freda says as soon as her radio runs out of batteries, she starts seeing some of those animals back in her yard.

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