Posted: 15/09/2013 at 17:00
We moved to a new house last year, with a lovely established garden of around 100ft which includes an 8 foot wide 'flower bed' which is more like a mini woodland at the moment (going to thin it out this Autumn).
Our dog started biting his legs last Summer, to the point where he had to wear a 'cone of shame', and our vet said it would be mites from the fox who killed our rabbits.
Moving into this Summer, and our dog started biting his legs and body again, exactly at the same time of year (mid July) as last year. No way it could be coincidence, so asked the vet to take skin scrapings, and lo and behold it is harvest mites in the garden. I had never heard of them.
We have now had a gate made at the top of the steps and put chicken wire either side of the gate to separate the upper and lower gardens. We let the dog into the bottom garden, let him have a run after his ball, then straight back up top and shut the gate, so he doesn't go into the flower bed, but it's not an enjoyable event, lol, a bit like herding sheep as he is obsessed with going in the flower bed as it's on a cat route... ;-)
Sorry, rambled on a bit, lol, but does anyone have any suggestions on how to eradicate the mites, or if that's impossible, any ideas for types of barrier to keep the dog out of the woodland flower bed? The mites are only a problem from July for 3 months, so don't really want to go to the expense of having a permanent barrier/fence etc put up but then again, want something that looks better than wheelie bins, sun loungers etc. ;-) Poor dog is wondering what's going on, bless him. He probably thinks we have gone slightly mad, lol.
Thanks for any help you can give.