New Stories From 'Urban Agriculture Notes'
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Monkeys in the garden – a pest control idea from India

Monkey going after fruit at breakfast buffet. Photo by JakeChalkley.

The snakes death of course was the signal for the most joyous chatterings and gambols.”

From a very old, undated, New York Times article

“The gentleman had a garden where he grew delicious fruit. The sacred monkeys easily scaled the walls and helped themselves. They were not content with simply eating, but amused themselves with throwing half-munched fruit at each other. To shoot these pests was out of the question, and to hit them with stones was impossible, as they easily dodged any missile that might be thrown at them.

An idea struck the Englishman one day, and he at once proceeded to carry it into effect with great success. He got a large basket of the largest potatoes that were to be found and had them boiled.



3 comments

1 busy mom { 02.09.11 at 7:52 pm }

a very interesting story. :)

2 Kiama { 04.06.11 at 5:15 am }

Interesting read. I am a farmer and live right next to a forest.Monkeys are really a pain somewhere quite far from the neck! Just wondering if there is a permanent solution (short of putting them down) maybe like spraying some sort of chemical etc..?
any thoughts?

3 subodh kumar { 08.02.11 at 7:22 am }

Thank you very much. But till date there has no method to deal with monkey menace, short of killing them by shooting.
But this idea is not practical.