Getting Rid of Squirrels in the Attic
Non-Toxic Rabbit Removal
Nature's Best Pest Control
Do you know of something that will keep squirrels out of my garden? They are a nuisance! They destroy my tomatoes and dig up other plants.
We also do battle with squirrels in our yard. We are currently reading a library book entitled Squirrel Wars. Basically, you have a couple of choices. You can repeatedly sprinkle cayenne around your plants (However, they do adjust, or if they are really hungry, they will eat it anyway), cage them out with very tight chicken wire with a roof and wall that they can't dig under, or set up a station in your yard where you feed them their favorite foods. You can also try mothballs, but that may not work to protect your whole garden. I'd heartily recommend reading Squirrel Wars. The book also covers raccoons, possums, deer, skunks, bears, etc.
Brenda in WA
The best advice I can give about getting rid of squirrels is to use hot pepper. Buy a container of ground cayenne pepper in the spice section at your local dollar store. Sprinkle it all over the plants and also all along the top of the soil and around the base of the stems. The squirrels can't stand the smell and it makes them sneeze.
Unfortunately, when using this method, you'll have to re-apply the pepper after heavy wind and rains. Another alternative is something you can purchase online. It's called "hot pepper wax spray." It comes in a regular spray bottle and you spray it all over your plants. It stays on for one month, even through rain! It claims to keep bugs away, as well.
At my local nursery, I was told that the reason squirrels eat tomatoes is that they're thirsty. He suggested leaving a bowl of water by the tomatoes for the squirrels to drink. I haven't tried this personally, but I am going to follow his advice this summer.
On one side of my garden is my onions and garlic. On the other sides of the garden, as well as all in between, are marigold plants. Since they don't like the smell of marigolds, they do not venture into the area. They also don't bother my flowers because there are marigolds everywhere and where there isn't any I transplant them. If you plant a few plants and dead head them when the blooms begin to fade and let them fall where they may, you will have an abundance of plants the next year without having to buy new plants. Marigolds also act as a deterrent for insects thus eliminating the need to use pesticides.
Karen in Amherst, Virginia
Red fox urine will drive away squirrels, rats, mice, cats, etc. You can pick it up at a natural gardening store or even from an exterminator. You can buy in pellet form or liquid. The pellet form is generally the easiest to use. Just sprinkle it around you garden.
I found that putting used cat litter around my plants helps to keep the squirrels away. They seem to think a cat is lurking and that they had better move on.
These potent little balls are good for a lot of things. Last year, we had a skunk that made itself at home in one of the sheds. Phew! So, I put mothballs around the base outside and inside and no more skunk!
Squirrels and other critters are driven away by the odor. I dig a shallow trench around the outside edge of the garden, lay a line of mothballs and lightly cover with soil. Place a few along the rows and plant marigolds, too. Keeps away a host of critters.
Susan in Dragons Point, North Idaho
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