9 Ways to Get Rid of Squirrels
Get those pesky squirrels out of your garden once and for all with these tricks.
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Sprinkle Cayenne Pepper
Some gardeners swear by sprinkling a concoction of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika or other combinations of spicy seasonings around the base of the plants. Trick squirrels into thinking your produce isn't a tasty treat after all by dusting a few of the fruits in the hot mixture, too.
Don't Feed Them
Set Up a Buffet
If you've noticed squirrels digging in your pots or stealing your bulbs, mulch can help—make sure to use a heavyweight mulch like stones or decorative rocks or grass.
Use Netting or Fencing
If squirrels are coming between you and your crops, it may be time to build a fence. Protecting your edible plants with netting will help curb squirrels' (and birds') snacking.
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Don't Plant Trees
Build a Greenhouse
Rake the Yard
Keeping your lawn tidy not only helps it look nice, but picking up fallen nuts, berries and other garden debris squirrels may find snack-worthy means you won't be laying out an all-you-can-eat welcome mat. It may cut down on garden thievery too.
That mint taking over your yard may be useful after all: Squirrels tend to avoid the strong smell of peppermint plants. Try planting mint pots at the edges of your vegetable garden to keep the thieves away.
Seal Trash Cans
In addition to removing any nuts and berries that may fall to the ground and provide a snack for squirrels, also make sure trash cans have tight lids and are covered at night.
Bulbs Squirrels Hate
Squirrels eating your bulbs? Try planting daffodils, snowdrops, allium and hyacinth. Daffodils contain a toxin that makes them inedible, and squirrels appear not to like the taste of these other spring bulbs. If digging seems to be the greater issue, try laying down a protective barrier of chicken wire or hardware cloth after planting. You could also try laying down jagged gravel or rock over the bulbs, which squirrels won't find pleasant to dig into.