Half eaten tomatoes, tiny nibbles on leaves and waning flowers – it’s all the work of pesky squirrels ruining your garden. Squirrels are among the most difficult pests to control. They’re curious, sneaky and smart, and are often not deterred by traditional pest-control methods. To get rid of them once and for all, we’ve rounded up some tried-and-true home remedies. For best results, use a combination of the below cruelty-free methods. Their cute bright eyes and bushy tails won’t help them now!
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Squirrels, nervous and timid creatures by nature, are frightened easily. The startling noise of wind chimes tend to scare them off, so hang them on your fence and close to your crop to scare the little buggers off.
Plant Squirrel Resistant Bulbs
Avoid planting the flowers that squirrels enjoy feasting on most. They enjoy eating tulips, crocuseso, gladioluso and colchicum. They do not like to eat narcissus, alliums, fritillaria, amaryllis, chionodoxa, scilla, galanthus, daffodils and hyacinth.
Scare Squirrels with Your Pets
If you have a pet dog or cat, use them to your advantage! Your domestic pet will love using their animal instinct to protect their yard. Next time squirrels pay a visit your garden, let your animal loose to chase them away.
Squirrels like to eat seeds and nuts. They’re only nibbling on your plants because it’s the next best thing, so feed them their favourite grub to lure them away from your garden. Fill a squirrel feeder with shelled nuts and sunflower seeds, and be sure to place it away from your garden. Another thing to note is that squirrels like to take the nuts and seeds and burry them elsewhere – likely in your garden – and come find them later. Leave the squirrel feeder empty for a few days. This will cause squirrels to eat the food they buried so you don’t end up with a peanut garden.
A slaughterhouse by-product with high nitrogen content, blood meal is often used as a fertilizer and pest deterrent. However, it also attracts other animals like raccoons, dogs and cats and is poisonous to these creatures. If you’re specifically trying to deter squirrels or rabbits from your garden (and don’t have a pet dog or cat), give blood meal a try. Remember, since it’s a fertilizer, make sure to understand what effect it will have on your plants before you use it. The product can be found at most garden centres.
Remove Dense Shrubbery
Squirrels like to take shelter when they eat, so remove any dense shrubbery that surrounds your garden. They’ll feel exposed when they have no place to hide when they’re eating your plants, and may stop visiting your garden as a result.
Prevent squirrels from reaching your crop with a mesh fence or chicken wire. Build a mesh fence around your garden, and place chicken wire directly on the soil to stop them from digging in and reaching your plants. Some determined squirrels find a way to dig around the wire, so make sure to use this method in combination with another.