How to Keep Squirrels Away From Your Garden
Bags of avocados & sometimes oranges come in synthetic nets as do individual wine bottles, though the latter is made of plastic. Regardless, wrap the netting as close as possible around tomatoes when they first appear. Do not wrap flower buds (about to be tomatoes) as these are too fragile to withstand pressure. Once the tomatoes appear, adjust netting as tomatoes grow bigger. I have gone from 20% harvest to 95% harvest thanks to this no-cost netting method. Also, as mentioned, squirrels fear shiny objects. Hang a few old CDs around plantings and the reflection & movement helps ward off unwelcome critters!
I put mothballs in an empty gallon jug, or half gallon jug. Cut v on top of jug, maybe two or three v. Fill with water and then add water when needed. Keeps all animals out.
To keep squirrels out of my planters, I sprinkle Cayenne pepper on the dirt, and it looks like they hate that. YEY
To keep out/get rid of rodents and squirrels in your attic, just spray cologne or perfume! They will think humans are living there! Disperse the scent in all directions for coverage.
Live traps, peanut butter, and a 55 g water barrel. I usually get ~50 per season. 90% are males, unfortunately. Any suggestions why that is the case?
The pepper flakes do not discourage them from the bird feeder. I have a baffle and it is amazing to watch the squirrel stretch out to get a fingernail in the feeder and pull out seeds. I can walk out and stare them in the eye and they won't go away. If I get close they go around the other side of the decorative fence and come up behind my back. They are scared of the cats but I watch them in the feeder if the cat isn't watching them. These are from my neighbors yards.
Thank you for the insights concerning squirrels , i really have problem with them , as all of our cocoa fruits are taken by them completely. And now I plan to keep & breed some barn owls, and its food , like mice etc. As such we let the nature keep its balances -
The brand Yankee Flipper, Dipper et. al. bird feeders are great for feeding the birds and deterring squirrels. Some of their designs are weight specific holding the weight for smaller birds only. Heavier creatures cause the roost bar to “dip”; or a very smooth, plexiglass disk to drop sideways, thus no footing afforded. The items are an expense but worth it.
For the garden areas, old/unused CD’s hung with string from horizontal garden poles help a long with head-bobbing owls statues.
I am in shock and upset I have just seen a squirrel eat a goldfinch the ones I feed every day . I am angry and annoyed and I love the birds being a twitcher I watch them . The reason I am angry is because this squirrel has been coming for years and never done anything like this before, don't get me wrong I will not hurt them please any suggestions will be appreciated thank you
I have tried all the peppers and garlic and all the other natural tips. None work. As my friend said only poison and bullets work on them