How to Get Rid of Ground Squirrels From Tomato Plants & Flowers


It is fun to watch squirrels frolic and play, and hunt for nuts. Unfortunately, if you have a vegetable or flower garden on your property, the squirrels may decide to forage there for food. This would leave you without your precious tomatoes to eat or your beautiful flowers to look at. If this happens, the situation is not hopeless. There is something you can do to get rid of those pesky squirrels.

Step 1

Sprinkle a container of cayenne pepper around the perimeter of your tomato plants. Then sprinkle it around the perimeter of your flower garden. Squirrels hate this and will stay away. Just make sure you repeat this step each time it rains.

Step 2

Spread some human hair around your vegetable and flower gardens. This will scare the squirrels away because humans are predators of squirrels. It is better if the hair hasn't been washed so the squirrels will easily pick up the human scent.

Step 3

Build a fence around your tomato plants and around your flowers. This option is not the most appealing to the eye, but it is the most effective at keeping the squirrels away from your tomatoes and flowers. Just make sure that your fence is placed 6 inches underground and reaches 30 inches above the ground.

Step 4

Place a few peanut shells inside a trap to lure the squirrels away from your tomato and flower gardens. Once you catch the little critters, you can let them go at a nearby park or zoo.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use a chemical repellent around your tomato plants. The chemicals could seep in to the tomatoes, and you will eat the chemical when you eat the tomato.

Things You'll Need

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Human hair
  • Fencing
  • Trap
  • Peanut shells


  • University of Minnesota: Squirrels
  • Living the Country Life: Controlling Squirrels
  • City TV: Squirrel Deterrents
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About this Author

Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for six years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, Bright Hub, Associated Content and WiseGeek. Bodine is also the current cooking guru for LifeTips. She has received awards for being a top content producer.