How to Keep Squirrels Out of a Vegatable Garden & Plants

Overview

Squirrels are rodents but are often called "cute" because of their small eyes and bushy tails. They don't get very big, but they can get into big trouble. Squirrels are well known for their ability to destroy a vegetable garden or eat various plants, which can be devastating if you're the one who grew the vegetables and plants. There are several different ways to approach keeping squirrels away.

Squirrel Repellent

Step 1

Place 2 tbsp. of cayenne pepper and 1 qt. of hot water in a blender. Blend until the ingredients are combined.

Step 2

Set the blender aside and allow the repellent to cool.

Step 3

Poor the repellent in to a spray bottle and add 1 tsp. of horticultural oil. Shake to combine.

Step 4

Spray the repellent on your vegetables and plants. It will keep squirrels away but must be reapplied every two weeks or after a heavy rainfall.

Fencing

Step 1

Purchase a wire mesh fence that will be at least 10 inches high when installed. Many homeowners use chicken wire, but To Build a Garden warns it might not work because smaller squirrels can fit through the holes.

Step 2

Set the mesh fence so that it goes all the way around your vegetable garden and the plants that the squirrels are attacking.

Step 3

Secure the fence with zip ties. Using a mesh fence to keep out squirrels may not be the most attractive solution, but it will work and save your vegetables and plants.

Feed the Squirrels

Step 1

Sprinkle sunflower seeds several feet away from your vegetable garden and plants as a last resort. If the squirrels are full, they will stay away from your crops.

Step 2

Add a station for peanuts a few feet from the end opposite the sunflower seeds. This will distract the squirrels from both directions.

Step 3

Leave some bowls of water out. Squirrels will sometimes eat even though they are not hungry; they're just thirsty. Leave the bowls next to your stations of food.

Tips and Warnings

  • Squirrels often take up residence in a home and may begin chewing through your wiring. This is a whole new problem, and it's best to get rid of squirrels before this happens.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 qt. hot water
  • Blender
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 tsp. horticultural oil
  • Mesh fence
  • Zip ties

References

  • Colorado State University: Animal Pests in the Garden
  • To Build a Garden: How to Keep Squirrels Out of the Garden
  • The Master Gardeners: Garden Pests--the 4-Legged Kind!
Keywords: squirrel control, squirrel repellent, vegetable garden pests

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.