- How to Keep Squirrels Out of Fruit Trees
- How to Keep Squirrels Out of Tomato Plants
- How to Keep Squirrels and Birds From Eating an Apple Tree
- How to Keep Squirrels From Eating Flower Bulbs
- How to Keep Squirrels Out of Fig Bushes
- How to Keep Squirrels From Eating Flowers
- What Can I Do to Stop Squirrels Chewing Plastic Shutters?
- How to Keep Squirrels Out of Apple Trees
- How to Catch a Red Squirrel
- How to Get Rid of Squirrels in an Apple Tree
- How to Attract Squirrels to a Yard
- Killing Squirrels Humanely
- How to Repel Squirrels From the Garden
- How to Get Rid of Squirrels in My Yard
Squirrels can be stubborn and destructive pests in a garden. Feasting on unripened fruit and vegetables, a single family is capable of ruining a home's harvest, and with their impeccable ability to carry disease and parasites, they are not what most gardeners consider a welcome guest.
Trim all tree branches 6 feet from the ground and any structures such as the roof. This deters squirrels from noticing the developing fruit on the limbs. Place all trash and pet food in locked, lidded containers that squirrels cannot open. Patch any holes in the house to prevent squirrels from breaking in and making nests.
Fasten a 12-inch-wide piece of sheet metal around the trunk of the tree, roughly 6 feet from the ground. The sheet metal is too slippery for the squirrel's grip, preventing the squirrel from climbing the tree.
Invest in a squirrel hunting dog such as a hound or terrier and give the dog the full run of the yard. Squirrels will avoid entering the yard entirely because of the perceived predator.
Stuff some nylon knee-highs with mothballs and hang them around the tree, especially where the largest clusters of fruit are growing. The odor naturally deters squirrels.
If living in an area where shooting is permitted, use a pellet gun to disperse squirrels. Typically, the noise of the gunfire is enough to scare any additional visitors out of the tree.
Buy chicken wire that is tall enough to accommodate the mature height of your tomato plants.
Cut off the bottom horizontal row of the chicken wire with bolt cutters. Now the bottom vertical pieces will be jutting out.
Stick the bottom vertical wires into the soil, encircling your tomato plant with the chicken wire cage.
Insert four stakes (wooden or plastic) around the cage you just installed. The stakes should be a couple inches higher than the cage.
Lay bird netting over the stakes and tie the netting around the stakes and around the cage with twine.
Gather the items for the project. With the scissors, pierce the edge of a pie pan so that when a piece of the kite twine is tied through it, it will dangle nicely. Now cut a length of twine about 2 feet long. Thread the twine through the hole in the pie pan and tie it in a knot.
Continue piercing the pie pans until you have completed all of them. Take them outside to the tree and set up the ladder against the trunk of the tree. Get as high as you can in the tree and tie at least two pie pans on branches on opposite sides, so the pie pans hang from a branch. Move down and place two more on opposite sides of the tree.
Move out towards the longer branches as you move around the tree. Continue this until all pie pans are used. Now let the leaves grow in and the birds and squirrels find another form of food.
Dip or spray unplanted bulbs with repellent designed for moles or rodents. Then, plant the bulbs as usual.
Place a layer of chicken wire over top of the planting site. Cover this with soil or mulch. The shoots from the bulbs will grow through the holes in the chicken wire.
Spray a repellent spray designed for rodents or moles over top of the mulch after planting. Always follow manufacturer directions.
Build a fence with chicken wire if all else fails. It should be buried at least 6 inches into the ground and extend 30 inches high. Add an additional 6-inch wide layer of chicken wire, flat to the ground along the outside perimeter of the fence to prevent the squirrel from digging their way in to the planting site.
Put a wire cage around your fig tree. This is only practical if your tree is still small or in a large bucket. Once the tree gets to be more than four feet or so, it is highly impractical.
Put an electronic owl on a post near the fig tree. If you don't have a post, you can place it directly on a branch of the tree. These owls are motion sensitive, and turn their heads and hoot when they sense movement near them. Squirrels are wary of owls, and may leave the fig trees alone.
Set out a bowl of fruit and nuts for the squirrels to enjoy. If you set it away from the fig trees, they may leave the figs alone for the more easily accessible food.
Set traps near the fig trees. Make sure they will not harm the squirrels. Release the squirrels back in to the wild several miles from your home. You may have to do this many times, several times a week if you have a lot of squirrels nearby. There is no guarantee you will trap all the squirrels in your vicinity, however.
Soak all your flower bulbs in squirrel repellent bought from a garden center before planting them in the ground. This takes a little bit of your time, but will keep the flowers from becoming appealing to squirrels.
Set up an animal trap and bait it with peanut butter. This is a favorite of squirrels. Once you catch the squirrels, you can set them free in a nearby park.
Sprinkle cayenne pepper flakes around the base of your flowers. This is a natural squirrel repellent.
Surround your flowers with a 1-inch mesh wire fence. It must go 6 inches under the ground to protect the bulbs, and extend 30 inches high above the ground to protect flowers in bloom. This is not the prettiest solution, but it is one of the most effective.
Pepper is a natural repellent that will keep squirrels away, and a homemade solution can be made for a few dollars. In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of water and one squirt of liquid dish detergent, which will work as an adhesive, sticking to plastic shutters without causing damage. Add 3 teaspoons of any powdered pepper (cayenne, chili or red pepper flakes) to the spray bottle, then spray directly onto the plastic shutters. This will instantly repel squirrels from the shutters, and prevent any further damage. This is also a safe repellent for lawns and gardens that have been attacked by squirrels.
Mothballs are another inexpensive, natural repellent for squirrels. Mothballs can be purchased by the box from your local hardware, home improvement or grocery store for just a few dollars. Place a handful of the mothballs in old socks and set them on a window ledge or near the plastic shutters that are being damaged. The mothballs will continue to work for a few weeks, at which time you can refill the socks, if necessary.
Ammonia is another inexpensive repellent that will prevent squirrels from causing damage to your plastic shutters. Create a diluted spray-on solution that will be safe for application. In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of water and 1 cup of ammonia (available at any grocery or hardware store). Add a few drops of liquid dish detergent for adhesion, and spray directly onto the shutters. Repeat every few days until the squirrels are no longer a problem.
Scatter samples of the squirrel food that you will use as bait through the orchard to get squirrels used to the bait. Squirrels will eat peanut butter and bread.
Set out a live trap. You can often borrow live traps from the SPCA, or purchase them from a hardware store. Place the peanut butter within the trap. Do not set the treadle. Squirrels will get used to eating the food from the trap.
Set the trap with the treadle in place. When the squirrels eat the bait, their movement will close the trap.
Move squirrels to a remote location at least five miles away.
Assemble trunk collars around the trunks of trees. Trunk collars are typically 2-foot wide strips of metal that you place around the trunk at a point 6 feet off the ground. Attach the metal with wire springs that expand with the tree as it grows.
Remove or prune any nearby trees that squirrels can use to jump into apple trees.
Cover wire with plastic pipe. Squirrels will not be able to use wires to cross into your orchard trees. The plastic pipe will cause them to slip from the wires.
Cut the legs from four pairs of nylon hose.
Pour mothballs into each of the sections.
Tie the hose sections into the trees near your fruit. The smell will repel squirrels.
Inspect your home to determine where squirrels have gained access. You will need to watch the squirrels to determine their most traveled routes.
Buy a squirrel trap from your local hardware store or borrow one from your local animal control agency.
Place the trap on a route frequented by the squirrels. Bait it with peanut butter or crushed nuts. Secure the trap door open and do not set the trap for several days. Allow the squirrels to become accustomed to eating from the trap.
Set the trap after a couple of days. Check the trap every two hours. When you catch a squirrel, travel some distance from your home to release it in a wooded area.
Remove all apple tree branches below 6 feet off the ground or are within 10 feet of a roof or another tree.
Lock all trash cans with locking lids to prevent tempting squirrels with tidbits from your kitchen.
Place a 12-inch piece of sheet metal around the apple tree's trunk roughly 5 feet from the ground. The metal surface scares the squirrels because it is shiny and prevents them from climbing farther up the tree's trunk because it is too slippery.
Scare squirrels out of the yard with a squirrel hunting dog such as a hound or terrier.
Create an undesirable eating environment by stringing nylon knee highs filled with moth balls near each fruit-producing limb.
Kill any encroaching squirrels with a gun if you live where firearms may be used freely.
Attract some birds. Squirrels are smart little guys, and they know that birds can find the best places to eat in town. If you put out bird seed, the squirrels will come check out the new restaurant.
Make a simple squirrel feeder with feed corn. Hammer a 2-inch nail into a tree or fence. Then cut the tip off of the nail and stick a cob of feeder corn onto it. Once they know where the food is, the squirrels will come to eat.
Put out some water. Nail a plastic dish or the bottom half of a milk jug to a tree or fence near your feeder and fill with water. Now your new little friends can stay hydrated.
Spray fox urine around the perimeter of your garden to repel the squirrels. A fox is a natural squirrel predator. The squirrel will smell the urine and think a fox is nearby. It won't come near your garden.
Sprinkle ground chili pepper around your garden, and even in the garden. Squirrels hate the smell and taste.
Set up an ultrasonic repellent near your garden to scare away the squirrels. The device sets off a high-pitched noise whenever a squirrel walks near it.
Apply petroleum jelly to your bird feeders if squirrels are climbing them. The slippery petroleum jelly will prevent the squirrel from reaching the bird seed.
Add a tablespoon of Tabasco sauce to an empty spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water and shake it up. Spray the liquid on the base of trees, bird feeders, around small openings on the house and around gardens.
Saturate cotton balls in peppermint oil. Space the cotton balls about 5 feet apart around the border of your garden. Do the same in any other area you notice the squirrels.
Sprinkle crushed chili peppers in your garden, around bird feeders or any other area where squirrels are a problem.
Rub petroleum jelly on bird feeder poles, if you have them. The petroleum jelly will prevent the squirrel from climbing up the pole.