The Q&A Archives: Pest Squirrels

Question: Squirrels are terrorizing my aunt's garden. This is her only form of hobby and the rodents are making it ever so hard for her to continue. How can we deal with them?

Answer: Squirrels can be very destructive and exasperating in the garden. Some gardeners report success using repellent sprays, either home made garlic/pepper recipes or the commercial type such as GetAway Squirrel and Raccoon Repellent or even predator urines offered by Burpee (800-888-1447). Others report that a pet dog or cat can serve as a deterrent, and others resort to a combination of methods including caging plants that seem to be particular favorites. If digging is their main activity, you may find that a wire mesh such as chicken wire laid over the surface helps. Finally, some gardeners are convinced that feeding the squirrels keeps them happily away from the garden.

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