The Q&A Archives: Deterring Squirrels

Question: I am having trouble with squirrels digging in my yard and flower beds. We have loads of them and to trap them and release them somewhere else would not help since the neighbors on both sides of me feeds them and we also have a nut tree in our yard. Ihave tried moth balls which didn't help at all and then I tried blood meal which did work but this year it seems as though they are use to it. Is there anything that I can use that don't cost a lot of money to keep them out of the flower beds. I would appreciate any help at all. With the blood meal I did apply it every time that it rained which also leads to a lot of money. Thank you. Connie Heitz Columbus, OH

Answer: Here are a few deterrents you can try; unfortunately, there's no sure-fire way to eliminate squirrels from your garden. Try sprinkling the plants with cayenne pepper, or sprinkling red pepper flakes around the soil. (You can purchase these inexpensively in bulk at many natural food stores.) Since squirrels' natural predators include snakes, owls and hawks, look for inflatable or concrete versions of these predators at your local garden center. Placed conspicuously around your garden, they just might scare the squirrels away--at least for a while. Spreading lime around the base of your plants may deter them for a while (and it's good for the soil.)

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