The Q&A Archives: Deterring Squirrels from Mulberry Trees

Question: In my back yard there is a mulberry tree and it is being attacked by a family of squirrels. These squirrels have always caused problems but this time I fear they are killing the tree! All the other trees and plants in the garden are blooming - the mulberry is still largely bare: every time new leaves begin to appear the squirrels climb up and bite the branch off. They do this to all the branches, even the ones that are not growing new leaves. Is there anything I can do to protect the tree and stop these squirrels from doing more damage? Someone suggested hot or cayenne pepper but this does not seem to work. Any suggestions? Thank you very much. I look forward to hearing from you. E. Yamashiro

Answer: Squirrels can go attack the wildest things sometimes. I've never heard of squirrels attacking mulberry leaves as they emerge. I'd think any of the commercially available repellents such as Ropel and Hinder may be work a try to stop their bizarre activity. These should be available at local garden centers. I would guess they will stop once other food becomes available. You could try to lure they away with a squirrel feeder, but that may just encourage them to stay in the neighborhood more. A good cat might also be worth a try!

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