The Q&A Archives: Deterring Squirrels

Question: Last year our vegetable garden was devastated by squirrels-- they ate everything. I'm looking for the list of ideas, short of killing them, to arm myself for this year. So far, I know of: plastic owls or snakes and fox urine. What are other alternatives?

Answer: OK...squirrels are tough, but there may be some help for you.<br><br>The easiest would probably be to cover the soil around planting beds with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Squirrels don't like to walk on it. <br><br>You can also try pruning trees so the lowest branches are at least 6 feet above ground and placing 2 foot wide metal bands around the tree trunks, positioning them so the bottom of each band is at least 2 feet off the ground. This will discourage squirrels from taking up residence in your yard.<br><br>I realize these aren't really simple solutions...but it's not a simple problem! Are you sure that squirrels are the only culprit? Could you also be having trouble with a woodchuck, or a family of rabbits?

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