Answer: At my house the squirrels and chipmunks steal bulbs (with the exception of daffodils) as fast as I can plant them. In my experience, the best protection is to cover the planting area with wire mesh, such as hardware cloth, until the ground resettles, then remove it so the bulbs can grow unhampered next spring. Some gardeners report success using commercial animal repellents that are applied and reapplied according to the label instructions. Others report success using homemade pepper-based sprays squirted on the soil around the bulb planting area.
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