Pests and Diseases forum: I have a destructive Squirrel in my garden....

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Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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AlanJ
Apr 30, 2016 7:04 AM CST
I have a resident squirrel that is digging up all of my potted plants in my garden. I need a squirrel repellent, but see that
many of them just don't work and have received bad reviews from consumers. How do I get rid of this animal ? Grumbling
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
May 1, 2016 7:04 AM CST
Covering the exposed soil surface with anything that can prevent digging should help, like rocks, pinecones, plastic forks stuck in upside-down with the tines poking up, toothpicks, thorny bits of rose branches, whatever you have available.
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Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
May 1, 2016 7:09 AM CST
I've been using rocks, but plastic forks are a great idea too. I hate it when they dig up my plants. Angry
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
May 1, 2016 7:10 AM CST
Gosh, I never even thought of that. I feel like a Dope! I have 2 bags of garden stones in my shed that I could have used, and I also have plenty of plastic forks. Drats! and I went out and bought
a spray bottle of "Deer Out". Grumbling
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
May 1, 2016 7:12 AM CST
Yes, gravel and stones work really well for my pots on the deck, which they love to dig in all fall and winter. Spring, though, the plantings are too vulnerable, so I either surround them with some good sized pebbles or cover the entire surface of the dirt with gravel. Works really well for me.
Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
May 1, 2016 7:17 AM CST
So that's why the squirrel was on the front porch! Going after my baby plants? I felt sympathy for the squirrel before right now, because the dog really scared it. Now? All my hopes and wishes are with the dog.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Ibis
Florida, Orlando-ish (Zone 9b)
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IbisFla
May 1, 2016 7:18 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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AlanJ
May 1, 2016 7:35 AM CST
Yeah, I was even feeding the little guy peanuts in the shell ....... and what did he do with them...
he dug massive holes in my pots to try and bury them! That's it, the Gig is up! Now he gets no
more food from me Angry
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
May 1, 2016 9:45 AM CST
My neighbor feeds them. Nothing I can do to keep the peanuts and shells out of my yard... and it's full of oak trees, so I pull countless acorns, squirrel-buried or not...
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
May 3, 2016 8:35 AM CST
Yep. I have a large Oak tree in my back yard, that is and has dropped tons of acorns which keeps this little critter hanging around. He has gone back to digging in my pots again. So I had to go out last nite and spray the soil and the plants with "Deer Off". Hopefully that will keep the little
bugger away from my plants! Grumbling
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Frillylily
May 3, 2016 8:43 AM CST
well he is just doing what tiny brained squirrels do. Lovey dubby
They are so cute to watch!

I hate them! they dig all over my yard!
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Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
May 3, 2016 9:01 AM CST
HaHa, you should see all the holes dug in my back and side yards ---- the little bugger has ruined my lawns!! Grumbling
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
May 3, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Not sure if this will help but when squirrels started digging in my opened wintersowing containers I bought some mosquito netting & covered them with it. No problems since. This is good for tiny seedlings and small plants. Once they get larger (fill most of the pot) I take it off and the squirrels leave them alone.

Critter Ridder also works well, especially with skunks and stray cats. But if you use the spray make sure it isn't windy. It's pretty potent and not something you want to get a face full of!
Name: Lori
Upstate NY (Zone 5b)
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LoriK
May 3, 2016 12:56 PM CST
I had some tulip bulbs that were just about to open and a squirrel got to them and munched them up. I was really mad! Then he did it to a few others, so I bought some Repels-All and sprayed it on the remainin buds and pretty much everything else because I was paranoid. This stuff is nontoxic, just makes the plants taste bad. Boy howdy does it stink when going on! Garlicky and smoky and something else in there. Yuck. The smell dissipated after a day and the squirrels have not bothered the other tulip buds. Yay! I will be spraying it on the rose buds before they open because a squirrel got some of them last year.

This is a pic of the damage:

Thumb of 2016-05-03/LoriK/49e2f5

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Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
May 3, 2016 1:49 PM CST
I have two rose bushes and 7 pots of Clematis.......if that squirrel touches my flowers, I'm going out and getting a sling shot and I'll blow his A** off ! I also have 2 Iris gardens, and lots of flowering shrubs. He's gonna be in for it Grumbling
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Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
May 3, 2016 2:03 PM CST
That squirrel could go after my one little clematis? no, no, no.... I am releasing the hound!
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
May 3, 2016 2:40 PM CST
HeeHee, I have 2 Hounds that I can release ... nodding One is an English Bulldog and the other (who is more viscious) is a Pug ! They will definitely get that critter Thumbs up
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
May 3, 2016 4:26 PM CST
A squirrel caused all that damage, Lori??? Mine are pretty harmless but then they're also well fed year round between the neighbor's nuts and our birdseed. Maybe a distraction is in order?
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
May 4, 2016 4:52 AM CST
I'm grateful for the squirrels. If they didn't eat seeds constantly, I wouldn't be able to pull all of the sprouts that would come up if every ripe/dropped seed sprouted.
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Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
May 4, 2016 9:55 AM CST
@AlanJ, my hound is a 12 pound 3/4 poodle, but he's bigger than the squirrel, and very fast. Did you know squirrels actually scream when being chased by the hound? I've got a caboodle of seed pots out and if the squirrel is intimidated by the dog the birds are not.
Can't complain too loud about how the ball bounces when I'm the one who dropped it.

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