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Pradip
Sep 19, 2016 11:31 PM CST
We have squarells, in my back yard which seem to be enjoying my veg I garden, I also have planted some Fruit trees like Leachi, mango, parsimon..
This summer they feasted all Leachi in one night.so far we have no luck harvesting any vegetable either.
Please tell me what should I do to keep them away.
Thank you
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Sep 20, 2016 9:44 AM CST
Welcome! to NGA

Good luck on that! squirrels are notorious for getting into and destroying anything. The first year I lived here, they even ate the cholla in my cactus garden.

What does your local authority say about trapping squirrels? That's about all you can do to get them under control.
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Sep 20, 2016 9:51 AM CST
Have you heard of motion activated sprinklers? It's hooked up to a garden house and aimed at the area you want to protect. If the sensor picks up any activity, the sprinkler will shoot a jet of water into your targeted area and scare away the varmints. Just be careful to turn off the sprinkler if you're going to be working in the garden. Netting or light fencing might also work to keep them out or at least protect your fruits.
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sooby
Sep 20, 2016 9:56 AM CST
Welcome! Are you sure the culprit for the Leachi is squirrels? They're supposed to be mainly active during the day rather than at night. Ways to keep them off may depend on what vegetables you are trying to protect. Chicken wire over arcs of piping (like a hoop house) would probably work. Also floating row covers like Remay where you don't need to let pollinators in. Also squirrels don't like blood meal fertilizer but it needs to be re-applied after rain and you might not like using that with vegetables that are eaten uncooked. I accidentally found out that the squirrels around here don't like composted manure because they left the spring bulbs alone that were mulched with it. That's another thing you may or may not want to use in a veggie garden also.
Name: Cindy
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Sep 20, 2016 10:10 AM CST
Oops! I typed "house" when I meant "hose". Fingers moving too fast for my brain.
Sooby - you're right about nocturnal critters. Here, I would think of raccoons or possums. Shrews are nocturnal but not sure if they're strictly carnivores vs omnivores.
Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Sep 21, 2016 8:31 AM CST
Syray cider vinegar w/mother around perimeter. To deter varmints. Its a weed killer to ! So ! You get the drift ?

You also want to watch the drift ! Wind drift . that is !!!
Suspose to deter cats to 😎.
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zuzu
Sep 21, 2016 7:21 PM CST

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What does this mean? "Syray cider vinegar w/mother around perimeter."
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Horntoad
Sep 21, 2016 7:35 PM CST
zuzu said:What does this mean? "Syray cider vinegar w/mother around perimeter."


Spray Apple Cider Vinegar with mother. Which is unfiltered, unrefined Apple Cider Vinegar with all the bacteria and particles still floating around in it.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Sep 21, 2016 7:41 PM CST

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Thanks, Jay. I've never heard the phrase "with mother" before.
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RickCorey
Sep 21, 2016 7:48 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, Pradip!

I don't know how many dogs would like to be active at night, but you might be able to train one to chase squirrels, and then keep leading it your garden at night.

I wonder if a tree can be protected by running chicken wire around the base? Any time I have fought squirrels, they have found a way to go under, over, or through any barrier that I created.


I was picturing myself with a backpack sprayer, chasing my mother around the perimeter of my garden.

But she would have whacked me good if I had ever tried to spray her with any kind of vinegar!
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AmberLeaf
Oct 7, 2016 4:17 PM CST
A trick you could try is to get some bread, break it up into sizable pieces and mix it with the strongest chili powder you can find, then scatter it around your plants, the squirrels mouths will burn and they run away never to return. This process doesn't harm them... it just tells them not to ever return lol and keep the process going until the squirrels stop visiting your garden.

If that fails theres always the BB gun ;)
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