A Quick Tip About Squirrels: What a nuisence he squirrla are.

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A Quick Tip About Squirrels

By gingin
May 4, 2012

I have a big problem with squirrels, AKA tree rats or varmints, getting into seedlings or cuttings. When I trim the rambling rose I put the trimmings around the babies to help deter them from getting dug up or eaten. Not 100% squirrel proof, but it does help.

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
May 4, 2012 2:21 AM CST
Thats a great tip. I will put something prickly onto my containers. Squirrels dig out the plants the same day they go in.
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CarolineScott
May 4, 2012 4:50 AM CST
Squirrels are part of nature, but they can be a nuisance.
I place rose clippings over the tulip bulbs.
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ge1836
May 4, 2012 4:59 AM CST
I also sprinkle red pepper powder.
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GordonHawk
May 4, 2012 6:01 AM CST
Yes.. a problem indeed... I was by to see Dona Baily the other day... and she's been feeding them along with her birds.. reluctantly... but she's just buying more ... and sucking up the great expense..... they dug up all of her potted plantsand hanging baskets on the back porch.. gone in and tore thiings up... but their funniest michief was going to all her bird houses.. and seeing the little hole in the front for the birds... thiought what a lovely pace to nest themselves... and chewed open the openings to get inside... only to find the space too small to raise a family and went on ot another one ... to chew it open also... the holes they thought they would like to have as their home ... got chewed onto about 6" in dia... really killing the use by the small birds.. for which they were designed...
Name: Ginger
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gingin
May 4, 2012 3:33 PM CST
I was not on the computer yesterday....when I went on line today and saw my "tip/idea" and no system message I thought "What did I miss this time Confused Confused " COOL...do we earn acorns for this too??

And so to reply to some of the replys....my CRAZY TREE RATS love red pepper Grumbling Grumbling doesn't even slow them down. The thorny cuttings, however, do. I have learned NOT to put caladium bulbs in pots to sprout...the varmits dig them up and leave a trail of bulbs like breadcrumbs. Rotten brats Glare Glare BUT have to admit...I do enjoy their antics....where is the "hanging my head while kicking dirt" emoticom Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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KyWoods
May 4, 2012 4:47 PM CST
Pretty smart tip!
I had a doberman who used to eat fresh dug dirt. I put red pepper in it to make her stop; turns out she loved spicey food. Rolling on the floor laughing Grumbling
Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Nov 16, 2012 9:35 AM CST
I wish that roses deterred squirrels.. I have a family of squirrels that live in the tree next door to me and run back & forth along my fence line to my silver maple, which drives my dog INSANE & she's busted down the fence a few times trying to get the squirrel. They just run into my roses & then my dog gets a face full of rose thorns. Doesn't stop her, though!!
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gingin
Nov 16, 2012 9:42 AM CST
Dixie...red nose pit...can open the sliding glass door out to the patio. Thank goodness it's "hurricane strength" or I'm sure she would have busted it by now trying to get out after the tree rats Glare Glare
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Sep 11, 2014 3:38 PM CST
American grey squirrels are a pest in England. They have killed most of our native red squirrels with para-pox virus, As grey squirrels are twice a s big as our vegetarian red squirrels, they also kill them and grey squirrels are carnivorous. They eat bird eggs and anything else they can get. In the U.K. They are considered an Horticultural and Agricultural pest! It is illegal to feed them as some people do in parks.
However Goshawks thankfully eat them, and it is legal to shoot them in the UK.
Regards.
Neil.

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