Bulb Eating Squirrels - Knowledgebase Question

Middletown, NY
Question by cas3
April 7, 2000
How do I keep the squirrels from digging up and eating my newly planted bulbs ?

Answer from NGA
April 7, 2000


Squirrels consider tulip bulbs to be the equivalent of
candy. There are several things you can try, but if there are a
lot of squirrels where you live it may be better to plant
daffodils instead. You can try: dipping them in a mole and
rodent repellent just prior to planting, applying a repellent
spray to the mulch over the planting area using either a
commercial spray or a home made garlic and/or pepper based
concoction, watering the area repeatedly immediately after
planting to settle the soil well, covering the area with wire
mesh or old window screens to cage them out, or burying the
bulbs encased in cages made of wire mesh. Finally, a pet dog
or cat on patrol can also help discourage squirrels from
spending too much time in your yard.

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