Pests - Knowledgebase Question

savage, Ma
Question by louise120
May 2, 2008
How can I keep squirrels out of my plants on my balcony? They tear my plants up.

Answer from NGA
May 2, 2008


Dealing with squirrels is tough, but there may be some help for you. One of the easiest solutions is to cover the soil around your plants with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Squirrels don't like to walk on it. Another suggestion is to drape bird netting over your plants. This should only be temporary - as soon as the squirrels figure out they can't get to your plants, they'll go elsewhere.

You can also try pruning trees so the lowest branches are at least 6 feet above ground and placing 2 foot wide metal bands around the tree trunks, positioning them so the bottom of each band is at least 2 feet off the ground. This will discourage squirrels from taking up residence in your yard. I realize these aren't really simple solutions...but it's not a simple problem!

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