Squirrels! - Knowledgebase Question

Edison, NJ
Question by AlanGretsky
March 29, 1998
I am experiencing a problem with squirrels digging up my garden. Is there a natural way to deter them?


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Answer from NGA
March 29, 1998

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The easiest would probably be to cover the soil around planting beds with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Squirrels don't like to walk on it.

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! Are you sure that squirrels are the only culprit? Could you also be having trouble with a woodchuck, or a family of rabbits?

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