pesky squirrels - Knowledgebase Question

Durham, No
Question by paulettesing
March 20, 2009
how can I keep pesky squirrels from digging up my bulbs?

Answer from NGA
March 20, 2009


Sometimes squirrels are deterred by red pepper flakes, but sometimes they are not. They don't seem to like daffodil bulbs so including them in your bulb bed might be enough to keep them away. If they happen to find a daffodil bulb, they'll quit exploring. But if they find a tulip, or some summer flowering bulbs they'll probably continue digging. I'd stretch some chicken wire or hardware cloth or even some permeable weed control cloth over the freshly planted bed. You can remove it later, after the ground has compacted and before the bulbs begin to sprout. Best wishes with your bulbs!

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