squirrels eating vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

milpitas, Ca
Question by betinafirst
July 19, 2009
how do I keep squirrels from eating my fruit and vegetables?

Answer from NGA
July 19, 2009


Squirrels are tough, but there may be some help for you. 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. Fencing in your vegetable garden can help keep squirrels from the plants. I realize these aren't really simple solutions...but it's not a simple problem!

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