squirrels eating vegetables - Knowledgebase Question

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


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Answer from NGA
July 19, 2009

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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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