Pests and Diseases forum: Help with squirrels please!

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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Sep 28, 2017 8:21 AM CST
I'm having a terrible problem this year with squirrels. They are rampaging and eating everything in my garden! I accept that they will take a few tomatoes and other tasty crops. My biggest concern is flower seeds. They have been eating seed pods of my daylilies and true lilies. Spraying the daylily pods with Critter Ridder works (unless it is very rainy) but how do I prevent them from eating my lily pods? They seem to be jumping from trees and knocking over the stalks to get to the pods. Spraying won't help because they will have already damaged the stalk before they smell the spray. I really want to cross two of my lilies but at this rate I'll never collect any seeds!

These are city squirrels so I don't think flimsy organza bags over the pods will stop them. Is there anything else I can put on the pods to protect them? Do the pods need sunlight to develop? I did buy a walk-in crop cage to protect some crops next year. Should I move all my lilies to where I will set it up? Would now be the best time to move them?

Any help would be appreciated!
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Sep 28, 2017 8:25 AM CST
Perhaps if you set up a squirrel delicatessen far from the flower beds the little darlings could be bribed to stay away?
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Sep 28, 2017 9:38 AM CST
Unfortunately I live in NYC so my backyard is tiny. There really isn't anyplace far away from flower beds. I do feed the squirrels in winter and they raid my improvised compost heap in the summer. I also have lots of stray cats that use my backyard to stash kittens or as a path to get to other yards. I've seen them catch squirrels so you'd think the squirrels would stay away!

My next-door neighbor can't grow corn because of the squirrels. I've seen the squirrels jump from a tree, knock over the stalk, take off the ear, shuck it and run away with it to another tree to eat it. He was finally able to grow okra this year when I told him to spray with Critter Ridder. That's why I bought the crop cage. They only way I'm ever going to be able to grow corn is inside of one.
Name: JadedCrazyGardener
San Joaquin Valley, CA (Zone 9b)
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JadedCrazyGardener
Oct 16, 2017 4:28 PM CST
bxncbx said:Unfortunately I live in NYC so my backyard is tiny. There really isn't anyplace far away from flower beds. I do feed the squirrels in winter and they raid my improvised compost heap in the summer. I also have lots of stray cats that use my backyard to stash kittens or as a path to get to other yards. I've seen them catch squirrels so you'd think the squirrels would stay away!

My next-door neighbor can't grow corn because of the squirrels. I've seen the squirrels jump from a tree, knock over the stalk, take off the ear, shuck it and run away with it to another tree to eat it. He was finally able to grow okra this year when I told him to spray with Critter Ridder. That's why I bought the crop cage. They only way I'm ever going to be able to grow corn is inside of one.

I know this one! In San Francisco we slather peanut butter on apple cores and hang them all over the trees. They would fill up on the peanut butter and leave the flowers alone. Hope this helps. Crossing Fingers!

Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Oct 16, 2017 4:48 PM CST
Now that's an idea! I have a really old apple tree in my backyard that I could use to hang the cores from. I'll definitely give it a go!

Unfortunately the tree is so old it will have to come down soon (most of it is dead). I'm definitely going to plant another tree but it will have to grow quickly so I can keep using that trick.

Thanks for the tip!
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tx_flower_child
Oct 16, 2017 9:15 PM CST
The only problem with feeding the squirrels is that now they will never leave. They'll eat some peanut butter and have a seed pod for dessert. And bring their friends and family along with them.
Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Oct 17, 2017 4:47 AM CST
Too late for that. The squirrels moved in years ago-eating apples from the tree.

They used to mostly dumpster dive for food but the skunks & raccoons have raided that before the squirrels get a chance.
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tx_flower_child
Oct 17, 2017 12:23 PM CST
Ah. Skunks and raccoons and squirrels. It's survival of the fittest.

I wish there were an easy way to get rid of squirrels. I have more than my share. Dang little rodents.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Oct 17, 2017 12:37 PM CST
I feel your pain, Elena. We are in rural NM and everything I planted got eaten by rabbits, deer and squirrels. I tried all of the critter deterrents and none worked well for very long. Now everything has to be planted with hardware cloth mesh around and over them. We will soon be working on a fenced area to keep most of them out, but squirrels will still get in. They are a big pain!
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amandalm55
Nov 7, 2017 11:19 AM CST
I purchased an entire deer fence kit from www.bennersgardens.com It came with a 2'h rodent barrier/chew guard that works great for keeping out squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs and all the other little annoying critters....
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Nov 7, 2017 11:39 AM CST
I see two solutions:
Either cage everything dear to you or relocate those Critters to a friendly park with the help of a kind Havehart trap.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 7, 2017 12:14 PM CST
@amandalm55, please let us know how the kit works out for you. I definitely need to do something quickly.
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tx_flower_child
Nov 7, 2017 12:16 PM CST
But wait! Get a hawk! Apparently there's a hawk (don't know what kind) in my extended neighborhood. Last week 3 different people saw the hawk swoop down and carry off a squirrel. (different instances) Lock up the cats and dogs and kids! But send that hawk to get the squirrels in my yard!

Word is that the hawk tends to hang out on the steeple of an older church about a mile from me.
Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Nov 7, 2017 1:45 PM CST
We have a neighborhood hawk also but it seems to prefer mourning doves to squirrels☹️.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 7, 2017 1:46 PM CST
We also have several neighborhood hawks but we always have too many squirrels and chipmunks.
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