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Keeping Squirrels Out of a Vegetable Garden

A squirrel eating a pumpkin in a vegetable garden.
Has your vegetable garden become the salad bowl for the local squirrel population? If so, then you are probably looking for a way to keep them out. This is a guide about keeping squirrels out of a vegetable garden.


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By 1 found this helpful
July 15, 2013

Does anyone know how to keep ground squirrels from eating my bush beans and cucumber plants? They eat the blossom on the bean plants before the beans have formed and they are eating the leaves on my cucumber vines.

By Diana W.

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July 22, 20130 found this helpful

Sprinkle "Bon Ami" around the plants and on them. I also use this when planting bulbs in the winter and it keeps all the animals from eating my bulbs. Bon Ami is a cleaner like "comet" but has no bleach that would hurt the animals.

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May 14, 20170 found this helpful

Place a set rat trap on the dirt. You don't have to use bait. I have had squirrels digging up the peat pellets that I've seeded vegetables in. My husband came up with the rat trap idea. So far, they spring it, but don't get caught in it, it just scares them away.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 27, 2011

Any ideas on how to keep squirrels from digging up my seeds and small plants from my container gardens? I don't want to scare them from the entire yard, just keep them out of my pots so my veggies can grow!

By Dawn

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June 9, 20110 found this helpful

Liberally sprinkle everything with Cayenne Pepper. You can get big containers of it at most dollar stores. The squirrels will get the message.

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June 21, 20170 found this helpful

I know what I'd do to you if ditto, knuckle stagger.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 24, 2010

How do I get rid of chipmunks and squirrels in my garden, without hurting them?

By Kimberly

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March 29, 20120 found this helpful

Do not move squirrels to another area. They will not be accepted by squirrels who already live there, and will be driven from food and eventually starve. If you can't live with squirrels, then kill them. It's more humane.

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July 9, 20130 found this helpful

BTW, Jerry actually said the following about keeping squirrels out of the garden:

"Or douse your plants with my Hot Bite Spray: 3 tbsp. of cayenne pepper, 2 cups of hot water, 1 tbsp. of hot sauce, 1 tbsp. of ammonia, and 1 tbsp. of baby shampoo."

http://www.jerr  psAndTonics.aspx

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October 3, 20110 found this helpful

I have a plot in our neighborhood community gardens. This year we are being plagued with ground squirrels. I do not want to kill them with poisonous stuff (we are an organic garden), but I would like some ideas on how to repel them. They are very bold. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

By Annie

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October 11, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know how you can actually get rid of them permanently, but I know how you can get them out of their holes and probably discourage them from hanging around. Water! My dad used to catch and sell ground squirrels and prairie dogs here in Texas. Ground squirrels holes are smaller and they are easier to flush out.

Get the largest bucket you can find, a large paint bucket and fill with water and pour down the holes. They will come out in a hurry to keep from drowning (prairie dogs take considerably more water, my father used a water truck on them.) Anyway, I imagine if you flush some out of their holes, they will definitely not go back to those holes, although they may go make some more.

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June 24, 20100 found this helpful

How do I keep squirrels out of the garden?

By ctierney from Washington, DC


Keeping Squirrels Out of the Garden

Sprinkle hot sauce all around the garden or any place you do not want critters, good luck. (07/31/2009)

By kffrmw88

Keeping Squirrels Out of the Garden

My in-laws had a horrible squirrel problem. They finally bought an animal cage at the lawn and garden center and caught the buggers and took them 15 miles from their home and let them out. It took a long time, but finally they are squirrel free. Good luck. (08/06/2009)

By grannygirl

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July 29, 20090 found this helpful

To keep squirrels away from or keep them from eating your garden plants, mix this:

  • 1 gallon of water
  • 6 capfuls of Murphy's Oil Soap
  • 2 Tbsp. of cayenne pepper

Spray onto plants. This does not harm the plants and will keep the squirrels away.

By Kelly from Largo, FL


Keeping Squirrels Out of the Garden

I was just given the suggestion of putting kids pin wheels around my garden and in my pots. Figure it is worth a try.

By Rebecca

Keeping Squirrels Out of the Garden

The best way I kept squirrels from digging up my corn kernels that I planted was to spread hair clippings that I got from my barber. They smell the human scent and stay away, so far it has worked. (07/02/2008)

By Bob

Keeping Squirrels Out of the Garden

I have tried everything to keep those crazy things out of my potted plants and they are still making my morning chore of cleaning up split soil and re potting my plants a nightmare. My solution, a large outdoor cat. It has worked. They mess with the cat, but from afar. Put the fear in them, HA! Good luck. (08/24/2008)

By Andrea from OK

Keeping Squirrels Out of the Garden

I used coffee grounds to keep the squirrels from going after my tomatoes. I sprinkle it around weekly. (09/13/2008)

By Don

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August 14, 20070 found this helpful

To keep squirrels and other critters out of your garden get toy snakes, I get the ones at Walmart in the toy department for 88 cents. Put them in your garden and it scares the critters away. Be sure to move them around once in awhile, those critters are smart and will figure out they never move. You can also take green garden hose and make some "X's" (yes there are snakes that look like this) on it with black electrical tape, stick an old tennis ball on the end of the hose for a head and this works just as well. I love to stand in my window and watch the squirrels react, they evacuate to my front yard.

By Tracey from Thomasville


Keeping Squirrels Out of the Garden

I have those rubber snakes all over my terrace, and still.... stupid little squirrels attack all my plants... best solution... put chicken wire in the plants, then they can't dig up the roots and kill your plants... have not found solution for them not attacking tomatoes.. would have to cage them, and it's too much work. (04/06/2007)

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April 2, 20070 found this helpful

To discourage squirrels from eating your garden stuff, you can make a paste of cayenne pepper and water and paint it on the leaves that they seem to attack or if you prefer you can paint the whole garden. The Paste is just made with a little water. This does work but your neighbors will LOOK at you a little funny if they see you "painting" your leaves. I know, I've tried it.

By Mary Ann from Lawrence, KS


Keeping Squirrels Away From Garden Plants

According to Jerry Baker, master gardener, the squirrels eat things in the garden primarily because they're THIRSTY. He suggests keeping a couple of bird baths full of water for them instead of killing or torturing them. They are funny and fairly harmless in TX, at least. The children love, name, and hand feed them nuts/seeds. It would be fairly cruel to see them with a mouthful of pepper.
God bless your reconsidering your anti-squirrel techniques. Good luck with your garden. (10/07/2006)

By lyndagayle62

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