How do I get rid of chipmunks and squirrels in my garden, without hurting them?
Live trap them, remove them to another area. My husband transported them about 10 miles out in the country.
We had tried all sorts of deterrents, spent lots of money doing it. Spent much more replanting and replanting.
I completely eliminated the problems of both squirrels and rabbits in my garden by following the below advice. Thank you Jerry. Your advice is not only effective but also soulful.
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)
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.
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."
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How do I keep squirrels out of the garden?
By ctierney from Washington, DC
Sprinkle hot sauce all around the garden or any place you do not want critters, good luck. (07/31/2009)
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)
To keep squirrels away from or keep them from eating your garden plants, mix this:
Spray onto plants. This does not harm the plants and will keep the squirrels away.
By Kelly from Largo, FL
I was just given the suggestion of putting kids pin wheels around my garden and in my pots. Figure it is worth a try.
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)
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
I used coffee grounds to keep the squirrels from going after my tomatoes. I sprinkle it around weekly. (09/13/2008)
By Tracey from Thomasville
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)
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
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)