Keeping Squirrels Out of the Garden?

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

By Kimberly


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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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April 10, 20110 found this helpful

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)

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August 15, 20170 found this helpful

It may be cruel to pepper them but when they are eating the food that you have planted to feed your family over winter because it is less expensive to grow and preserve it than to buy it in winter what would you have us to do?

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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."

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