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Dang squirrels are digging up my potted plants :E

petek Jun 22, 2011 05:36 PM

Question..How do I keep squirrels from digging up my flowers? I don't want to use any traps or poisons and I've tried using chili powder/cayenne powder etc with no luck.

Thanks in advance

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    sarahcooks Jun 22, 2011 05:56 PM

    I use Liquid Fence.

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      petek Jun 22, 2011 06:19 PM

      Thanks sarah! I don't think this particular product is available up here in Canada,but I did see something called critter ridder,maybe I'll give it a shot.

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      Eldon Kreider Jun 22, 2011 07:37 PM

      Some years ago I started using a layer of landscape fabric topped with wood chip mulch in my planter boxes to deter squirrels. You really need to make sure no soil shows and may need to place a few rocks strategically, but it has pretty well stopped squirrels from digging in the planter boxes. I doubt that this would work in smaller pots, though. A side benefit is reduced watering.

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        petek Jul 1, 2011 07:04 AM

        Update:
        Got some plastic "chicken wire" from Home Depot and swaddled my plant with it.
        Take that..stupid squirrels!! :-D

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          DonShirer Jul 1, 2011 07:49 PM

          I was getting raided by both rabbits and chipmunks, so I built two raised beds and put chicken wire plus netting covers over them. That (and liquid fence) stopped the rabbits, but the resourceful chipmunks just tunneled under the bed. Today I found a bunch of onions and lettuce decimated. Next year I guess I'll have to put the chicken wire under the plants too.

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        p.j. Jul 2, 2011 08:50 PM

        Last year a lady at the nursery I frequent suggested putting lots of small rocks/ large pebbles on the surface of the dirt in a pot I hang in a tree. The squirrels seemed to leave it alone after I did that. This year, the method is not working as well. I am going to put more rocks in tomorrow.
        Apparently the squirrels don't like the feel of the rocks on their paws. (I find that hard to believe, but give it a try).
        I also used mothballs many years ago, with varying degrees of success. I quit because I didn't want to poison our feral cats.
        Good luck.

        1. inaplasticcup Jul 2, 2011 09:04 PM

          Sounds like it's time for some squirrel gumbo...

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            petek Jul 3, 2011 07:22 AM

            mmmmmm..squirrel gumbo.. :D But seriously,the plastic mesh is working like a charm(so far).
            It's a little unsightly,but well worth it.

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              inaplasticcup Jul 3, 2011 07:43 AM

              Haha. I just noticed * :E *. Brilliant.

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                petek Jul 8, 2011 06:25 PM

                This one's better :oE it's more vermin like...

          2. DonShirer Jul 9, 2011 04:00 PM

            And just when I thought I had no squirrel problems, one managed to shin up the curved iron pole that I hang my Goldfinch feeder from and ravage the thistle seeds in it. My wife frowned on BB guns, so I attached a squirrel deterrent consisting of a pivoting sheet of aluminum to the pole and he(or she) hasn't been back since.

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              Isolda Jul 9, 2011 04:04 PM

              Our CSA uses a statue of a snarling coyote to deter all sorts of nasty pets. It works. The thing is so realistic looking that I was afraid to go out to collect my beans and herbs one day until I realized it wasn't moving.

              At home, my son uses a BB gun. Fortunately he has bad aim because I do not want to have to deal with squirrel and chipmunk corpses.

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                petek Jul 9, 2011 05:07 PM

                "Our CSA uses a statue of a snarling coyote to deter all sorts of nasty pets"

                do you think a lifesize statue of a snarling Yorkshire terrier would work? I don't want to take up too much space on my deck... :D

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