Vegetable Garden Squirrel Control
Squirrels can be a real nuisance in vegetable gardens when they take nips from pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, etc., Repellent sprays don’t work well on vegetables, partly because many impart a bitter or undesirable taste to crops and partly because the plants grow fast, exposing new unsprayed areas to attack. Nor do traps work well, because after some squirrels are removed, the food source in the garden attracts more. Predator urine sprinkled on the ground or put out in dispensers can work reasonably well for a time–at least until the squirrels realize that despite the smell there are no foxes so this should be regarded as a temporary or stopgap measure. If squirrels are targeting specific vegetables like tomatoes then you can cover the tomato plant with a net which will discourage them. Feeding squirrels during harvest time will often lure them away from your vegetables so set up a feeding station as far from the garden as possible and give them sunflower seeds, peanuts or cracked corn.
The best way to keep squirrels and other small animals out of your vegetable garden is with a Mr. McGregor’s Fence®. It will be very effective so long as no low tree limbs overhang your garden from which they could jump into the garden. Besides squirrels it will also keep out a list of other critters.
Flower Garden Squirrel Control
If squirrels are digging in your flower garden apply predator urine put out via dispensers around the border, or spray the ground with Critter Ridder®, a repellent that works by both taste and smell but is inoffensive to people. If squirrels are eating your plants, a good remedy is to spray your plants with Ro-pel®, which won’t harm the plants but which gives them a bitter taste. If squirrels are digging up and eating your bulbs soak them in Ro-Pel® for a minute, let them dry and plant them as usual.
Squirrels in Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes
If the fruit trees and berry bushes are accessible only from their base (not from nearby trees and overhanging branches or buildings and fences) then surrounding them with the economical and easy to install Mr. McGregor’s Fence® is a very effective solution.
Repellents like Critter Ridder®, and predator urine can provide good short term protection and work until the squirrels catch on that there is no predator. If the fruit doesn’t have long to ripen, then these repellents may do the job until you are ready to pick the fruit.
Another very effective approach is to wrap the bush or tree with Bird-X® netting. This hard-to-chew polypropylene net also protects against birds, rabbits, and other interested parties. If a whole tree is too big to wrap in netting then individual limbs can be isolated and wrapped. The idea here is that it’s better to have some of the fruit than none.
There have been reports that the Yard Gard ultrasonic device has been successful in discouraging squirrels that can jump from other trees onto fruit and nut trees. You can try installing a unit on the fruit tree and set it so that it targets the access point on the neighbor tree from which the squirrels invade.