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Old 06-28-2010, 12:06 PM
 
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Squirrels are ruining my window boxes and potted flowers, they even breaking my statues! Any tips on keeping them away?
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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Squirrels are ruining my window boxes and potted flowers, they even breaking my statues! Any tips on keeping them away?
The big furry tailed squirrels or the chimpmunk ground squirrels? The latter have an affinity for peanut butter which you can smear on the trigger of rat traps.

Otherwise, keeping them away is tough...maybe an outdoor cat (there goes your doves, songbirds too though....)
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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The big furry tailed squirrels or the chimpmunk ground squirrels? The latter have an affinity for peanut butter which you can smear on the trigger of rat traps.

Otherwise, keeping them away is tough...maybe an outdoor cat (there goes your doves, songbirds too though....)
Big furry tails I'm going to try chili pepper paste and moth balls tomorrow.
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:02 PM
 
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I have two feral cats and a pair of grey foxes that reside in the woods at the far end of my front yard, behind my garden. I feed them dried cat food, not enough for all of them to survive on, but, it keeps them around. They hunt my garden for mice, rats, voles, rabbits and squirrels. I have lost nothing to garden eating critters thus far this year. I get all of my critter food, dog, cat, birds-from my local agricultural co-op, 40 lb bags. To date, none of the cats go after the songbirds or hummingbirds, and the foxes do not go after the cats, they seem contented to stay out at the outer edge of the yard, or the edges of the garden and predate from there.
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Old 06-28-2010, 01:46 PM
 
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Big furry tails I'm going to try chili pepper paste and moth balls tomorrow.
I tried ground red pepper, but the squirrels seemed to like it.
Mothballs didn't keep the mice out of my garden shed.

Right now my big problem is little furry chipmunks.
I no longer find them cute. I hate them. last fall one burrowed under my brick sidewalk causing a cave in. We've captured them before in those havaheart traps with sunflower seeds, but according to online sources, my husband didn't take them away far enough, and it's possible that the same ones came back.

My neighbors cats hang out in my yard, and a red fox wanders through several times a week, but the squirrels and chipmunks don't seem to care.
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:10 PM
 
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Squirrels are ruining my window boxes and potted flowers, they even breaking my statues! Any tips on keeping them away?

you can try what my granddad does


he traps the squirrel in a little metal trap, with bait.

then he spraypaints the squirrel with bright orange spraypaint. he tells it, "If I ever see you again I will shoot you." Then he releases him, and sits on the porch with a .22 long rifle and waits. If he sees a bright orange squirrel again, it is game over.

I am not sure if this produces results or not. My dad does something similar, but drowns them in a bucket, while they are in the cage, instead of spraypainting them. I believe this to be more effective.
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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Squirrels don't help. I think what you meant was "Squirrels, help!"
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Old 06-28-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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Squirrels are ruining my window boxes and potted flowers, they even breaking my statues! Any tips on keeping them away?
A jack russell terrier in the yard does wonders in reducing the frequency/duration of squirrel visits; works for chipmunk and moles too.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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you can try what my granddad does


he traps the squirrel in a little metal trap, with bait.

then he spraypaints the squirrel with bright orange spraypaint. he tells it, "If I ever see you again I will shoot you." Then he releases him, and sits on the porch with a .22 long rifle and waits. If he sees a bright orange squirrel again, it is game over.

I am not sure if this produces results or not. My dad does something similar, but drowns them in a bucket, while they are in the cage, instead of spraypainting them. I believe this to be more effective.
I think Grandad needs to find a few hobbies rather than sitting on the porch waiting for "orange squirrels" to show up. .
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Squirrels are ruining my window boxes and potted flowers, they even breaking my statues! Any tips on keeping them away?
I have found HOT chili powder to be effective....but if it rains you must replenish it and also you must renew it weekly.

I have read that BLOODMEAL deters squirrels but I have not tried it as of yet.....we too have a squirrel problem but we feed birds also and you can't easily keep them(squirrels) out of the feeders/garden. Good Luck.....

Rabbit and Squirrel Repellent

The active ingredient in this repellant is BLOODMEAL....so I too will give it a try and see how effective it really turns out. . But I'm just buying the bloodmeal as a fertilizer....it is high in Nitrogen and is easily found at Garden Centers. .
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