How to Keep Squirrel Out of My Garden
One of the most effective methods to deter squirrels is to disguise the scent of your newly planted bulbs with mulch or gravel. You can also use aluminum foil to disguise the smell of newly planted bulbs. Depending on the time of year, this method can work for months. But, before you try this solution, you should understand how it works and whether it’s safe for your family and pets. If you’ve ever faced this problem, then you may want to read on.
Planting a hyacinth plant in your garden will act as a natural repellent. These bulbs will give you a yearly bloom, and they will serve a secondary benefit of repelling squirrels. They are also effective when used near the entrance of your garden. Hyacinths are an excellent choice if you want to grow a flower bed in your garden, as they can be both attractive and useful.
One natural repellent that squirrels can’t stand is cayenne pepper. Not only does cayenne pepper repel squirrels, but other pests are also scared of it. A small bottle of cayenne pepper mixed with a gallon of water works well as a deterrent. Alternatively, you can sprinkle some pepper flakes or chili pepper flakes around the flower beds and bird feeders. Another natural repellent is owl decoys, but they aren’t foolproof. However, they will work, as long as you put the decoys in an area with a large amount of space.
Dog or cat
If you want to keep a squirrel out of your garden, you can use a dog or cat to scare the rodent away. Cats and dogs love to chase away anything that moves, including squirrels. But the problem with chasing a squirrel is that it may not always be successful, and the claws on a squirrel’s body can be very sharp. It may not be the best idea to let a pet run wild through your garden.
A dog’s hunting instinct is high. A German Shepherd, for example, will pursue any squirrel, if it spies it. The dog will chase the squirrel until it disappears or dies. This way, your dog will have a good idea of where to find the treat. This strategy works well even if you have a small yard. And it will help you avoid the hassle of chasing the squirrel yourself!
Apple cider vinegar
One of the easiest ways to repel squirrels is by spraying them with vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with two parts water and spray the entire area. This mixture can be used on individual plants or on whole gardens. Do not use the vinegar spray on hot days or in direct sunlight. Just remember to dilute the vinegar spray. The vinegar spray will be effective if the squirrels keep away from the soaked rags.
A good way to keep squirrels from visiting your garden is to spray some apple cider vinegar onto the surface. Although it may harm sensitive plants, the smell is strong enough to deter most animals. However, if you are not confident in your abilities to apply this solution, you can also use pepper sauce or diluted apple cider vinegar. These products are made from apple cider vinegar and water, and are safe to use around people and pets.
Squirrels can be a real nuisance once they find a plentiful source of food. They can dig holes in your garden or destroy your bird feeders. A hot chili pepper has a chemical called capsaicin, which gives the pepper its heat. The hotness of this pepper deters squirrels because they have a keen sense of smell and taste, which will put them off.
To make a pepper spray, simply mix one teaspoon cayenne pepper with one quart water. Stir in the cayenne pepper and garlic and let sit for half an hour before spraying it on the garden. This pepper spray will keep squirrels away for at least 30 minutes. Make sure to wear protective gear and do not apply it in windy conditions. A deterrent that is not toxic to humans can also be made from chili flakes or hot chili sauce.
Metal mesh cloches
For vegetable gardens, metal mesh cloches work very well. They can protect young vegetables, such as spinach and lettuce, from squirrels. Moreover, they prevent the squirrel from digging up bulbs, so you don’t have to worry about destroying your garden’s appearance. Moreover, chicken wire or plastic bird netting is also an effective deterrent. The mesh can also be made of hardware cloth or chicken wire.
If you’d like to protect individual plants, you can use plastic netting or floating row covers. Metal mesh cloches can be placed on top of individual plants. Be sure to install them six inches below the ground. Also, try keeping your garden well-covered with plants. The aroma of these plants can deter squirrels. It also improves the soil. If all else fails, use metal mesh cloches to protect individual plants.
Using a dog or cat as a deterrent
A deterrent that works well for dogs and cats is aluminum foil. These are not only effective for squirrels but also other rodents. The smell of aluminum foil is an aversive one for them. Cats and dogs can also deter the squirrels from entering your garden. In addition to aluminum foil, you can use netting or traps for the squirrels.
Peppermint essential oil is another natural repellent that works well for squirrels. Mix it with other essential oils and use it to spray near your garden. If peppermint doesn’t work well, try a spray that contains a combination of peppermint essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil. You can also place the peppermint in old nylon stockings and leave the dog or cat outdoors. This will keep the pests away for some time.
How do I keep squirrels out of my garden?
You can keep squirrels out of your garden by planting squirrel-resistant plants using squirrel guards on your plants or making a homemade squirrel repellent.
What plants are squirrel-resistant?
Some squirrel-resistant plants include daffodils marigolds and petunias.
What is a squirrel guard?
A squirrel guard is a physical barrier that you can put around your plants to keep squirrels from getting to them.
How do I make a homemade squirrel repellent?
You can make a homemade squirrel repellent by mixing together water vinegar and cayenne pepper.
Will a squirrel repellent work on other animals?
Squirrel repellents generally only work on squirrels.
However you can try using a repellent made for another type of animal.
How often do I need to reapply a squirrel repellent?
You will need to reapply your squirrel repellent every few weeks or after it rains.
I have a squirrel in my house how do I get it out?
If you have a squirrel in your house you can try to catch it in a live trap or contact a wildlife control company.
What is a live trap?
A live trap is a trap that catches animals alive so that you can release them elsewhere.
How do I set a live trap?
You can set a live trap by baiting it with food and setting it in an area where you have seen the squirrel.
What should I do if I catch a squirrel in my live trap?
If you catch a squirrel in your live trap you should release it in a nearby park or wooded area.
How much does it cost to hire a wildlife control company?
The cost of hiring a wildlife control company varies depending on the company and the services they provide.
What will a wildlife control company do?
A wildlife control company can remove the squirrel from your house and help you to squirrel-proof your home.
How do I squirrel-proof my house?
You can squirrel-proof your house by sealing up any holes or cracks that they could use to get inside removing any food sources and using squirrel guards.
What if I can’t find the entrance that the squirrel is using?
If you can’t find the entrance that the squirrel is using you can try to wait it out and see if it leaves on its own.
How long will it take for the squirrel to leave?
It is difficult to predict how long it will take for the squirrel to leave.
It could be a few days or a few weeks.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.