Squirrel-Proof My Garden

Every year I plant a garden but never get to enjoy much of it. Our neighborhood is infested with squirrels. Does anyone know any tricks that work to keep them from eating my food?

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dph13 - May 14, 2010

I have heard that moth balls scattered in the garden will deter squirrels.


beth - May 14, 2010

A high powered pellet gun.

Renee - May 17, 2010

I have 3 cats “on patrol”. One cat gardens with me during the day, one is a night prowler, the other is a random day/night cat. No other creatures dare stay in the garden long enough to do much damage.

crankymae - May 17, 2010

Being an animal lover, garden nibblers are hard to control humanely.
I found that children’s pinwheels(preferably the shiny aluminum
ones) placed strategicly will scare away most. And you can save
them from year to year. They don’t like the movement and the
whirring, buzzing noise thw pinwheels make.

Inez - May 19, 2010

I went to my pet groomers and got a sack full of dog hair, I stuffed it into knee hi hose and tied it into my peach trees, I haven’t seen a squirrel in my yard at all, I also have 5 raised bed garden and so far they haven’t bothered anything.

    jan - April 27, 2011

    I have also heard you can do the same with cat hair.

Carolyn - May 19, 2010

I have used the regular dial soap – the gold type – cut it up in small pieces and placed it around and in bird feeders – the squirels don’t like the smell. Also I sprinkle cayenne pepper around my plants and bird feeders.
We also have too many squirrels!

Jenn - May 29, 2010

Thank you everyone, I will give these ideas a try!!

Jenny - April 27, 2011

I too had squirrel issues. I sprinkled cayenne pepper all over the dirt in the garden. Another thing I’ve been doing is sprinkling blood meal and bone meal. Both have worked well. Hope this helps.

jeanie - April 27, 2011

I believe it is against the federal law to use moth balls outside.

    Jill - August 20, 2012

    Luckily for all the Feds have their hands full with stuff they are already doing, so they are too busy to start patrolling our gardens….so far.

Lael - May 1, 2011

We have tried all of the above methods except the moth balls, which are toxic, and the cats, which I am allergic to. We finally got a Cairn terrier named Sam. He does a wonderful job as Wildlife Manager, and he likes to cuddle.

Jackie - July 14, 2012

Hi! we Have just planted a garden and already our first full grown tomato and zuchinni have been bitten and taken off! We know it is squirrels but we don’t know what to do :( Help?

    Terri - August 22, 2012

    Most might think its barbaric but the only answer is to kill them. Cats kill them better than we do. Go to your local feed & seed store & look on their bulletin board. Post that you are looking for a good Mouser-Tom cat. Last year we had an Army of Squirrels devastate our pecan trees. I got one female cat. We now have 16 cats. So get a Tom. ONE MALE. This cat will need to be an outdoor cat. Only feed them kibble near evening. Dont over feed the cat because then they will not need to hunt for food. Put pepper in your garden to keep the rodents & felines out. Look in your local paper for free kittens or cats. have your cat fixed so you dont end up with 16. (partly because a pregnant stray showed up & bought room & board with a dead squirrel left on my back porch) we do NOT have a squirrel problem anymore.

      The Hillbilly Housewife - August 22, 2012

      Thank you for sharing, Terri. Yes, the thought may not be an easy one, but cats have been used for pest control for eons. If you spend time on a farm, you will immediately notice the ‘barn cat.’ They keep the barn clean of mice and rats, which is a blessing for not only the farmers but for the people who eat and drink the products. There will always be a debate about letting cats ‘police’ the yard and garden. But, it works. Thank you so much also for reminding people that one or two good mousers are all you need for a moderate size garden, so BE SURE to get your cat spayed or neutered before sending your hunter out.

Kdo - April 8, 2015

Plants that are suppose to repell squirrels from other plants I find does not work. I had duffs all around tulips, no one tulip survived. Squirrel resist plants around other squirrel loved, didn’t work. They still buffeted the loved bulbs and messed up everything they didn’t like. Tried sticks, they dug between, used bed of leaves, delayed growth and produced week blooms. I have decided to simply DO NOT PLANT WHAT SQUIRRELS LIKE. Used repellents, too expensive because had to put back out after each rain. Tried chicken wire, couldn’t did up roots of weeds. Most discouraging. They are literally little devils. Haven’t seen one reason for their exsistance!!!!

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