As cute a squirrels are, they can cause a lot of damage to your gardens, bird feeders and even into your homes! Frankie provides some tips on how to keep squirrels out of your garden in this Cityline segment. Getting the upper hand on squirrels requires a multi-faceted approach – you have to use what they don’t like to hear, touch, see, smell and taste.
Squirrels LOVE tulips. If you have a squirrel problem, consider bulbs they wont like such as daffodils (Narcissus family) which are toxic to them, or Allium (members of the onion family) which they don’t like the taste of.
Squirrels don’t like to have predators around, so you might be able to scare them with a fake owl. Squirrels will quickly figure it out if it doesn’t move, so look for one with a moving head, and you will have to move it around to different areas of the garden every so often to keep the squirrels on guard.
Blood meal and pelletized chicken poop are not good smells for squirrels, so using these in your garden can discourage them. The are also fertilizers so you get some nutrients for your plants at the same time.
They can’t dig through chicken wire, so you can use this to lay over your bulbs to protect them. The bulbs will grow through the wire. Make sure you get chicken wire with a mesh size small enough so the squirrels can’t dig through.
And is you can’t beat ’em, feed ’em.
Squirrels are driven by the need to eat. If they find an easier source of food, they will leave your garden alone. You can buy squirrel feeders as a diversion tactic. And if you are going to feed them, why not get some entertainment from it? Here are some of our favourite squirrels feeders: