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January 13, 2001
7:12 PM

Post #548

I am having a very bad problem with squirrels this year. We have 25 to 30 in our yard alone and they are destroying everything in sight. I have tried feeding them but that does not stop them. I anchored netting around my plants and they tore it down and are using it to nest in. They are digging up everything and I do not know what to do. I have tried spraying with capsicum water and garlic water but that does not work at all. They have gotten brave enough that one day i had left the sliding glass door cracked open a bit and one came inside and was going through my trash can. My neighbors probally think i am a mad woman for running outside, barefeet, in the snow chasing them away. Can anyone offer me any advice to keep them out of my gardens?
Lyndeborough, NH

January 13, 2001
9:33 PM

Post #47358


Retry your capsicum with soap or alcohol.

Capsicum is an oil and does not mix with water alone.

Hamburg/Pinnebog, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 13, 2001
9:57 PM

Post #47360

Newt, 4 suggestions,
1. get yourself some cages and catch them and then drive them out to the country like 5 or 10 miles and release them.
or 2. I heard if you put mothballs out on the edge of where you don't want them to get in, I never tryed it! 3. get yourself some outdoor cats to prowl your yard. 4. shoot them!

Brewers, KY
(Zone 6b)

January 13, 2001
10:32 PM

Post #47362

I got my pot ready! I'm a'headin' your way. Just love a squirrel and andouille gumbo! ;-0
Ladysmith, BC
(Zone 8a)

January 14, 2001
4:21 PM

Post #47401

I have heard that squirrels do not like human hair. Maybe you could ask your local beauty salon for a bag of hair??

Sprinkle it around where your really valuable plants are to see if it works.

Only thing I can suggest, have heard the hot peppers do not work as well as the hair.

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