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Initial post: Sep 19, 2012 9:09:07 AM PDT
fstcr46 says:
does anyone know how to stop squirrels from eating tomatoes off my plants

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 7:30:34 AM PDT
Sixto Davila says:
Plan A - you can try putting a cage around your tomato plant to keep the squirrel out

or...

Plan B - you can buy a squirrel cage, fill it with some peanuts, capture it & release it in a distant but not too far wooded area.

My wife & I use plan B.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 11:13:23 AM PDT
or better yet, release in soneones yard that you do not care for

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 8:18:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2012 8:26:10 AM PDT
D. Cortez says:
How do you keep the squirrels from picking the seeds from your sunflower plants.?? Someone had suggested, making a slippery funnel and place them around the flowers. Make sure to make them deep enough, so they cannot reach inside. Have yet to try. I hear squirrels are the worst. Within 24hrs of purchasing these beautiful flowers, they were attacked!!!!!!!!!!!!! FRUSTRATED........... :(

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 2:51:28 AM PDT
Fratt says:
Best way is a shot gun!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 11:08:00 AM PDT
duck says:
bb gun get it done.

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 7:21:14 AM PDT
Jeffrey H. says:
Try wiring a piece of fencing with 110 volts.
It'll fry the little b------ds!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 8:03:14 AM PDT
lahre says:
Where do you buy a squirrel cage ?? ( lahre@cfl.rr.com ) I have between 3&4 squirells in my yard all of the time. ?????

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 8:28:16 AM PDT
Jeffrey H. says:
Use a piece of rabbit fencing around 3' high, make a circle around what you want to protect. Then take electical cord, attach one of the 2 wires to the cage and the other to a large(12d) nail driven into the ground(tree, fence, etc. - nothing metallic(conductive)). Plug into a standard grounded outlet when squirrels are present.
Be careful that pets, children, etc. are nowhere near!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2012 9:09:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2012 9:13:27 PM PDT
Valerie638 says:
I have a young 16 lb. cat who actually chases squirrels down, kills them, & gives them to my 85 lb. dog, who hates the darn things, because they tease her from a safe distance. The dog carts them around for a few minutes, then drops them. I've buried several this summer & fall. So - get a young, playful cat & let the games begin.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 7:18:54 AM PDT
Jeffrey H. says:
Can you please clone her/him for me???

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2012 11:49:24 PM PDT
Drtcugeo140 says:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_4?url=search-alias%3Dlawngarden

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 3:02:15 AM PST
Squirrel's are Rat's with perm's.

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 6:59:12 AM PST
Chris says:
I have very aggressive squirrels. I never heard this,but they chew up all my lawn furniture metal and plastic. I am very reluctant to buy new furniture. Can any one help!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 9:42:27 AM PST
I have tried large rat traps (large snap traps like a mouse trap and use Skippy peanut butter) and they work. The have a heart type are not so great. The best way I have found is an electric fence used for livestock. I put it around the bottom of my garden with two strands. One about 4 inches from the ground and the other about 14 inches. This seems to work the best.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 5:30:42 AM PST
Cayenne pepper is THE BEST... I sprinkle it in my bird feeder. The birds have no taste buds so they notice nothing, but the squirrels HATE IT. I haven't seen a single squirrel around since I started using it.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 10:00:37 PM PST
Here in Albuquerque NM we have ground,and rock squirrels mostly.They don't climb trees like most squirrels do. I have had very good results using the old style "HAVEAHART" live traps,(the ones with two doors). I filed down the trip mecanism to make it more sensitive,and bait it with crackers spread with peanut butter, and set it on a path that I know they use. Turn them loose at least two miles from where they were trapped, or else they will return. I know for a fact,as I have spray painted their butts with floresant paint,and they have reapperd two days later. Like the idea of the Cayenne pepper,will have to try it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 12:19:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2012 12:23:14 PM PST
You can buy a spray for deer & other critter's..They hate the smell..We have lots of tree squirrels & they have never bother the Tomatoes...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 8:51:43 AM PST
New Bride says:
There are two great easy ways.

Get a big (not declawed) alley cat at the shelter. Leave him out near the plants in the daytime. Make sure he knows not to take off, call him and feed him when he comes to you a few times first. NEVER leave his bowl outside even for an hour, though.

I heard Franks red hot pepper sauce, sprinkled LIBERALLY around the garden repeals deer, moles, rabbits and squirrels. 'Course, you have to re-apply once a week, or more, if it rains.

If any of you have fruit trees that are getting chewed by rabbits or squirrels, take an old pantyhose, fill it with cat fur (ask any friend who has a cat, they will be MOST happy to give you a bag of fur) stick the fur inside the leg, wrap around the tree trunk. Rabbits smell the cat, and stay away.

You also might try a removeable wire fence, like they use for snow, only stronger. Not strong enough for them to climb, tho, make sure it flops backwards not into the patch.

Never tried it, but those automated sprayers might do it also. Deer ate all of my peppers one year, even the Habaneros. I think they only took the leaves of that one, but the whole plant died. A sprayer might have worked on him. Fences didn't deter him, they have to be 8' high.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 10:02:40 AM PST
Hang small bells off the plant... the sound scares them....

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 3:08:52 AM PST
FrOzEn4YoU says:
You have to experiment with a few things. The sprays did not work for me, cayenne pepper didn't, traps will not get all of them. I even tried mole poison. My neighbors woke up to a few stiff squirrels. Again that was not able to kill all of them ( I was also worried a stray pet might be hungry). Because they have defined territories you might be able to kill them all but neighboring squirrels love more real estate! I've heard some people trap them and replant them 10 miles away as their little painted butts have the best gps. One garden center employee recommended a nighttime swim in the lake or use a five gallon bucket full of water. You know what I'm talking about. I've changed my ways and won't kill the little guys anymore. They still suck though!
The best method is a barrier method. If you can add a zap, do that too. I planted a lot of grass seed and the little buggers would dig big craters. A lot. Tons. I finally tried a black plastic mesh (Home Depot) that unrolls real wide. Maybe something like that placed over greenery might help??
Good luck to all of you.
Remember, paint their butts. At least use a fashionable color!!

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 11:48:57 AM PST
poo says:
22 cal rifle with "shorts" works best to rid the yard of "tree-rats." The "shorts" make little noise and are powerful enough to kill the squirrels with one shot. every year I have to cul the local herd of tree rats by six or eight. When you feed the birds, the t-r's keep coming. I've also used a Crossman Pumpmaster Classic with pellets but, you have to be a good shot.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013 2:41:39 PM PST
Tim says:
Squirrels are the easiest animals in the world to trap. Buy a "live capture" trap and bait it with a peanut butter cracker, peanut butter side stuck down to the bait platform. Squirrels are very territorial...you'll clear out your territory in a few weeks. It will take quite awhile for the next generation to move back in. Note, release them more than a block away, they know their neiborhood.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 10:23:40 PM PST
Get a whippett. Whippet's are sight hounds that are great apartment dogs, quiet, loveable, healthy and live long. You can even get a fairly cheap one from a rescue group. Ask your local vet or local whippet breader about these rescue groups. Whippets are famous for keeping your home/yard squirrel free.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2013 2:22:09 PM PST
Good for you! I love a good cat!
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