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QUESTION: Squirrels in the garden and bird feeder invaders

comments (6) February 28th, 2011

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I have recently moved from a home by the ocean to one more inland, and I am shocked at the large squirrels that are everywhere.  They have already eaten half of the daffodil bulbs I have planted, and I am going to try hot pepper powder mixed with the bird seeds.  What can you suggest to get rid of these pests?

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Joe_in_Missouri writes: A high powered pellet gun can also do wonders with squirrels.

Speaking of tree rats a rat trap nailed to the side of a tree and baited with peanut butter works also. What could be better than fresh vegetables roasted with some fresh squirrel?

Posted: 2:37 pm on July 20th
Janni writes: It is most unusual for squirrels to eat daffodil bulbs as the bulbs are poisonous. The squirrels do love tulip bulbs though.
Posted: 10:40 am on July 20th
ilovegreen writes: Try dropping pieces of Ex-Lax. Place it around and in your garden bed. The squirrels will eat it and will soon come to find out not everything in your garden is good for their tummy, if you catch my drift. It doesn't hurt them but drives them away from your garden.
Posted: 11:12 pm on April 27th
Carolleone writes: R u sure squirrels r eating ur daffodils? I never have the pests (and they r just THAT) eat daffodils. They do however, eat other bulbs, so I often surround tulips, for example with daffodils. I watched a video about squirrel invasions, which concluded it is almost impossible to stop all damage. Sheesch. I do know that, if u plant ur bulbs in wire cages, squirrels cannot get to them. Do not put accessable bird feeders with black sunflower seeds, fill them with safflower seeds that squirrels do not like, but birds do. Save ur sunflower seed feeders for those hard to reach - squirrels are oportunists and might just bypass ur yard for other easier yard banquets. Hope some of this helps.
Posted: 12:01 pm on April 26th
asseenintheyard writes: cats also like squirrels. Try not to be too friendly with them as they will nest inside your house and make a mess, they will chew through your feeders (rendering them useless) and dig around your foundation (looking for a quick way in). For me they are cute to look at but they are still tree rats.
Posted: 9:17 am on April 23rd
ChrisMcLaughlin writes: I did write about some ideas on Outsmarting Squirrels -
Posted: 5:19 pm on March 3rd
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