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QUESTION: Getting rid of ground squirrels?

comments (7) April 23rd, 2011

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California ground squirrel.Photo by howcheng under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License 3.0.Click To Enlarge

California ground squirrel.

Photo by howcheng under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License 3.0.

My gardens are ruined every summer by tunnelling ground squirrels. I am looking for an answer to getting rid of them permanently.  Any ideas?

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GrowMoore writes: What about using real cat urine? I have 4 house cats and use a litter system that traps the urine in an absorbent pad. I could easily don plastic gloves and squeeze it into a spray bottle. I'm thinking it might be better to dilute it a little with distilled water since it's really potent! We have wild rabbits, moles, voles, deer and crows for pests.

I wouldn't spray it directly on my vegetable plants, but I wonder how it would affect my vegetables' growth. I encourage my cats to come into the garden with me and leave their kitty scent, and none of them bothers the plants or does their business in the garden (a 20 ' by 40' fenced area with some semi-raised beds and some areas of open gardening--a work in progress.) One of them (Maisy) actually killed a vole and proudly brought it to me. No, she's not for sale!!

Comments anyone?? Should I go for it and spray away or stay away from the spray?

GrowMoore in NC
Posted: 6:14 pm on March 20th
chisafin writes: Cats work the best for me!
Posted: 1:55 am on May 19th
IrishGreen writes: I have had outstanding success with "predator urine." I find that coyote urine (there are fox, wolf, bobcat and mountain lion available on line). After having terrorist squirrels ravage my garden one year, I tried it. Very small plastic bottles (like motel shampoo ones) with some fiber and holes in them, strunbg every 10-15 feet (and you cannot smell it but skunks, squirrels, deer, woodchucks and rabbits, etc can) garden has been completely unmolested for three years! Google "predator urine" and you will get the firms; I use one in Maine. Best, chaepest, environmentally friendly and a fabulous conversation item!
Posted: 10:52 am on May 18th
dpsetyu writes: We've had good success coating mouse poison pellets in peanut butter and dropping them in the holes.
Posted: 9:21 am on May 18th
cranapple writes: cranapple That is an hilarious solution, thanks.
Posted: 1:46 pm on May 14th
Len writes: You might not like the answer but the only effective way is to eradicate them. Don't live trap them and release them else where. That will get you in trouble with Fish and Game. They are considered a pest and non-game animal.
You can read about control in California here.

Posted: 7:23 pm on May 3rd
ilovegreen writes: Yes, have one for you, as I was doing the research myself regarding the matter. I read gardeners blog that said that this woman put pieces of Ex-Lax around and in her garden and the squirrels loved and ate the "chocolate" and never ate ANYTHING from her garden again.....hehehe. I'm picking up tomorrow :)
Posted: 10:37 pm on April 27th
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