Squirels and what to do about them?


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I am growing herbs and Peppers and Tomatoes in small pots, and the folks next door feed the Birds and someone in the community feeds them peanuts. It is not hard to find 50 to 60 Squirrels under those bird feeders every morning.
The Squirrels come into my courtyard and tear up my plants, each and every day.

What can I do to stop these critters from tearing up my pots?
 
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It sounds like you are growing squirrels. A pellet gun in the city works great and there are many delicious reciepies but if you are like most people you are a bit shy at the thought of actually killing an animal. I know a lady in Houston in a similar situation. She buys cayanne pepper and hot pepper flakes in bulk. She then mixes the pepper with blood meal and keeps it on the ground around the plants. It works for her

Something else that also works is to affix chicken wire to your containers and plant through the wire. This works every time when a squirrel is digging but not when they are eating the plants.
 
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The only problem with a pellet gun, this city I live has a $2000 dollar fine for each squirrel you Kill. they are digging, they uproot plants, tip container over, just are general pests. I might just deal the Problem, it almost the end of Growing Season in my part of the Universe. But that Chicken wire is a good Idea. I think next year, I will go to the Dollar Store and buy some chicken wire, cut it so I can wrap it around the rim of the Container, after I plant something in it.
I start growing peppers in Late January, I have heated tray, then once the Peppers have 2 true leaves, I remove them and plant My Tomatoes on that same heated tray. My Herbs, I wait until after May 24th, then plant them by seed in the pots. I can imagine they will have very little trouble growing through the chicken wire.
 
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The only problem with a pellet gun, this city I live has a $2000 dollar fine for each squirrel you Kill. they are digging, they uproot plants, tip container over, just are general pests. I might just deal the Problem, it almost the end of Growing Season in my part of the Universe. But that Chicken wire is a good Idea. I think next year, I will go to the Dollar Store and buy some chicken wire, cut it so I can wrap it around the rim of the Container, after I plant something in it.
I start growing peppers in Late January, I have heated tray, then once the Peppers have 2 true leaves, I remove them and plant My Tomatoes on that same heated tray. My Herbs, I wait until after May 24th, then plant them by seed in the pots. I can imagine they will have very little trouble growing through the chicken wire.
Maybe instead of getting rid of the squirrels you should get rid of the politicians.
 
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Being rodents with an articical food source, you lose. About every 2 years I thin the herd with my pellet gun. This is painful because I buy the feed, which pleases my girl, and they are worth quite a bit of money at that point. Since you have crazies telling you what to do, I suggest rat poison, delivered in their favorite food source.
 
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$2k for killing a nuisance rodent which is certainly not going to be in the endangered list anytime soon! That is nuts.

If I were you, iI' do a combo of the chicken wire and some hot pepper powder around your plants to discourage them. If they are tipping the pots you could build cradles for them. Furring strips are cheap and would work well. Probably an easier way, but that's all I got right now.
 
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Well, Overnight last night, the little buggers dug up 4 pots, right by my front door. I had herbs growing in them , maybe 2 inches tall, and they destroyed every plant. So I had some Serrano/Habernaro Dust, I was going to make Chili Powder with it, but 3/4 of the bag I had is now spread around all the plants in the pots, I hope it burns their damn feet to point where they cannot walk anymore.
 
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Well, Overnight last night, the little buggers dug up 4 pots, right by my front door. I had herbs growing in them , maybe 2 inches tall, and they destroyed every plant. So I had some Serrano/Habernaro Dust, I was going to make Chili Powder with it, but 3/4 of the bag I had is now spread around all the plants in the pots, I hope it burns their damn feet to point where they cannot walk anymore.
If it happened at night it isn't squirrels. Squirrels aren't nocturnal. Please describe the scene of the crime. Was there dirt scattered about? Were the pots turned over? Did they eat the seedlings?
 
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For years, my three top big male cats have kept the squirrel population in check, also the rabbits. They are now in heaven. I have a good neighbor who has taken on the task of ridding the area of them. He has take out 46 of them so far this season. they are gone.
 
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So here's an idea that a patient of mine told me about. She has problems with coons in her sweet corn, so she puts a radio on a 'talk station' and puts a bucket over the top of the radio to keep it out of the weather. She also puts the radio on a timer so that it is on at night when the coons come to visit. Animals don't like to go near people taking apparently, because she has not had any issues since she started doing this. I wonder if you could do the same, except during the day and see if that works. Not sure if it works on squirrels......would be a good experiment.
 
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So here's an idea that a patient of mine told me about. She has problems with coons in her sweet corn, so she puts a radio on a 'talk station' and puts a bucket over the top of the radio to keep it out of the weather. She also puts the radio on a timer so that it is on at night when the coons come to visit. Animals don't like to go near people taking apparently, because she has not had any issues since she started doing this. I wonder if you could do the same, except during the day and see if that works. Not sure if it works on squirrels......would be a good experiment.
did hear about that one, that coons don't like human voices.
 
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I’ve dealt with digger squirrels for about 5 years now. I’ve found no way to stop them other than lowering the population or feeding them and even that’s not guaranteed to work. I’ve caught them in traps at all hours of the day and night.
 
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When squirrels got into our travel traile rand made a mess out of it I have a venda for them.
The little red squirrels like rat posin Decon, feed them as much as they want. the fox squirrels are some fine eatting so I make bacon wrapped backed squirrles, Squirrels and gravey and many more recipes.

I also used big rat traps on a pair causeing havac at My inlaws in mid summer. Baited those big victors with slices of apple.

Live trapping stinks since you just transpost them to be some one elses problem. But is you had a deep pond to drop the trap into a different story.

:D Al
 
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While they are enjoyable, my Becky feeds birds and the squirrels eat the sunflower seeds and prosper. I manage the herd usually once a year in the fall. Taking 8-10 out usually gets them down to manageable numbers. The season here is almost unlimited due to the great numbers of gray squirrel. I use a sound suppressed pellet gun.
 
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Pellet rifles are fine.

BUT when the local goverment passed a law making shooting them agenest the law it is useless.

Decon how ever will kill them and let the goverment prove how they died and who did the deed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:D. Al
 
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When I first moved to this place it was unimproved land and there were a few squirrels, not many. But, for some reason the longer I have lived here the more squirrels there are. I started dosing them with HVLP about 10 years ago. They were beginning to become a scourge. When they ate my peaches and tomatoes I had had enough. I would estimate I have shot in the past 10 or so years close to 250 of them, maybe more. I still see them though. I don't think complete elimination is possible, but, at least they now have learned to stay away from my stuff. My problem now is coons. I have shot a bunch of them too, but it seems they will come from a good distance. I guess they talk to each other and tell each other where the eats are. My coon dog died of old age and I'm too old to get another pup. I have purchased 4 of those dog proof traps and will be setting them out shortly. I am determined to have peaches this year, coons or no coons.
 
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