You can also lay chicken wire over the soil that you weight down with rocks. Some squirrels learn to outsmart this trick, though. One of the methods I frequently recommend for deterring squirrels from bird feeders, gardens and fruit trees is to feed them elsewhere in the yard. Put a layer of river rock on top of the pot soil. They can jump 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3.0 m) horizontally. To prevent squirrels from eating your hibiscus plants, create a galvanized poultry wire cage over the plants, use blood meal for newly planted bulbs, and create an easier food source for them. It curves down from the feeder, making it difficult for the squirrel to climb up a pole. In addition to munching on a tree's nuts and bark, squirrels also carry diseases, including the bubonic plague, notes the Evergreen Animal Protection League. Loop the wire into a metal spring on one side and twist it around itself to keep it in place on the spring. Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. Squirrels cannot climb up this slippery material. Cayenne pepper can be painful on thenose, and that’s not just squirrels. Also, sprinkle some cayenne pepper on your plants so they taste bad if squirrels try to eat them. Wrap the metal around the trunk (starting 4+ feet off the ground) and fasten the metal to itself, not to the tree. Squirrels eat several plants, but hibiscus plants have tender stems and plenty of green material that squirrels … You can also use this recipe to keep squirrels and other pests from devouring your garden. While it seems like a kind gesture to help an animal out, you might actually not be doing it any good- they may become sick, weakened, or fatigued as a result of the human food you give them. Support wikiHow by Once on your roof, they'll often look for ways to get in, and soon enough, you'll have an infestation. If there is a lot of competition for food, squirrels will strip tree bark to eat the inner tree bark. Squirrels sometimes get into pots to take a "dust bath", which is their cure for itchy skin. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. You can also use safflower seeds for the birds instead of regular bird feed, as squirrels don't like these seeds. That means to spoil their taste, and change their smell. Just mix the sauce with some water in a spray bottle and cover the wires. Most methods work in some way but which are the most effective and which method will keep squirrels from eating your bird food? I'll report back when I have tried this tip on my fruit and hazelnut trees. You can follow the instructions that are listed in the article above. You can use homemade sprays with garlic or strong citrus oils, or sprinkle hot cayenne pepper on the leaves as well as the surrounding soil. If a squirrel can use a branch to get over to your home, they'll do it. Spray the tree with a squirrel repellent that contains cayenne pepper. Some succeed, some fail and a lot of money is spent on purpose made squirrel busting products. Stopping the squirrels from eating the fruit on your trees will help ensure a good harvest. If squirrels are a problem in your backyard trees, you'll need to use a combination of removal methods to completely eradicate them. I have an apple tree in my yard that is being decimated by deer at the bottom and squirrels at the top. Common squirrel deterrents for fruit trees include Ro-Pel, capsaicin or hot pepper oil and sticky topical applications for trunks and limbs. Leave the sock in a bowl of ammonia until the sock has become completely saturated. A relatively easy way to keep squirrels out of your potted plants is to make them as unappealing as possible. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/f\/f2\/Keep-Squirrels-Away-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/v4-460px-Keep-Squirrels-Away-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/f\/f2\/Keep-Squirrels-Away-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/aid3729365-v4-728px-Keep-Squirrels-Away-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":"728","bigHeight":"546","licensing":"

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Squirrels (and other wild animals) will eat basically anything that comes their way because they’re so used to having to scavenge for food. Use moth balls. While birds can … Don’t Feed Them. Use a garden hose and fertilizer attachment to mix and disperse the mixture; Use predator urine (coyote) available from commercial vendors around and on your trees To keep squirrels away, try planting marigolds, nasturtiums, mint, or mustard in your yard, which squirrels don't like the smell of. The fastest way to get rid of squirrels is to stop providing for their needs. Put a dab of peanut butter inside the cage - that will attract plenty of squirrels. To learn how to keep squirrels out of your house, scroll down! Spray capsaicin, a natural extract of hot peppers, on … Or, you can put down a layer of mulch around your plants, which squirrels don't like stepping on. Cover the plant with the netting and weigh it down with rocks around the edges. You can wrap pieces of flashing at least 2 feet wide around the trunks of the trees with the top at least 5 feet above the ground. There are 26 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. Twist the wire back on itself to hold it in place on the spring. By using our site, you agree to our. The Evergreen Animal Protective League advises against trapping squirrels because new animals will simply move in and begin breeding, ultimately increasing the number of squirrels. Squirrels aren’t easily deterred like that and will continue to harvest their little glass nuts anyway. Make your yard as uninviting as you can and protect the plants you want to hide form squirrels. Mint is also an odor squirrels don't like. Squirrels can be really adorable, except when they are decimating your fruit trees. Plus, they may eat plants you're trying to grow for yourself. A common reason squirrels will jump onto your house in the first place is to escape from predators. This article was co-authored by Joshua Bloom. Here are five things you can try. Place several moth balls in nylon stockings and hang about a foot down off the branches throughout the tree. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. Fasten the band in the back by attaching the wire on one end to springs on the other end. "Using tree collars. The only drawback is that it needs to be repeated whenever it rains or sprinklers are used. Joshua is licensed by the NYSDEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) for termite control. However, part of the cap is made from a wire cage, so the smoke will still be able to get out. Copper and Glass. Well, we called the customer back, explained our theory, and he instantly knew that that was the problem. Standard Pest Control also specializes in ant, bed bug, cockroach, fly, and rodent control. 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