BUT FIRST, HOW WOULD YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE SQUIRRELS IN YOUR GARDEN?•Observation
Ground squirrel pest control can be relatively easy, mainly because they are diurnal, unlike other garden pests. That is to say, they are awake and feed during the day and sleep during the night. So, it should not be hard for you to spot an active squirrel in your garden during the day if there are squirrels present at all.• Squirrel droppings
Their droppings are oblong pellets, and they are brown to reddish-brown in color. They are mostly found near the feeding spots.• Signs of chewing
Squirrels are rodents, which means that their incisors are continually growing. They constantly chew on things to keep them in check. However, the bad news for homeowners is that in most cases, squirrels decide that they can chew on almost anything, including various garden structures. Squirrels can also chew right through a garbage bin and completely chew the bark of a tree.• Digging
Squirrels instinctively store nuts for the winter. A squirrel is able to bury up to 100 nuts a day. Therefore, if you find squirrels digging in your yard, they are either burying food or digging up the food they had stored previously. Now comes the main part…..
HOW CAN YOU KEEP SQUIRRELS OUT OF YOUR GARDEN?• Remove bird feeders
Try to avoid them if you see that squirrels can easily access them or the birds are dropping the seeds on the ground. If it’s a must for you to feed birds, then you might consider investing in a squirrel-proof feeder. Also, you can use safflower seeds as squirrels don’t like them or even mix cayenne pepper. Don’t worry. They don’t bother the birds.• Remove plant matter that attracts squirrels
As we all know, squirrels mostly feed on nuts and seeds. The more you keep your garden free of them, the less attractive it will be to the squirrels. If you have nut trees, make sure to keep your yard free of fallen nuts. Also, cutting back plants that are going to seed would be a wise idea. Moreover, cover seed heads with paper bags if you have plans of saving them. If there are berries, you should stay on top of picking the moment they become ripe or at least cover them up with netting.• Wire mesh
It’s natural to expect a squirrel to return to the same spot where they have been chewing. And the best way to prevent further damage is by covering the affected area with a wire mesh. Wire mesh is also one of the best squirrel pest control methods for protecting the plants you value most. However, as squirrels can dig, you might want to bury your mesh at least a few inches to cage a bed that does not have a frame.• Aluminum flashing
This form of ground squirrel pest control can be effective when it comes to protecting trees from chewing damage made by squirrels. You can find them in many shapes and sizes, and colors as well. Large flexible sheets work best if your plan is to protect trees.• Netting and fencing
It is not one of the most effective squirrel pest control methods, especially when compared to other garden pests. This is because squirrels are skilled climbers, and it’s easy for them to scale a fence.
But, there are some gardeners who can make a fence from fine mesh. It is so flimsy in nature that it gives the squirrels a hard time climbing. You can also cover the top of your fenced area with netting and then secure the edge of the fence to prevent them from squeezing through.• Mulch
If you want to insulate the soil from any moisture loss and prevent digging by squirrels, then applying a thick layer of leaf mulch might be a good idea. Also, adding a layer of wire mesh underneath will keep the squirrels from digging deep.• Homemade repellent spray
You can prepare a repellent spray at your home using a mixture of cayenne powder, fresh hot peppers, or chilli flakes in water. What’s more, you can also add some onion or garlic to make the deterrent spray more potent.• Movement and noise as squirrel deterrents
The simple movement of a garden pinwheel decoration or pie plates in the wind can deter squirrels from digging in gardens. And although noise deterrents are not as effective, a motion-activated sprinkler can startle many of them. But, squirrels can become accustomed to all noises and movements over time, so use them in rotation.• Pets
Having your pets on patrol is probably one of the most reliable ways of ground squirrel pest control. Pets like dogs and cats can chase away squirrels, and even if they don’t, a squirrel will instinctively keep its distance from your garden.• Plant squirrel resistant plants
There are many plants in your flowerbed that a squirrel is likely to munch on. You can plant crocus, marigold, allium, lily, daffodil, hyacinth, geraniums, or columbine if you find that squirrels are feeding on your flowers.
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