How To Get Rid Of Squirrels In The Garden

How To Get Rid Of Squirrels In The Garden


Generally speaking, it is incredibly difficult to remove squirrels from the garden. Whilst they are considered to be a pest, they are also wild animals and so notoriously difficult to get rid of. Here is some advice on deterring squirrels from setting up home in your garden.

Squirrels and Cats can be pests on a bird table. Cats keep the birds away and squirrels eat the food.

Like most wild animals if there is a source of food they are likely to remain. So the simple answer would be to remove all nuts, fruit, vegetables, fungi, insects. However, this isn’t really practical in a domestic garden! Therefore limit the amount of easy food that is available. Leave bird food out in squirrel-proof feeders.

Although unsightly, 1.5″ (4 cm) wire mesh around the table can stop squirrels and cats, but it will also keep away larger birds such as thrushes, woodpeckers and jays. An alternative is an inverted biscuit tin fixed at the top of the post supporting the table. This can stop cats and squirrels from climbing up to the table.

Protect Trees & Shrub Bark With Spiral Tree Protectors

This will stop squirrels from flaying the bark from the tree for use in dray building.

Plant Bulbs That Squirrels Can’t Stomach

Squirrels don’t like the taste of daffodils, hyacinth, allium and snowdrops

Cover particularly susceptible fruit and vegetable plants with a wire mesh cage.

Sprinkle Chilli Flakes Around Plants

Squirrels can’t stand the hot, spicy flavours of chilli and so a liberal scattering of these could help deter them from the garden. Alternatively put plenty of pots filled with mint around the garden; squirrels find peppermint too strong for their sensitive noses.

Mulch Around Plants & Pots

Use a heavyweight mulch around plants and on the top of pots to prevent squirrels from attacking the roots.

Install Motion Activated Sprinklers

Sprinklers activated by movement could help to deter squirrels from the garden, as well as other unwanted domestic visitors like next doors cat.


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