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Author Topic: Best Squirrel Deterrent  (Read 39356 times)
RatedPG
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« on: June 01, 2009, 06:19:38 PM »

You will see from my numerous posts in this forum that I am a very satisfied EB gardener and costumer.  But my NUMBER ONE frustration is the squirrel attacks on my tomatoes and eggplants.  I always wait for my tomatoes to be "vine-ripened" before harvesting but as soon as some "blush" appear on my tomatoes, the squirrels beat me to them.  I have no choice but to harvest green tomatoes ... goodbye vine-ripened tomatoes.

Now these tree rats have begun munching on the tops (terminal buds) of my plants.  They do it with so much audacity that it takes a lot of clapping, shooing, chasing to make them stop.  And because I prune my indeterminates very aggressively, I lose growth and fruit potential from these attacks.

What in your experience is the best deterrent to squirrels???  I've read of pepper sprays/powder, hair, water sprays with motion sensors, etc.  Please post your suggestions.

My expensive Havahart trap hasn't worked since I got it ... not even once.

Please post soon ... or the title of this topic will be changed to "BEST SQUIRREL KILLER".



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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2009, 06:29:10 PM »

Do you have a dog?  I think not or you probably would not have this problem.  (I do and she's a great deterrent even though she cannot be outside all the time).   (If you don't, tomatoes would not be the right reason to get a dog though  Wink  )

Do you have a bird feeder or other distraction the squirrels can raid?   I have also read (no idea whether this is true), that squirrels are seeking a water source when they raid tomatoes.   Is there a bird bath or water source around?

I have a dog, tons of oaks (thus a million acorns) and although I see them scurrying on the fence, they haven't....well I am not going to jinx myself by saying it...you get the idea.....
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LavendulaFleur
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2009, 08:25:56 PM »

I found this on Gardens Alive.

Deer Off® Repellent

Deer, rabbit and squirrel repellent

Deer Off protects against deer, rabbits, tree squirrels and other animals that browse and feed upon flowers, grass, bulbs, shrubs, plants, seedlings and trees.

Deer Off:

provides dual protection.
has both odor and taste barrier.

Patented Dual Deterrent System™ provides odor and taste barriers to repel deer, rabbits, tree squirrels and other animals from browsing and feeding upon flowers, grass, bulbs, shrubs, plants, seedlings and trees. Weather-resistant formula provides effective control. Concentrate treats up to 200 ornamental shrubs 4 ft. tall or an area of about 2,000 sq. ft. of treated plants.


It's Deer Repellent but says it's good for squirrels and rabbits as well as deer.

I have no idea if it works.

http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=7027&ss=squirrel

Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2009, 10:08:27 PM »

The only trouble I had with squirrels this year was with my peaches and occasional raids of blueberry boxes which are all in the back yard.  They never bothered tomatoes, beans, or any crops in front yard.  Have big live oak trees in front and backyard and plenty of acorns available.  Have dog in back yard for short period of time daily and will chase the squirrels.  I tried pepper spray concoction from Jerry Baker last year when squirrels kept digging in containers uprooting plants in back yard.  It might work if you can get it to come out of a sprayer!  Stupid stuff clogged up hand spray bottle and 1 gallon pump sprayer which still doesn't spray like it should.  Now squirrels at in-laws house (in same town) kept chewing up sprouts and destroyed everything but squash plants, even chewed heads off lilies before they could bloom.  I suspect they were/are looking for moisture since we were in very dry season.
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2009, 09:04:46 AM »

Let me introduce you to Duke and Breaker  Grin



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kathy
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2009, 12:21:43 PM »

That gets my  "that's funny award" for the day!
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2009, 12:42:51 PM »

It sounds like you got thug squirrels! The best deterrent is a 20GA shotgun  Smiley. I live in the city of Columbia so I don't have that option - there's an ordinance against discharging firearms in the city limits. It's my first season with earthboxes so I am not sure yet if they will go after my veggies. So far they haven't. I am surprised that your "have a heart" trap didn't get any. In 2007 I got 9 squirrels and 2 birds ( I released all them about 2 miles away) I used a bait that contained bird seed and dried corn. I will post the name later when I go home. 
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kathy
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2009, 12:52:02 PM »

Yea, everyone around here is using the hav-a harts and they relly work well. What are you using for bait? Peanut butter on a saltine works well also. In Northeast Pa we have a squirrel trapping specialist that you can call (and pay for) that makes house calls to remove squirrels from your attic, etc. He uses Hav-a-Hart traps.
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2009, 02:34:41 PM »

Who knew that Earthbox, apparently, changes the cycle of the entire natural world -- at least in my neck of the woods. I originally thought this was just an effortless way to grow some veggies and entertain visitors who invariably marvel over the concept and results.

It seems these innovative boxes have drawn in every regional critter with an appetite, making my yard the omphalos of a thriving wildlife community. And so, while the output of my Earthboxes are impressive, I’m apparently filling up my Hav-a-hart at double the rate.

Since I much prefer chicken and beef to squirrel, chipmunk, skunk and rabbit, AND, since it is illegal here to catch critters and put them on the express shuttle to the next town over for release [something about disturbing the habitat of other obnoxious nuisance creatures] we are left with two options -- call the local animal pest control official for pick-up and euthanization ($$) or do a Google search on DIY [fill-in-the-blank critter] euthanization.

My method of choice has become the quick and tidy underwater adventure, whereupon the thriving local hawk population seems to quickly devour the overly hydrated little offender.

The only remaining dilemma … if the overweight hawk population starts to develop a taste for celebrity and brandywines, does Hav-a-hart make a trap for fat hawks?   Grin


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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2009, 07:43:20 PM »

The name of the bait I used in the trap......... are you ready?






Squirrel Food (Walmart) LOL
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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2009, 09:00:50 PM »

Oranje, now that is funny! Grin I use the same detterent!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2009, 10:19:54 AM »

A pellet gun!!!  Well, that's not entirely humane, but, let's face it...they're only rats with furry tails!!!  Seriously,  a friend who lives out in the real country uses a pellet gun or bb gun to deter the pesky critters.  After a short while they get the message.  They aren't entirely stupid little animals and if they keep getting shot, they eventually stay away.
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« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2009, 04:10:43 PM »

My Rottweiler usually keeps them away.

If only I could convence him to sleep in the garden instead of his bed in the house.  He's such a wuss!  ;>

Deb
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2009, 09:27:43 PM »

I feel your pain.  I planted 16 corn plants and the next day I had 11.  I got Critter Ridder at Lowes and doused the top of my EB with it and followed it up with some ground Cayenne pepper from my spice rack.  I then planted some more seeds in the empty holes and the invaders have not been back.  All five seeds have sprouted (in less than a week).  This has seemed to work.  I intend to keep up the same vigil for the duration of the corn season.  Do try Critter Ridder but also go to your pantry.  They don't like hot pepper on their feet or in their mouths.  Actually the active ingredient in Critter Ridder is the stuff that makes hot peppers hot ( I know what it is but I can't spell it so I'm not even going to try).

Pat
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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2009, 02:14:46 AM »

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