How do I keep squirrels from chewing on my hibiscus tree?

I have noticed bare branches and leaves around my tropical hibiscus tree. I thought it was just adjustment to be moving outside, but this morning, I found the culprit - a squirrel! How can I discourage this squirrel without damaging the plant or hurting the squirrel? - thanks

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  • Amanda Amanda on Jun 26, 2019

    Hi Jeanette. I would make a spray with water and cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes and spray it on the plant. I do this to my pots to keep them out. Good Luck!

    • Jeanette Jeanette on Jun 26, 2019

      Thank you! I will definitely try this spray, can you tell me the proportion of water to flakes that you use? Do you spray the leaves and/or the soil? - thanks

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 02, 2019

    I use cayenne pepper powder liberally sprinkled around the plants. Follow that with grated Irish spring bar soap. If that doesn't work, add in the spray on the plants. I have six hibiscus plants in pots that I put out every spring and have never had them eat on the plants, dig in the soil, yes. If the strong scents and taste don't work, try putting a mouse trap baited with peanut butter in the pot. They are too big to get trapped in a mouse trap, but the snap scares them away, sometimes for good. I hope this works for you Jeanette!

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 06, 2019

      I never have caught a squirrel or even a chipmunk in the traps, but it does scare them away from chewing on plants when it snaps.