How do I keep squirrels from destroying my garden?


They will dig up the roots of my houseplants and leave them exposed. When they get into my container gardens, they will take a bite out of my tomatoes or maybe digs underneath my plants. Any helpful suggestions?

  4 answers
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 16, 2019

    I use cayenne pepper powder sprinkled freely, then use Irish Spring bar soap grated all over the soil, too. It works well for me, I have rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks.

    • Neecee Neecee on May 17, 2019

      I have used the cayenne pepper too, but not with the soap.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 16, 2019

    Hey Neecee,

    Put broken ceramic pieces, flat stones, sea shells, andything they cannot dig up on the soil, plus this will help with the evaporation.

    The bite and run is common in squirrels behavior no matter what you do, unless you have some way to put your plants out of their sight.

  • Cindy Cindy on May 17, 2019

    Hi Neecee. We live very near the DuPage River and woods. We see a lot of wildlife on our property. I have tried so many things to keep animals out of my vegetable garden, nothing worked for me until I tried shredded Irish Spring bars of soap. Before I plant my garden, I purchase the big pack (12 bars) of the soap. I shred all of the bars at one time. I store it in a five-gallon bucket with lid, in my shed. Once I put my plants in the ground, I spread out the shredded soap. I still see a few bites taken out of my tomatoes, but nothing compared to past years. Neecee, I recommend this soap method.

  • Neecee Neecee on May 17, 2019

    Hi Cindy. Thanks for your suggestion. Would the soap adversely impact the quality of the soil or the food/herbs that is being grown in the ground? If so, that would defeat my purpose. What do you think? Neecee

    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 17, 2019

      I have used it in my veggie garden for about four years now and haven't seen a difference at all, nor when used in my other garden beds. Once thing I forgot to mention when I suggested the cayenne and the Irish spring was something I tried out last year and it worked well for me. I started seeing lower hung tomatoes disappearing and found them across the garden mostly eaten. I always have two to three types of small tomatoes, like Sweet 100's, they split really easily and rather than pick and eat the split ones, I would put them down between a couple of plants and leave them. By the next day they would mostly be gone. In doing this, I started seeing that the lower tomatoes were not disappearing like before. Perhaps if you put veggie scraps in the garden by where the veggies are disappearing would help, too. I hope this helps! The soap will be safe, I noticed no difference in the taste of my veggies using the cayenne and the soap. It takes a lot of rain and watering for the soap to disappear.