How do I keep the squirrels from digging in my potted plants?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 10, 2017
    Sprinkle cayenne pepper,blood meal,and place bamboo skewers inside the soil leaving enough to stick out.

  • LJ Peterson LJ Peterson on Mar 10, 2017
    I use ammonia soaked cotton balls in a tea strainer or pill bottles that I've poked a few holes in. One whiff and they will find somewhere else to go and never come back.

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    • LJ Peterson LJ Peterson on Mar 11, 2017
      I had a groundhog tearing up the underside of my house and tried it all too. My 99 year old grandma told me to do this after she finished laughing about me spending $30 on a bottle of fox urine which an expert highly recommended but didn't work at all. Groundhog moved out the same day I did this ammonia trick and I never saw it again.

  • R Walter R Walter on Mar 10, 2017
    You can also break up some clay pots or use broken shards and they won't dig. I got mine from the 99 cent store and just placed them on top of the potting soil and it actually works. You could cover them with a thin layer of soil so they are not noticeable if you don't like to see the shards exposed.

  • Eloise Eloise on Mar 13, 2017
    I've had some success using these, but they have to be replaced routinely. You'll know when they've lost their effectiveness. I don't bother with the popsicle sticks. These, coupled with some of the ideas above, should make a huge difference.

  • Shaley Shaley on Mar 13, 2017
    critter ritter works, but for me I prefer a pellet gun. they ate our patio furniture, the evap-value on top of my husbands gas tank, and the side of our gable, the brake box in my suv and our bike trailer brake box, our seed spreader and our cables in our city which causes many cable issues not to mention the landline cables.

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    • Shaley Shaley on Mar 14, 2017
      one of those sonic noise things might work for you and not bother your neighbors.

  • Barbara Barbara on Mar 14, 2017
    Get a young playful cat.

  • Rswdm8 Rswdm8 on Mar 14, 2017
    I use bamboo skewers (pointed ends up) on my potted plants. This works well, for me.

  • Sandy Foster Sandy Foster on Mar 14, 2017
    I'm trying that this weekend. Thank you.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 17, 2021

    Hi Sandy, this article has some really great ideas that should help!