How do you keep squirrels out of a garden and flowerbeds?

We have 15 to 20 of them running around and they eat everything.
q how do you keep squirrels out of a garden and flowerbeds
q how do you keep squirrels out of a garden and flowerbeds
  15 answers
  • Tauni Tauni on May 22, 2017
    Howdy! You can try putting bamboo skewers through out your pots sticking up so the pointy end is up ... I buy them at the dollar store 100 for a buck. Also you can try red pepper flakes. Good Luck! :)

  • Judy Judy on May 22, 2017
    Lynnea, I love your pic of a squirrel, it is cute!! your ANSWER - is simple!! Plant Mary Golds, and this darling animals HATES THEM, for they STINK, and makes more blooms. If you have a flower bed, then have several planters with more Mary Golds in it. This works wonders, believe me, for I have used it several yrs now, since I have discovered this. With this plant, you can SAVE the blossoms after blooming, and use these seeds, for next yr. Over and over again. This is great, all because of the SMELL and the BLOOMS. This is GREAT and GEM to share with others. Enjoy, J.

  • Susan E Susan E on May 22, 2017
    My first thought is always a big dog. But my sister (who lives near Yosemite, the squirrel capital of California) says her cats seem to keep them away...They eat everything at my house, too, especially my sweet potato vine. I am going to try marigolds this year.

  • Carroll Carroll on May 22, 2017
    Chicken manure

    • KathyJb KathyJb on May 22, 2017
      I have chickens and the squirrels go inside the run and coop to eat their corn. I trap the squirrels and take them 3 miles away

  • Alex Watson Alex Watson on May 22, 2017
    If you mix a spray bottle with water and chili powder and spray it on the things you don't want eaten, they will leave it alone. You can even put red pepper flakes in your birdseed. Squirrels don't like the heat and birds cannot taste it. It isn't toxic, just be sure to wash fruits and veggies you bring in for your own consumption.

  • Cissy Cissy on May 22, 2017
    A friend of mine used a small bottle of tabasco sauce to a gallon of water and sprayed. They left her plants alone. She also used the stakes idea.

  • Bob Onitt Bob Onitt on May 22, 2017
    beebee gun if you can take a picture..... just change your tool ...get a pump then you can decide to sting and zing or to whack and stack i know it sounds atavistic ,but property damage by rodents is no joke not counting the disease potential ,just rats with better tailors

  • Terry G Terry G on May 22, 2017
    Squirrels were digging in my potted plants and ruining them. I sprinkled cayenne pepper in the pots and it worked!

  • KatAych KatAych on May 22, 2017
    We offer our squirrels their own little treat stand. We mounted a piece of wood to the top of our fence and every day we put sunflower seeds or similar out for them. They come down the tree, go straight to the treats, and leave all of our plants alone.

  • Jerene Mason Jerene Mason on May 22, 2017
    I know how this will sound but the only way I can get them to stay away from my feeders and garden is to have a squirrel feeder or two as far away as I can put them, I stock it with dried corn, they love it and leave all the other edibles alone!!!

  • I feed mine, birdseed, corn, peanuts.

  • Sharon Sharon on May 23, 2017
    I used habenaro pepper flakes. My husband grows them and dries them up. The "cute" squirrel dug up my tulip bulbs almost as fast as I planted them. I sprinkled it all around where I planted and have never lost another plant. I almost felt sorry for the little thing because as he dug up the bulb and put his little hands in his mouth he got a good taste of the hotness. I did toss him a piece of bread to counteract the hot. You can also use dried chilli peppers but it has to be put on more often and if it rains. With habenaro or scotch bonnet flakes, once is all it takes. Good luck. Sharon

  • Pamelawms15 Pamelawms15 on May 23, 2017
    I put out a few squirrel feeders with a variety of foods for them. When its easy pickings, they are less likely to bother my garden!

  • Alice Gray Alice Gray on Jun 20, 2018
    Hire a sniper, and then ask them to take all these squirrels down.  >> Just for fun! I think you may make more traps. and then move all squirrels to forest far from your house. You may see these clip for help:

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 17, 2021

    Hi there, this article has some really good ideas that should help! Good luck