How to get rid of desert squirrels?

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 06, 2021

    They are drawn by food, that has to be eliminated, once you have done that, be aware you may have neighbors who think they are adorable and feed them.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 06, 2021

    Clear the area area of any brush piles and destroy any burrows. I would recommend traps and relocate them.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 06, 2021

    Apple Cider Vinegar

    This is the most popular choice amongst gardeners for repelling squirrels. It smells stronger than other types of vinegar and can be easily applied as it does not cause any damage when it is sprayed directly onto plants.

    Squirrels do not like the smell of vinegar, and because it is easy to obtain and cheap, it has become a favourite home remedy amongst many gardeners for deterring squirrels.

    They do not like the smell because they have more sensitive noses than us, and the pungent acidity of the vinegar is very off-putting.

  • Maura White Maura White on Jul 06, 2021

    You could try something like this:

  • You can try using cayenne pepper and sprinkle is around where you want these squirrels to avoid.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 06, 2021

    Hi Inga: If you live in Arizona, please know that "the legal status in Arizona All of Arizona's ground squirrel and chipmunk species are classified as non-game animals by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and are protected under ARS Title 17-309. However, may be controlled by any legal means if they are causing damage as per ARS Title 17-239.

    If live trapped ground squirrels or chipmunks are to be relocated, the Arizona Game and Fish Department must be contacted for an appropriate release site before the animal is transported."

    Poison is never a good option as other animals, like cats and dogs, may eat the dead animal and the poison from the dead squirrel will be ingested by the cat or dog and kill them, too, so NO POISON! :)

    Once you are sure that there are no babies in the squirrel holep Place a hose in a hole, and flood the gopher or ground squirrel's home. After the wet vermin skitter over your fence and evacuate into other, drier, areas, fill the holes with mothballs, castor oil or pepper spray, or some other type of deterrent to keep them from coming back. To discourage population buildups, remove brush piles and debris, and destroy old burrows at least 20 inches down.

    Here's a site that may help:

    Good luck

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 06, 2021

    Hello For the best local professional advice you might wish to consider local advice by contacting your cooperative extension. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well. Landscaping pests fall under their umbrella.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jul 07, 2021

    Sprinkle cayenne pepper, pepper flakes and garlic around your yard and garden, being sure to saturate the areas that squirrels frequent the most. If you have fruit or nut trees, make sure to clean your yard often.