How to get rid of squirrels in my planters?

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I have several planters both in front and back of my house. I'm fighting a losing battle with these rodents. Cayenne pepper on the soil helps but if I don't cover every single square inch of the soil the squirrels will use that inch to dig in. And then it rains and the pepper seems to lose it's potency. Any suggestions and will this pepper all summer hurt my plants? Mostly annuals. Thanks
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  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Jun 04, 2017
    Put dollar tree forks tines up in the dirt, and cover them with chicken wire. They can't dig into what they can't get into. I hope that helps.

  • Marcie Marcie on Jun 04, 2017
    Those little persistent creatures, ugh! Try a spray with the cayenne pepper and anything hot - to spray on the leaves. Blend with water, strain in cheesecloth and spray. Might get better coverage. Also, try some plastic forks in the dirt. It will poke their little paws.

  • Sjc22939328 Sjc22939328 on Jun 05, 2017
    They may be searching for water - regular feedings, daily fresh water bowls for them have eliminated most of the digging in my yard ... and I have more birds and because I put rocks that peek out of the water in the bowls so bees don't drown everyone is happy ...

  • Steven Steven on Jun 05, 2017
    Put a large bucket or barrel that holds about 20 gallons and fill it 3/4 the way up. Your squirrel problem will go away.

  • Laura Albanelli Laura Albanelli on Jun 05, 2017
    Try making a squirrel feeder get old bread,nuts ,bird food they are hungry. I have one next to the bird feeder and it keeps them out. Use things around the house. I always check the clearence rack for day old bread on sale.
    Also if you plant bulbs in your planters thats what they want. Try other plants next time.

  • Beth Gold Roccia Beth Gold Roccia on Jun 05, 2017
    Mothballs in a stocking. Worked when the squirrels ate up the hose on the bar b q..