Squirrels Grrr!

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Is there anything I can spray on my pots to keep the squirrels from digging in them, tossing my plants and placing peanuts in the pots?
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  • Marianne Cerrito Marianne Cerrito on Nov 11, 2015
    Put one or two mothballs in the pot

  • Judy Judy on Nov 11, 2015
    My mother-in-law, who is a miraculous gardener from England, put mothballs or moth crystals around the plants in the containers.

  • Gary Stenzel Gary Stenzel on Nov 11, 2015
    Squirrels hate cayenne pepper. I use it in my bird feeder. Works great!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 11, 2015
    spread around anything that has a nasty odor. Blood Meal,hot pepper flakes,garlic,etc.

  • Trish Trish on Nov 11, 2015
    mothballs!

  • Sharon Seiber Sharon Seiber on Nov 11, 2015
    I'm wondering if the cat/dog repellent would work? You would just have to spay the pot with it.

  • Ahmeans Ahmeans on Nov 11, 2015
    There is a product called "Repels all" that is safe but a major repelant. It has blood and garlic and peppers and other stinky things in it. Try a garden store. If I'm remembering correctly it comes as pellets - we used it a lot at our last house.

  • Nora Dolan Nora Dolan on Nov 11, 2015
    Cayenne pepper, cats and dogs, lol! For deer, I use shavings of Irish Spring soap (manly, yes, and they hate it, too!). Don't know if it'll work for squirrels, but worth a try? Good luck!

  • Sue Sanders Sue Sanders on Nov 11, 2015
    I buy a cheap brand of black pepper and lightly sprinkle the soil around my potted plants. It deters cats and squirrels. Just remember to sprinkle again after a rain. I'm reminded I forgot to resprinkle after a rain when I see the dirt and mulch on my porch. I also use pepper aroung other plants planted in flower beds for dogs, cats and squirrels. Noticed a lady walking her dog was letting him come to my plants to do his stuff and I stepped out on porch and she pulled him away so use pepper on plants near street.too. By the way, the idea of putting peanuts in your pots was pretty funny.

  • 60c1476481 60c1476481 on Nov 11, 2015
    I used chicken wire, molded in flower pot, squirrels have left pots alone. I tried all kinds of things, even bought sprays.

  • Dave Page Dave Page on Nov 11, 2015
    Try coffee grounds or human hair

  • Darlene Whalen Darlene Whalen on Nov 11, 2015
    I always use irish spring soap works GREAt, I chop up the bar into small pieces and spread it around on top the soil. Even with rain it will last for 1 to 2 weeks then I throw them out and put fresh pieces. I have been doing this for about 2 yrs and it hasnt failed me yet. lol and no it doesnt make bubbles when it rains.

  • Marian Hares Marian Hares on Nov 11, 2015
    Hi try dry musterd. just dig it in under the top soil ok works for me^

  • Mary Mary on Nov 12, 2015
    I have always used cayenne pepper (get a big one from the Dollar Store). Sprinkle it right on the dirt/plants. Works every time!

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    • Gary Stenzel Gary Stenzel on Nov 13, 2015
      @Darlene Whalen It also teaches your pets to stay out of your pots and flowers. It's a minor irritation that goes away. It doesnt hurt them at all. If in doubt, ask your vet.

  • UpState UpState on Nov 12, 2015
    It's not for everyone, but human urine works almost 100%.

  • Fuchsiafairy Fuchsiafairy on Nov 13, 2015
    I am going to try using some of the suggestion mentioned. These squirrels are a nuisance!!!

  • Darlene Whalen Darlene Whalen on Nov 13, 2015
    I have asked my vet, and yes it is a minor irritant but an irritant that I prefer my dogs not have to endure and its not only the pets going in the pots but the wind that blows it around, just my opinion but I found a safer alternative with the irish spring so thats what I use. it

  • Cynthia Cynthia on Mar 28, 2016
    Get a couple of suet holders, in the bird seed aisle are blocks of squirrel free "hot pepper" suet, will not kill them but will drive them away when they take a bite. Wear gloves or wash hands thoroughly after handling. These suets are reasonable, been using for yrs. I find mine in Home Depot. No more squirrels.

  • Lynn Lynn on Mar 28, 2016
    Have you tried Moth Balls and Pepper?

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Sep 17, 2021

    Hi there, here's a great article that has some really great ideas that should help! http://www.henrystreet.co.uk/keep-squirrels-flower-pots/