Squirrels are cute and amusing when they aren’t causing trouble.
But unfortunately, squirrels are a known pest, responsible for destroying vegetation and damaging property.
If you’re a gardener, you’ll want to know how to protect your garden from squirrels. Fortunately, you can employ many DIY methods before seeking expert help.
Here are our top five suggestions:
1) Have Plants To Deter Squirrels
There are flowers you can plant that squirrels hate. Daffodils are a great deterrent as they have a toxin making them inedible. Consider planting allium, snowdrops, or hyacinth, as squirrels can’t stand these.
2) Purchase a Motion-Activated Sprinkler
Squirrels are easily scared and depend purely on their jaws and fangs to protect themselves. As a result, they prefer to run away when confronted. Therefore, a motion-activated sprinkler is enough to deter them without causing them harm.
Some motion sensors can differentiate between animal and wind-driven movement to help save water.
3) Clean You Garden Regularly
Keeping your garden clean is paramount to preventing squirrels and other pests from taking up residence. Always ensure you remove fallen nuts and fruits, which are squirrels’ favourite foods.
4) Buy A Dog or Cat
Whether you’re a cat or dog lover, these pets can be an excellent deterrent for squirrels. Cats and dogs will get a thrill from chasing squirrels away whilst sending squirrels the message that your garden is one to avoid.
Placing plastic owls on fence posts or your roof may help scare off squirrels if you’re not keen on owning a cat or dog.
5) Use Fox Urine
It may not sound pleasant, but this method could work wonders. Foxes naturally hunt squirrels, and so squirrels will always keep away from fox territories. You can purchase this online or at a zoo. Then, use a spray bottle and spray around your garden.
Now you can see plenty of options for you to ward off squirrels. However, most of these methods only work for days at a time and need to be consistently applied.
To completely rid squirrels from your garden, call a professional pest controller who can ensure they don’t return for many years.