Some "home remedies" I was told about this week...

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Some "home remedies" I was told about this week...
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Fri, 07-26-2013 - 11:38am

If squirrels are eating your bulbs (and they will...), a possible deterrent it to dry some peppers (bell or hot, it doesn't matter), cut them up and plant a piece with each bulb. Apparenlty squirerels don't like peppers!

And if you have groundhogs (we do, in NUMBERS, and you aren't keen on using poison (although the solution has the same end reslult --- so if you don't want to kill the nasty beasts, don't read any further...)

Roll up a stick of Juicy Fruit gum longways and throw it down the entry to their burrow. Apparently a lfatal attraction...

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Registered: 02-14-2014

Maybe it was a possum or skunk but the squirrels had a excellent old time intensive the peach masks and be aware that fact : blueberries a few several weeks ago, so I'm accusing them!

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Registered: 02-27-1999

when you compare the size of a longwise roll of Juicy Fruit to a 3-4 lb groundhog, considering that gum is for chewing, NOT swallowing, it sounds like a pretty grewsome death but I have always heard gardeners swear by it.  My dogs have always taken care of the burrowing beasts, but once when I only had a cat, I used moth balls in the tunnels to make the moles/voles/groundhogs move away.  Then the neighbors had to figure out what to do with them.  **evil grin**

I've heard too that you can spray your veggie plants with homemade pepper spray, just remember to wash them well before you eat your harvest.  Here's the plan:

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Animal-Pests-With-Hot-Pepper-Spray

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Registered: 06-16-1998

This morning I went out to the garden to check on some tomatoes and bell peppers that were almost ripe the other day, and guess what I found? Something---and I suspect a squirrel---had taken some bites out of the bottoms of the ripest veggies. Maybe it was a possum or skunk but the squirrels had a good old time eating the peaches and blueberries a couple of months ago, so I'm blaming them!

So now I'm thinking that cut up peppers may not deter the squirrels in MY yard! 

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Registered: 01-03-2001

Yes --- gorundhogs and woodchucks are the same. And I have the same reservations about poison getting into the food chain. Apparently they like the sweetness of the gum but apparently it kills them somehow. Not sure of the mechanism... apparenrly it interferes with digestion and they starve to death. Sounds pretty cruel to me but when it comes to preserving our hillside and leaving the groundhog to his-her activities...

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Registered: 06-16-1998

Thanks for the tip about the peppers. I have a problem with squirrels so I will probably be trying that at some point this summer. 

Groundhogs + gum? Did the source say how or why the gum kills them? Does it only affect groundhogs? We don't have groundhogs (aren't they the same thing as woodchucks?) so I don't need to try it. I wouldn't want to use poison because it gets in the food chain (as in the groundhog dies from the poison and then other animals or birds may eat the carcass and ingest the poison and also die, etc).