Squirrel problems

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Registered: 09-10-2008
Squirrel problems
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Wed, 09-02-2009 - 9:41am

I have a raised (18") bed with heirlooms. The squirrels are doing their usual thing - taking a bite then leaving. I grew one grape tomato plant, hoping they we eat these. Nope - they love the big ones. DH has mounted an ultrasonic device, but it is having only moderate success. What have the rest of you tried? I can't put anything along the edge of the bed, because it is wide enough for me to sit on and work.

Jacquie, in mid-IL

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Wed, 09-02-2009 - 12:35pm

I have used some of the organic repellents (ie shake away etc) with success in keeping away the rabbits and the deer.

YOu can also mix up cayenne pepper, rosemary amd some garlic in water in a spray bottle and spray it on the plants - supposedly they will not like the taste. I know that cayenne pepper, rosemary and garlic are listed on the ingredient list of many of the organic repellents. This year I planted all three in various ares around the garden and I had less of a problem. I also crushed up rosemary leaves, some pepper and garlic with water and boiled. After it cooled I sprayed it on and have not had any further prob;ems. It will probably need to be reapplied after rain.

HTH!



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Registered: 07-10-2003
Sat, 09-05-2009 - 1:57pm

I got some bobcat urine at

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Registered: 09-10-2008
Mon, 09-14-2009 - 1:48pm

DH researched and found the fox urine to be very effective. Unfortunately, he has taken this squirrel problem personally and is designing all kinds of protective shields (complete with hinged doors) to put over the bed. He forgets that one of the best feature of the raised bed is that it is 18" high and 6" wide at the edge, which makes it easy for me to sit and tend to weeding, picking, etc.

I'm also afraid of spraying anything on the fruit because I tend to graze. Discovered how good young green beans are for munching right off the vine.

Jacquie

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Registered: 07-10-2003
Mon, 09-14-2009 - 7:34pm

That is the very reason I have not tried that spray with Cayenne pepper.