Dang squirrels! How to keep them away?

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  1. kuntrygal

    kuntrygal Texas Rose

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    It is so hard to try and keep the squirrels out of the bird feeders. I bought two that I thought were a sure thing! Ha! The squirrels are eating off the ground if they can't get to the feeder. Now when they run out of left overs on the ground, the dang things start eating the blooms on my Hibiscus. :-x They want the full meal deal as they are going after greenery and all! Help! I'm sure someone has had experience with this problem. So what can be done .......if anything?
     



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    kaseylib Young Pine

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    I bought the squirrel baffles that you put on the post below the feeder. It does work, as long it's at least 4 feet from the ground (they can jump over the top of it otherwise, I know!) and there are no trees or structures nearby that they can hop from. We have many red squirrels around us, and they're even more acrobatic than the gray squirrels. Always a challenge with those rodents! I don't know how to keep them from eating off the ground...maybe place your feeder in an area with no plants underneath it???
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I don't even try to keep them away from all the bird feeders. I have one resident squirrel in the yard and she has a visitor once in a while. I don't know what they would do if they couldn't reach the feeders. It seems like once you put feeders out the squirrels are going to be there no matter what you do. I do have the 'bushtailed buffet' that keeps them somewhat away from the feeders.
    Bushy-tail-buffet

    About the only way to keep them from your plants is to build a 'tent' out of chicken wire for each plant but that isn't feasible or pretty.

    Otherwise, maybe...ummm...lots of people consider squirrel with cream gravy a delicacy :rolleyes:
     
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    Pianolady In Flower

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    The metal caged bird feeders are the only ones that I've had any success with, but the cage has to be small enough that only the birds can get through it, and has to have a large enough diameter that they can't reach the feeder from the edge of the cage. It also has to have a metal hanger at the top, or the squirrels will get their kicks by chewing through the hanger. Duncraft and a few other companies make them, but they can be pretty pricey.

    Anything plastic? Forget it.
     
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    Wrennie In Flower

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    There are sprays you can buy to spray your hibiscus with to keep the squirrels off. I find Deer Off brand to be quite effective. (deer squirrel and rabbit repellant. There are lots of very effective squirrel proof feeders. Droll Yankees makes some as does Duncraft and others. But like you said whatever gets knocked out to the ground they eat. Also, mammals, such as squirrels do not like HOT pepper. There are liquid hot pepper additives you can add to the seed. Birds can't taste hot so it doesnt deter them.
     
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    kuntrygal Texas Rose

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    Thanks Kasey... I feel like saying 'duh'... I moved the feeders, so hopefully that will help. I don't have a lot of room, cause I keep buying plants!!


    Toni, I imagine there are some 'folk 'round here out in the woods, that would love that delicacy.' :rolleyes: :shock:
     
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    We have an awfull lot of them buggers this year! I sent DH and DS out to see how many they could take care of. :-D
     
  9. kuntrygal

    kuntrygal Texas Rose

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    All I can say is, the flower buds of a Hibiscus must be mighty tasty... Since I saw the squirrel pulling the buds off a few days ago, I haven't had one flower. Maybe the squirrel thinks they are pecans, since they are the same shape and size. I do hope I will get to enjoy a few flowers, since this is my favorite flower.
     
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    kuntrygal Texas Rose

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    After me blaming the squirrels about devouring the buds... I go out to inspect my plants and water early this morning... and I see my little bunny wabbit hopping away from a big plant. And I see a lot of 'ruts' that 'someone' has been digging at night. So it looks like my garden has turned into a wonderland for wildlife!! :D
     
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    kuntrygal Texas Rose

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    Well I have decided the squirrels and the little wabbit are both responsible for the ruts! Yesterday I saw the squirrel 'wallowing' (is that a real word?) around in a planter box. Guess the wabbit had devoured the greenery that was in there and the squirrel thought it must be the new play area. I knocked on the window and he jumped out of the box, onto the ground, up a tree and into a hanging basket! Dang squirrels... looks like I may be doomed from having a nice garden! :( :-x :scheming:
     
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    Gosh KG...I thought that I had it bad with rabbits...
    Sounds like what you need is a "Havaheart" trap to catch the little beasts and then take them to an animal shelter...or far,far,far away and let it loose.
    Haveaheart Traps-- http://www.havahart.com/store/live-animal-traps
     
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    If you fed the critter, would it leave your plants alone?
     
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    I have squirrel feeders and I leave corn around. The deer started eating the little apple tree again this year, so I put some corn by the tree. So far it seems to be working. I also plant items animals like along the back of my yard and keep the other plants I don't want nibbled on closer to my house.
    I wonder if you planted something they like (carrots) then they would leave your flowers alone?
    I'm most likely the wrong person to give advice since I plant to attract wildlife.
     
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    kuntrygal Texas Rose

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    I doubt it, but I can try. I'm afraid though that when it got through with 'its' dinner, it would look for dessert!! :D

    I had a problem with squirrels a few years ago at a house that had a huge back yard with many trees. I fed the squirrels and birds. When I ran out of food, the squirrels chewed a hole in the lid of the rubbermaid trash can that I stored the food in. So I got a galvanized can and used a bungee cord to keep the lid on. The squirrel then chewed through the bungee cord. I then got a screen door spring and hooked it from one handle to the handle on the other side. After a while I could no longer afford their food and mine...so I stopped feeding the little 'rats'. OK, then they bested me one. They chewed the power line into my house, not once, but twice I had to have the power company come out and replace the line!!! That did it for me. I would really like to continue feeding the birds, but the food attracts the squirrels. So when this batch of bird food is depleted ... there will be no more :-x :scheming:
     

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