What Will Keep Squirrels Away from Plants?

Squirrels may seem cute and harmless, but they can absolutely tear up your flower beds and garden in search of food. Here are some effective ways to get rid of squirrels that are disturbing the plants in your yard.

Squirrel Removal Tips to Protect Your Plants

Try the following natural remedies to keep squirrels from eating your plants.

  • Provide Alternative Food and Water Sources

During hot summer months, squirrels look for fresh produce to snack on that are rich with hydrating nutrients. To keep squirrels away from your pants, provide them with an alternate food and water source by placing a birdbath, birdfeeder, or water bowl nearby. Squirrels may be more tempted to go feed and drink there instead.

  • Keep Your Yard Tidy

Squirrels are often attracted to trees on your property that grow nuts and acorns. The rodents will also feed on weeds that grow in your garden. Rake and weed your yard to keep these attractive food sources away. Properly dispose of the waste in a garbage can where squirrels can’t get to it.

  • Use Physical Barriers

Many home improvement stores sell squirrel-proof netting that is designed to keep squirrels away. Install a wire fence buried at least six inches into the ground, and discourage digging by adding a layer of gravel or netting to your soil. Squirrels don’t want to work for their food. These extra layers of protection will discourage them.

  • Use Natural Squirrel-repellent Scents

Squirrels have a keen sense of smell, so try planting strongly scented repellents to drive them away.

  • Predator urine or ammonia, available at garden centers, will scare them off.
    • Cayenne pepper or pepper flakes will overwhelm their noses.
    • Peppermint is another strong scent that squirrels don’t like.
    • Mustard plants and flowers like marigolds produce a repulsive smell to squirrels.
  • Call a Squirrel Removal Specialist

The quickest and most effective way to get squirrels out of your yard is to call a squirrel removal professional. They’ll have the tools and expertise to remove these critters safely and humanely.

Expert Squirrel Removal Services in Central Florida

At Critter Control® of Polk County, we use a proven squirrel removal process that uses safe and eco-friendly methods to permanently get rid of nuisance squirrels. Whether you have an existing wildlife problem or want to prevent one from happening, call us today at 863-204-2815 to schedule an inspection and receive a free squirrel removal estimate.


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