Squirrels can be a nuisance in both your garden and around your home. They can cause damage to plants, trees and containers by digging up bulbs and destroying leaves and bark.
To prevent squirrels from digging in your yard, you can use physical deterrents and repellents. These include motion-activated sprinklers, bird spikes, and traps that can be placed around your property and lawn.
The first step is to assess the extent of the problem. Look for signs of damage, such as golf ball-size holes in your plant beds, bite marks on fruit, missing plants or tree bark and container digging.
Make sure your yard is free of acorns and other nuts that squirrels can eat, and rake up fallen acorns and seeds. Place bird feeders away from tree branches that squirrels can jump on or buy squirrel-proof bird feeders.
If you want to keep squirrels out of your garden and yard, then it is important that you take the time to properly secure your garden fences and netting as this can help stop them from jumping over your fences and into your yard or gardens. If you have a large garden then you may wish to consider purchasing an electric fence which can help to protect the garden and plants from squirrels.
Another way to deter squirrels from your yard and garden is by using odours that they find unpleasant. These can be made from peppermint, chilli, garlic or even the odours that their natural predators such as owls have.