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Post  glfitzsimmons on 6/25/2019, 10:29 pm

I have dozens of ground squirrels that are eating my plants, taking plums. How do I get rid of them?
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Post  mrschc on 6/26/2019, 10:28 pm

I use a haveaheart trap and I trap them. I then let them go somewhere else. The only problem is the more they move the more replace them. I did recently leave a whole loaf of bread outside a hole. I haven't seen a squirrel in that barrow since. >^,,^<
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/27/2019, 6:37 am

Hi mrsch.  Welcome to our party from Atlanta, GA!

Please introduce yourself (maybe in a new topic so we don't hijack this one, lol) & tell us about you, your garden, what you like to grow, why you like sfg, etc.
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Post  MrBooker on 6/27/2019, 1:45 pm

@mrschc wrote:I use a haveaheart trap and I trap them. I then let them go somewhere else. The only problem is the more they move the more replace them. I did recently leave a whole loaf of bread outside a hole. I haven't seen a squirrel in that barrow since. >^,,^<
I have four of the Haveaheart traps. I can trap 4 or 5 squirrels a week and relocate them but it makes no difference. My neighborhood is infested with them.

I even let 3 volunteer tomatoes grow out by the alley to give them easy access and leave my garden alone but OHhhhh  Noooo.... Not good enough. They like my garden tomatoes better.

Now, the rabbits decided they like to eat my small zucchini, but you know what..???  I've decided I like to eat rabbits. We'll see who can out eat whoooo.... What a Face

 I wouldn't mind the critters eating some veggies, if they would eat the whole thing, but again...............    OHhhhh.....NOoooo.  They like to take a few bites off a big red, ripe Tomato then go try another one.

  Oh well....  It's either the rain flooding, the sun baking, the frost frosting, the hail damage, the high winds, the droughts or the critters.

 BUT.....   WWMD.  "What Would Mel Do"   I love you
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Post  Dan in Ct on 6/28/2019, 8:50 am

Well I thought I had a well laid out plan. This winter, the wife decided to feed all the wild birds and the squirrels came to feast. At first I was irate but she said let the squirrels eat, it is winter. Then it crossed my mind that the squirrels would get fat and slow, making it easier to catch them. Sadly the flaw in the plan is that I am slower than a fat squirrel. Not deterred, another plan, another hobby, taking up falconry. Will report back at a later date. Oh a herd of squirrels are called a dray or scurry. I have a scurry of fat squirrels that I have in training to run a marathon. Plan B in case plan A with the hawk fails.
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Post  plantoid on 6/28/2019, 11:41 am

@MrBooker wrote:
@mrschc wrote:I use a haveaheart trap and I trap them. I then let them go somewhere else. The only problem is the more they move the more replace them. I did recently leave a whole loaf of bread outside a hole. I haven't seen a squirrel in that barrow since. >^,,^<
I have four of the Haveaheart traps. I can trap 4 or 5 squirrels a week and relocate them but it makes no difference. My neighborhood is infested with them.

I even let 3 volunteer tomatoes grow out by the alley to give them easy access and leave my garden alone but OHhhhh  Noooo.... Not good enough. They like my garden tomatoes better.

Now, the rabbits decided they like to eat my small zucchini, but you know what..???  I've decided I like to eat rabbits. We'll see who can out eat whoooo.... What a Face

 I wouldn't mind the critters eating some veggies, if they would eat the whole thing, but again...............    OHhhhh.....NOoooo.  They like to take a few bites off a big red, ripe Tomato then go try another one.

  Oh well....  It's either the rain flooding, the sun baking, the frost frosting, the hail damage, the high winds, the droughts or the critters.

 BUT.....   WWMD.  "What Would Mel Do"   I love you

The squirrel problem (American  grey tree squirrels ) is much the same here in Great Britain especially in my neck of the woods in South Wales  SA18 .

Fresh caught, skinned & pan fired squirrel meat or as a stew once browned in a hot pan with onions is  even better than a 12 week old rabbit for eating .

 I have a humane break neck every time squirrel trap ( " Fenn Trap " " ,  why pay to grow meat & add to global warming when it walks into your garden for free ?.
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Post  sanderson on 7/3/2019, 9:14 pm

For almost mature fruits, I use net baggies that avocado, lemons, etc., come in.  I bought off eBay.  squirrels Cantal18

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Post  Roseinarosecity on 7/4/2019, 12:27 am

@glfitzsimmons wrote:I have dozens of ground squirrels that are eating my plants, taking plums. How do I get rid of them?

There's no easy solution to deal with squirrels.

I'm in the San Gabriel Valley, CA.  I have to deal with outsmarting the tree squirrels; they go after my peaches.  So I created a tree cage.  It's made with 8 foot PVC frame, which is covered with bird netting all around. The netting is clamped on with PVC clamps and I use garden staples to hold it down on the ground.  BUT, the tree needs to be kept shorter than the frame.


This is a picture from last year.  The pillowcase was to block the sun on a 104 degree day.
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I hope your trees aren't too tall or too many.  I purposely keep my peach tree short for this reason.

They don't bother my veggies.  My sister protects her beds from rabbits by covering her beds, like this:

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