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Post  glfitzsimmons 12/14/2020, 3:11 pm

Hello, I like gardening, but the last couple of years we have been overwhelmed with squirrels. And they just climb in and eat. the last time I planted anything was 2018, and I planted tomatoes I grew early from seed. I had a wonderful group of beefsteaks. I said OK I will pick tomorrow because I knew about the squirrels and the tomatoes were getting red. I went out the next morning and each tomato was eaten in half! I picked them but I caught squirrels coming to eat them. I constructed wire cages around all the plants. and they found a way in... I did save the cherrys but had trouble getting to them myself. Just very frustrated. Ginny
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Post  markqz 12/14/2020, 5:07 pm

glfitzsimmons wrote:Hello, I like gardening, but the last couple of years we have been overwhelmed with squirrels. And they just climb in and eat. the last time I planted anything was 2018, and I planted tomatoes I grew early from seed.

That does sound very frustrating. Just out of curiosity, are there any foxes or coyotes in your neighborhood?
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Post  sanderson 12/15/2020, 2:14 pm

The Forum Search box leads to 24 threads involving squirrels. It's a common problem.

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Post  Scorpio Rising 12/16/2020, 1:09 pm

Hang in there Ginny!  I feed mine.  They are better friends than enemies.  2 years ago, they thought the eggplants looked like a yummy ripe sweet fruit--NOPE.  Took one bite and left it for dead.  Wilted and wasted...
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Post  STGardener 12/30/2020, 7:10 pm

Hi Ginny,
I have found the only way to really keep squirrels out is with a chicken wire enclosure:

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Post  stuartes 12/31/2020, 1:37 am

I had only one pesky squirrel, but I sprinkled Fox Urine (try Amazon) around my garden and problem solved!
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Post  glfitzsimmons 12/31/2020, 5:40 pm

markqz wrote:
glfitzsimmons wrote:Hello, I like gardening, but the last couple of years we have been overwhelmed with squirrels. And they just climb in and eat. the last time I planted anything was 2018, and I planted tomatoes I grew early from seed.

That does sound very frustrating. Just out of curiosity, are there any foxes or coyotes in your neighborhood?
yes we do have coyotes. we see them often. we saw foxes one year about 10 years ago in a tree.
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Post  OhioGardener 12/31/2020, 6:09 pm

We have plenty of Coyotes, and we have a few Fox, but they don't bother the squirrels.  Squirrels can flee up a tree long before the coyote or fox can get to them.

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Post  sanderson 1/3/2021, 4:45 pm

NY squirrels!! I'm wondering if they are hungry because folks aren't out as much and therefore the "squirrel feeders" aren't out supplementing their diet. ??

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Post  madreloco 1/14/2021, 9:49 am

Here in North Texas the squirrels are overly abundant this year.. They get into the vehicle engines and our attics, chew water hoses in half..


We also have a lot of people who have lost pets to hawks, coyotes and even cats, so they are killing off the predators for squirrels.  I am guessing that is one of the reasons we have so many.  I am posting a link to a site, that talks about squirrel predators, I have made a shortened version of the link, so if it looks weird, I promise I have clicked on it and it was ok.  


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It looks like snakes are our best bet, they get into the trees and find the baby squirrels ( I know its sad, but we are overran with them)  We also have a couple Hawks in our area now.  I believe that if we left nature alone, it would take care of the over populations..unfortunately people kill all snakes they see, not just the poisonous ones.. Good luck, cultivate your snake population and don't kill the Birds..  Very Happy 


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Post  Scorpio Rising 1/14/2021, 11:16 pm

I personally do not screw Mother Nature.  

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Post  dixie 1/15/2021, 3:56 pm

It also could be turtles eating half of the tomatoes.  I have problems with turtles & squirrels.
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Post  Daniel S. Moore 6/19/2022, 11:51 am

I am very sorry for your frustration and the loss of things. But I want to say don't be frustrated its a lesson to learn. God will give you the best things the next time. Just go ahead with your own strength. Past is past just focus on the future.
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