Stop squirrels from eating your garden plants by giving them something else to eat.
One of the methods I frequently recommend for deterring squirrels from bird feeders, gardens and fruit trees is to feed them elsewhere in the yard. This article discusses how to feed the squirrels while implementing this strategy.
Squirrels love nuts. But if you put out nuts that are already shelled, the nuts will go bad quickly by being exposed to sun, rain, humidity and other aspects of the weather. Give the squirrels nuts that are still in the shell. Peanuts are inexpensive and can be purchased at either the grocery store or your local animal feed store. They can also be
purchased on the internet.
Sunflower seeds are another treat that squirrels love. Again make sure you get them with the shells still on. Don’t use the bird seed that contains very small seeds, these are generally to small for squirrels and all they will do is scatter them onto the ground around your feeding station causing unwanted weeds to germinate in your yard.
When selecting an area to feed squirrels, choose a location that is away from what you want to protect. If you want to keep squirrels out of your bird feeder, select a location for the squirrel feeder that is far away from the bird feeder.
Get something that will hold the squirrel food and keep it off the ground. There are many squirrel feeders available on the internet and some of them are designed to keep out birds like grackles who love peanuts as much as their furry friends.
One very interesting behavior that squirrels often do is to bury food. When a squirrel finds your squirrel feeder, it will often feel that by hiding the food, he can keep it all to himself. So, one at a time, the squirrel will come to the feeder, collect a nut, carry it somewhere else, bury it, and then return to collect and bury another. Squirrels can do this all day long. Allowing your squirrel feeder to remain empty for a couple of days will encourage the squirrel to retrieve and eat what he buried. Then when you put more food into the squirrel feeder, he’ll most likely begin burying it. You can create a cycle where you give him a day or two’s worth of food, he might bury it all in about half an hour, then over the next couple of days he’ll dig it up again to eat it.
However the catch to this strategy is if after finding the squirrel feeder empty, he starts getting into your bird feeder again or garden again. If this happens, you’ll need to increase the number of times you refill the squirrel feeder each week.
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