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Got squirrels digging in your flower pots?

By Gary Bogue
Friday, June 12th, 2009 at 7:36 am in Squirrels.

Squirrel digging in pot. Photo by Mike Gordon, Walnut Creek, CA.
sq in pot

Have you got squirrels digging in your flower pots?

Spritz some apple cider vinegar from a spray bottle around the top side of your pot and maybe a little on the dirt around the plant. (I have no idea what the vinegar might do to the plant so don’t get the spray on it.)

I’ve had reports from several people who have done this and they say the squirrels have not come back. Seems like a simple and humane solution for dealing with that. If you try it, let me know how it works out. /Gary

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2 Responses to “Got squirrels digging in your flower pots?”

  1. mj Says:

    Looks like one of my squirrels. I also have that problem and they also love to go into my garden bed and bury their peanuts I give them. I put down wire fencing over my vegetables and that seemed to help, I haven’t done it to my pots yet, it should work the same. Good luck… mj

  2. Bird Says:

    I can back Mj up about using wire! When newly planted, I often cover the soil of hanging baskets window boxes and flower pots with chicken wire – it doesn’t hurt the squirrels but means they cannot dig so easily. Depending on how the plants grow you can either leave the wire in place (the plants should cover it and stop it looking unsightly) or carefully remove it for use on another similar size container.

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