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Lisa
What's with the EVIL squirrles?

Im having a squirrel problem...specifically young ones. I have a lot of container plants and every year they dig in them and plant nuts. That much I can deal with however, this year they are obsessed with eating my sweet potatoe vines. I did not have this problem last year and I do not know what I can do to deter them from chewing on them any more. I know marigolds are supposed to deter pests but they already ate mine (evil squirrels). HELP! HELP!:mad:

buzzbuzz
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Lisa
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Funny. However, I live on a military base and if the neighbors saw that the MPs would be on my porch in a heartbeat.:D

buzzbuzz
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Marjorie
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I guess you can't sit out there with an air pistol and take 'em out, can you?

Of course, there are a number of poisons on the market that would do the trick, but then the other part of that equation is that other animals might eat the squirrel and also be poisoned, so that's not so good.

There are critter control companies that will come out and set the traps and also pick up the captives and take them away so you don't have to see any of the ugly stuff (like the drowning of them).
I hate squirrels - yeah, yeah - they're funny and cute to watch, and remarkably clever little furry-tailed rats, but so destructive! if they get into your attic (on of their favourite places to winter..), they tend to chew on everything, and bring in fleas. and then they fall down between the walls and die and stink.

So since you really can't use a flame-thrower, the traps might be the best way.

ed21
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You could try some of the deer, rabbit repellents. I don't know if they are listed for squirrels. Try a granular product, not a spray on. The spray ons are just for ornamentals.
The squirrels in my yard tend to succumb to lead poisoning. I can understand if that isn't a viable option for you.

JLMCDANIEL
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Try mixing some dish washing soap and pepper in water and spray on your vines. The dishwashing soap will help keep insects away also.
Jack

BigWalt
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Lisa
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you guys are so funny. ok im going to try the soap and pepper in the water. last night i looked online at the deterrant for dear/squirrel and it says they dislike the smell of garlic and the taste of red pepper so.....i put a bunch on the vines last night. i figured what the heck they are already half ate up... might as well give it a try. this morning i see the ES (evil suirrels) seemed to have liked my seasoning blend... another vine down. im also going to the store to buy a back up of whatever deterrant they might have to offer. im getting desperate. trapping them---not sure how that would work out. we live in a pretty heavily wooded area and i guess im not sure if its just a few of the same ES or if they are now inviting all of their friends and famiy over as well.

odd_artist
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Up in Canada, the little buggers had gotten into the walls on the third floor of our house. I bought some big hunky rat-traps, baited them with peanutbutter, and secured them with a length of heavy twine, so when I set them out the window onto the roof, I could get them back in. The traps killed them quickly with a snap to the spine, no suffering involved. I rebaited, and set the 4 traps out daily, and it took about a week to get them all (then I patched the hole quickly to avert any newcomers from setting up house).
I would not suggest using the rat traps if you have pets or children!

Lisa
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Thanks for all the advice everyone...unfortunately by the time I got back with the supplies my vines were gone. Not a trace of them left. Not a stem, a root, nothing. Evil sqirrels-1...Lisa--0.

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