A squirrel repellant, either commercially available or prepared at home, is useful in keeping squirrels from eating pumpkins. An owl statue encourages squirrels to look elsewhere for food. If other attempts fail, a motion-activated sprinkler is effective at frightening the rodents away from the pumpkin patch.Continue Reading
Manufacturers prepare a product to protect crops from both squirrels and deer. They use scents that the pests find unattractive, such as rotten eggs. While the smell dissipates as the product dries, users often find it offensive during application. Homemade repellents include sprinkling dog hair around the area, spraying pumpkins with peppermint oil or coating them with petroleum jelly. Hair spray and spray lacquer are also effective, but they make the shell inedible. The hair spray requires frequent application.
Owls are predators for squirrels, and plastic owl replicas help to frighten them away from pumpkins. Moving the owl to a new location every few days helps to prevent the squirrels from realizing it is not real and ignoring it.
Motion-sensor sprinklers, like those used to keep cats out of flowerbeds, are also effective at keeping squirrels away from pumpkins. The automated device ensures the sprinkler sprays the squirrel each time he approaches the pumpkin, and the pest soon gets the idea that these pumpkins are off limits.Learn more about Furry Pests
The most common four ways of dealing with squirrels are trapping, exclusion, prevention and repellents. The trapping method uses a small trap with sunflower seeds or peanut butter as bait. Once trapped, the squirrel can be safely relocated.Full Answer >
Because squirrels usually enter attics through roofs, one way to keep them out of an attic is to trim trees to at least 6 feet away from the roof so that the animals cannot leap to it. Sealing exit and entry points also keeps squirrels out.Full Answer >
Deter squirrels by applying cayenne pepper, garlic powder or jalapeno spray to the areas where they are not wanted. Provide a squirrel feeder in places they do not cause problems to help to deter them from the places they are not welcome.Full Answer >
In many states, the poisoning of squirrels is illegal. Additionally, some areas have a protection act or require the use of a pest specialist to remove squirrels. It's important to check local laws pertaining to squirrels and investigate humane options for removal.Full Answer >