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Squirrel Skulduggery: Humane Control?

10 May 2012
Storms 18°C / 64°F

At first I was rather charmed by the cheeky Grey Squirrel that frequents our garden…

Then he started nibbling red flower buds (Camellia and Tulips) and I was less enamoured

I’ve come home from work to find my Strawberries decimated: Dug up/stripped and nascent fruit nibbled

(the alternative is that I have Rats, but I don’t really want to think about that!)

I’ve scattered copious quantities of Cayenne and White Pepper about the place

Anyone got any other tips (apart from getting a cat?)






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No suggestions…
Until now, our country is spared from greedy squirrels. Not that we don’t have squirrels: the European red squirrel is such a cuty. But that species is so easy to scare… They do visit my garden, to gather beech nuts and chestnuts, which they bury in our woodland garden. And occasionally they strip the bark of a few tree branches there, but they even don’t touch the birdfeeder.
I think this species has almost disappeared in the UK?

That Camellia is so beautiful! I’d like to grow them too, but I fear that in our garden on the country-side, in the coldest part of Flanders (it’s -15° every other winter, and sometimes even colder) it wouldn’t be hardy.

Posted on 10 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

Yes, the thuggish Grey has almost completely displaced the native Red’s…. Although there are a few pockets left in the South

Posted on 11 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

Well, just to update those who may be interested: Cayenne pepper seems to be the way forward (the 2 plants that had this treatment have been untouched). Whit Pepper DOESN’T work (plant decimated again)

Posted on 23 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

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