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Keeping squirrels off tomato plants

Our plump lovely growing tomato was stolen by a squirrel today - it left remnants :(
We've had others go missing too.

The squirrels seem to target the tomatoes growing on my deck in containers, they haven't found the tomatoes growing in the garden yet :::fingers crossed::: 

I went to Home Depot today to buy chicken wire to keep them out but the person suggested using cayenne pepper around the perimeter of the container to keep the squirrels away from the tomatoes.  I sprinkled some earlier:

1+ has anyone else had luck with ground cayenne pepper as a squirrel deterrent?
2+ any other suggestions for keeping the squirrels out of the tomatoes? 


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Jul. 13th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I had squirrels digging in all my pots when I lived in Seattle and I put cayenne all around and all over everything. It did nothing.. Nada! They still would dig things up and plant their winter stash of peanuts in everything.. hahahaha but I have to admit, I was pissed off at the little dudes after they wrecked enough of my plants!

I think the chicken wire idea may be your way to go..!
Jul. 13th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
i've read that squirrels avoid human hair.
if you're not due for a trim, perhaps a local barber would let you have some hair to sprinkle around the edge of the garden.
Jul. 13th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
ooh, you've just reminded me - a friend said she heard that dog hair will also repel squirrels. She would stuff dog hair in pantyhose and hang that from her fruit tree. A combo of human and dog hair might be in order
Jul. 14th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
I used to use the hair from cleaning out my brushes.
Jul. 13th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
It deterred them from my bird feeders for a little while. Then they decided they liked cajun style bird seed.
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
oh no :)
Jul. 13th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Is it really dry where you are? We only have problems with squirrels stealing juicy veggies during drought years.
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
no actually, it's been a pretty even summer so far; I'm in southeastern Ontario and we've had 1-2 days of rain each week for quite a while now
Jul. 13th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Instead of putting citrus peels in her compost bin, a friend of mine puts them on her vegetable garden to keep away the rodents.
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
this would be easy enough to try
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
I have two little slingshots and a bowl of pebbles. The first squirrel I get is going on a pole, Lord of the Flies style, to warn the other little b******s to keep away! They dig up everything!
Good luck!
Jul. 14th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
I could never do that;
I enjoy my backyard squirrels... They've been really good about leaving other things alone. I just want to keep them off my veggies
Jul. 14th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
LOL. But they're smart little buggers. They'll get their revenge: http://www.treehugger.com/army_squirrel.jpg.
Jul. 13th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
I had the best luck with chicken wire when I had a squirrel getting into my strawberries.
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Jul. 14th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
well that doesn't sound pleasant!
Jul. 14th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
My mom uses the silver streamers that people put on girl's bikes.
Jul. 14th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
My husband and I were just saying that we were worried about the squirrels getting our melons and sunflowers, and I suggested that we put some bird food out for them to keep them distracted LOL ;)
Jul. 14th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
This has worked for me in the past, I don't know why they went after the tomatoes. When I left in the morning, it was raining and no squirrels or birds were around so I waited to fill up the feeder. I think that ticked them off because when I got back in the afternoon, I found the sad tomato bits.
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