Hello Shelterrific readers! I am hoping you can help me discover some simple NON-cruel ways to discourage squirrels from rummaging around in our porch flower containers. You see, we have a big old oak tree in the front yard which produces a ton of acorns. Lots of acorns = lots of squirrels! Mostly we don’t mind them, but just recently they’ve taken to digging up our recently planted impatiens in two container beds. Every morning we wake to find holes in the beds, and soil scattered all over the porch. My guess is that they think they have some buried in treasure in there, so they dig, dig, dig!
Any suggestions on how to deter them from the porch? This thread on Garden Web suggests getting a dog (something our 10-month old kitten would mind — even if our three year old daughter would love!) or setting up traps. Our neighbor up the road makes a hobby out of capturing yard squirrels and then releasing them in the nearby forest reserve. Seems like a lot of work! I was thinking a little cayenne pepper in the soil might turn them off. What do you think? All ideas welcome! — Angela M.