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Old 05-13-2018, 11:27 AM
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So, my wife loves gardening and has invested a lot of time making it look great. We have discovered that squirrels are eating some of her prized blooms. She caught one the other at making of with a flower as big as the squirrel. I have stopped filling the bird feeder that I think was attracting them but they are still attacking her plants. We have tried squirrel deterrents from the garden center nothing works. I donít hunt, and donít really want to have to poison them but Iím wondering if a decent air rifle would be a humane way to control the situation and if after popping a couple they would learn not to hang out in our yard. Iím not thrilled with the idea of doing this so any advice, also on line reviews seemed to point to the Gamo air rifle as being a good choice.

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Trap and release.
I have wild squirrel friends at the shop....the are notorious thieving bastards.
Wack one hang him in the yard...they'll see and smell him and disperce.
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Shake cayenne pepper around plants, worked for me! Heard used coffee grounds is also effective... good luck!
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Yep, cayenne pepper is a good deterrent for many critters.
So is a pellet gun.
Stewed Squirrel is very tasty.
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I have a RWS but Gamo is indeed a nice rifle. For squirrels, you may also want to look at the Crossman/Benjamin in a .22 caliber.
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Shake cayenne pepper around plants, worked for me! Heard used coffee grounds is also effective... good luck!
Cayenne pepper will definitely deter squirrels....if lightly sprinkled on them in a crock pot after your Gamo has gone to work.

Seriously, trapping and/or killing the little varmints is about the only way to truly get rid of them.
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Cayenne pepper will definitely deter squirrels....if lightly sprinkled on them in a crock pot after your Gamo has gone to work.

Seriously, trapping and/or killing the little varmints is about the only way to truly get rid of them.
You'll never get rid of them
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I have trapped them, but each time you catch one they learn and become a little more difficult to fool.

If there are a lot of them, you will have to kill a lot to prevent the depredation.
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So, my wife loves gardening and has invested a lot of time making it look great. We have discovered that squirrels are eating some of her prized blooms. She caught one the other at making of with a flower as big as the squirrel. I have stopped filling the bird feeder that I think was attracting them but they are still attacking her plants. We have tried squirrel deterrents from the garden center nothing works. I donít hunt, and donít really want to have to poison them but Iím wondering if a decent air rifle would be a humane way to control the situation and if after popping a couple they would learn not to hang out in our yard. Iím not thrilled with the idea of doing this so any advice, also on line reviews seemed to point to the Gamo air rifle as being a good choice.

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I've tried that, shooting them in the rear or flank with a partially-pumped-up air rifle- it didn't work. So, I learned to pump the air rifle up to max pressure and shoot them in the head with a quality Gamo pellet. Dead squirrels never bother you again.

And, contrary to Lprizman's advice, I have seen squirrels walk over the bodies of their recently-fallen comrades to get at whatever it is they want to eat.
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A few years ago I killed so many squirrels with my Gamo that the coyotes were taking up in the wooded part of my back yard!
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We had big squirrel problems eating our tomatoes in Denver. We also had large 165# 130# malamutes with an endless supply of hair. Putting hair on and around the plants prevented the squirrels from taking any bites out of the ripening tomatoes.
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get a fast dog or maybe a roaming cat
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Chipmunks are just as bad, I say kill them all and let God sort them out.

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They can't swim, can you make a real wide moat around the garden?
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Quit gardening....and go fishin
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Thanks Guys for all the advice, and a few good laughs as well!
we have two dogs, they are pretty quick but the squirrels are only one hop away from a tree.

I think I may just burn the garden down and open a wedding facility!
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Originally Posted by limey940 View Post
So, my wife loves gardening and has invested a lot of time making it look great. We have discovered that squirrels are eating some of her prized blooms. She caught one the other at making of with a flower as big as the squirrel. I have stopped filling the bird feeder that I think was attracting them but they are still attacking her plants. We have tried squirrel deterrents from the garden center nothing works. I donít hunt, and donít really want to have to poison them but Iím wondering if a decent air rifle would be a humane way to control the situation and if after popping a couple they would learn not to hang out in our yard. Iím not thrilled with the idea of doing this so any advice, also on line reviews seemed to point to the Gamo air rifle as being a good choice.

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Get one of those live animal traps & place a piece of slippery smooth laminate in the bottom so they won't have enough traction to
beat the cage door closing. Relocated about 2 dozen of them years ago. At first started to think they were returning so "hit" each tail
with some spray paint after capture to make sure was not the case. Not seen any in years but they have been replaced with what appears
is an endless supply of Iguana's that if possible would gladly replace them for the Squirrels.
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They can't swim, can you make a real wide moat around the garden?
Chipmunks are poor swimmers.

Squirrels swim very well. They used to swim across the Ohio River by the thousands every autumn.
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