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The hair and urine advice may seem a little yucky, but it probably works very well. I have been buying (expensive) rabbit urine to deter my gophers. It works but is VERY costly for the size of my yard... wondering if human urine would work just as well... the price is right. Hair composts and adds protein to the soil, I've seen it suggested for a healthy addition to compost bins.

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Last night I could have strangled them with my bare hands but the thought of rat poison...I dont know...I have this image of my yard and deck being littered with rabbit and ground squirrel corpses...lol.



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I think this advice is great! Just don't want to trip over anything in your house while collecting said advice! emoticon emoticon



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We have the equivalent of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus worth of ground squirrels in and (mostly around) our yard. However, they never get within three feet of either our vegetables or flowers.

I think THE easiest and best deterrent for all small critters, and some not so small, is human urine. Human urine is normally sterile, and when poured around and through a garden does not provide a urine smell. Additionally, it provides nitrogen in a small enough concentration not to burn your plants (just don't pour it on the plants themselves). Plus, if one of your urine volunteers is taking a B complex vitamin, they'll get some good starter to go along.

Because we have plants all along the fence line in our back yard, the squirrels never run down the fence more than two feet before they jump 3-5 feet away from the plant line.

I suspect the easiest way to collect your "Critter Chaser" is to give each of you volunteers an empty, two-liter bottle to fill. It takes about 28 liters to protect my back yard and about 14 liters to protect the front.

You can also go to a mens barber., ask for the daily hair sweepings, then scatter the hair around around the garden. Women's hair is usually worthless for this task because there is no human smell. The smell of most women's hair is that of scented shampoo or hair spray.

Men's hair is also good to add to your compost heap.

If you decide to use a jalapeno, include all the seeds as well. Immediately pour the blend into a glass container and run fresh lemon juice or vinegar through as a rinse. I've had to buy a couple of new containers when I let the jalapeno juice set to long in the blender. It stains the plastic a light green and you have a devil of a time getting the jalapeno smell out of the plastic.

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Cayenne pepper keeps regular squirrels out of bird feeders. You could try sprinkling it on the soil to see if it helps. Or you can make a spray with a jalapeno pepper & water. grind the pepper in a blenderful of water then let it steep for a couple of hours. Strain it and spray the plants. You will have to repeat the sray at least once a week and after any rains.

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do you have a thorny rose bush... I save all the old wood from my roses after being cut back, I cut them about 4-6 inches long then lay them across the pots and along the edges. They learn real quick that they hurt! The flowers grow around them usually by mid summer I don't need them any more.

The other alternative is to put rat poison mixed with wet food for them to eat.
I know people get squeamish about killing them, but hey either them or my plants.



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Perhaps build a chicken wire cage or barrier or wrap around your basil plant. I've seen a few when I googled squirrel proof garden.

That's the way we've had to keep the squirrels out of our garden this year. We had to build a cage around it with bird netting on top and chicken wire around the bottom. Eventually the whole thing will be chicken wire but so far so good - the first tomatoes survived and the green bean seeds actually had a chance to grow.

I had a nightmare last night that the squirrels and chipmunks found a hole and burrowed under the wire along the ground and into my garden. emoticon

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I came home from work today to find two ground squirrels sitting in the middle of my potted basil plant eating it down to the to the dirt! What can I do to get rid of them? I've tried moth balls and liquid fence.

Help!

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