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Squirrels... dang blasted, dag nabbit!!

This is a discussion on Squirrels... dang blasted, dag nabbit!! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I've been in this apartment only through this past winter. There's a great east facing ...

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    Default Squirrels... dang blasted, dag nabbit!!

    I've been in this apartment only through this past winter. There's a great east facing patio and a west facing porch, both of which are semi shaded and would make nice growing areas. The problem is there's a ton of eastern gray squirrels everywhere. Every time I turn around they're digging in the hibiscus, salvia, verbena, etc. basiclaly whatever I have potted outside. Needless to say I'd love to place some orchids out there, especially now that the weather has warmed up nicely, but fear that one of these little rodentia might have their way with them.

    So my question is, does anyone else in the southeast have issues with squirrels and plants, specifically orchids? If so have you come up with any ideas or solutions to thwart their curiosity aside from... well (remember I live in an apartment in the city limits)!

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    Kreg, yes I have had some trouble with squirrels. I have found where I live I don't dare grow any Den. outside. The little buggers were always eating the new growth. I have placed all my outdoor plants in hanging baskets or pots. This doesn't stop them 100% of the time, but they tend to leave the Cattelya alone.Which is what I mainly grow now. I have tried hot pepper flakes, rubber snakes and squirting them with cider vinager. If you have a outdoor cat you should be able to keep them away. My three cats are indoor and sit in the window sill and watch the the rats with fuzzy tails. Yea, I'm not into killing the cute little buggers. Its a love hate relationship. They are loveable till they chew on the plants. Good Luck, Rich

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    Those darned tree rats!!! We have some friends that own a log cabin near us and the squirrels chew the finish off of the logs!

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    I HATE the little buggers, just rats with better costumes. I try to put orchids on my live oak and they let them get established and put out new growth then wham they hit the salad bar, GRRRRR !!!! Now we have a HUGE nest above our swing, I can hear her up there laughing and telling her babies all about my tree orchids.

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    Good grief, I had no idea that squirrels could be such pests. Here in the Midwest we have Fox Squirrel and little Red Squirrel and I have never noticed them going after my orchids. Have you tried placing a moth ball (Naphthalene) in the pot? I heard pepper flakes but how about the sprays that contain capsaicin?
    My issue is the rotten white-tail rabbit - girdles or snips off just about everything I plant. I saw a young red fox in the neighborhood and did a happy dance - I hope he feeds well..................

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    For rabbits, I use habenero peppers ground up and put in water. Let ferment for a week or so and then spray this on and around the plants you want left alone. It worked on our baby burning bushes.

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    Baby burning bushes - I planted 18 and I now have 5 because of them. I used a commercial capsaicin spray but maybe I should make up my own stuff as you suggest. Thanks Jonada, I am going to try that. Especially for the burning bushes, the viburnum and the hydrangea bushes. Sounds like a mega dose of capsaicin. The great thing about capsaicin is that it is natural, it breaks down in the environment and it does not affect the birds. Oh, and it keeps the dog out of the hosta!!! He thinks they make a great bed to lay on during a hot summer day.

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    This is all natural as well. It does have to be reapplied after rains, but it doesn't take much. Use the hottest peppers you can find and add some garlic cloves. Put it in a small amount of hot water and let it sit over night. Put the whole mix in the blender and puree. Leave the seeds in the peppers. Let it sit for a week or so and then add it to some water. Spray right on the plants and all around them and they can finally fight the critters!!

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    Rat poison and peanut butter.....

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    Whoa there. I would not go the poison route, especially if the animal is protected in your area. We can only shoot squirrel during season. And poison can affect prey animals such as cats and dogs. I often thought of using poison on a HUGE chipmunk infestation but it would put my dog at risk if he found a dead/dying chippie. Those guys got peanut butter in a live trap and a trip to the woods. Even trapping and resettling is illegal without permission from the landowner where you dump the animal.
    I would love to see a birth control food available like they tried on pigeons. Feed the little buggers and then watch them become infertile.

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