I am sure you have heard that the only difference between a squirrel and a rat is that a squirrel has a better public relations team. Even though some people might think they are cute, there are a few living in the trees around my yard that are driving. me. crazy. Having a dog doesn’t even keep them away. I think she would actually share a bone with them. After fighting her own battle against squirrels in Lexington, my mom has come up with a simple way to keep them out of her planters. All you need to do is use pepper flakes to keep squirrels out of your planters.
How simple is that? The other great things about this tip is that it is cheap, easy, eco-friendly, and somewhat humane. After all, if a squirrel happens to like hot foods, then we have done a good deed.
Every time my mom puts flowers in her planter, the squirrels dig them out. We think they are looking to see if there are bulbs attached. Bulbs equal food in a squirrel’s world. This year when she planted her spring pansies, Mom sprinkled a generous amount of red pepper flakes on the soil. The squirrels have not bothered the flowers even once. This tip might be as useful as the one we shared about slugs a few years ago.