As a homeowner, you put a lot of time and resources into your flower pots and gardens. So we understand how frustrating it can be waking up to a mess of dug-up plants and loose soil on the ground.
Squirrels are drawn to flower pots for a variety of reasons, but mainly for food. Potting soil is extremely soft and easy to dig in compared to the hard ground, which means it is the perfect spot for squirrels to bury their nuts.
Aside from hiding food within the pots, squirrels might also be attracted to the plants and food sources found within the pots as well. Squirrels eat both plants and animals, so they might also be drawn to the small insects and plants.
One of the best ways to protect your flower pots against squirrels is physical barriers, such as fencing and netting. Squirrels bury their nuts and seeds with the intent of coming back at a later time to retrieve the food. If the pots prove too difficult to infiltrate, the squirrel will likely move on to another area with little to no barrier.
It is important to note that squirrels are not only clever creatures, but also exceptionally athletic with the ability to jump more than 5 feet up from the ground and more than 7 feet across. For best results, it is better to set up physical barriers that offer either tightly-knit fencing or complete enclosure. If not, squirrels might be able to find a way to squeeze or jump into the flower pots.
Plant Squirrel Resistant Flowers
Another great method to prevent squirrels from raiding your flower pots is by planting flowers that have proven resistant to these small fluffy creatures. The most effective flowers include daffodil, allium, irises, lily of the valley, and dianthus.
Squirrels are not very picky eaters, but these specific flowers do not appeal to squirrels based on their smell, taste, or texture. With these resistant flowers, homeowners can maintain their beautiful, lush flower pots with minimal risk of destruction.
As we mentioned earlier, squirrels are attracted to flower pots given the soft potting soil. That being said, a simple way to deter squirrels is by changing the soil to make it less appealing to critters.
This can be accomplished by mixing a natural repellent into the soil, such as cayenne pepper, vinegar, garlic, peppermint oil, or a combination of these ingredients. Humans might find these smells enticing and delicious, but squirrels disagree wholeheartedly.
A thin layer of rocks or mulch on top of the potting soil also has the power to discourage squirrels without affecting the health and well-being of the plants and flowers growing in the pot.
Have A Squirrel Problem? Call the Experts at Shumaker Animal Control
If you think you have a squirrel problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.