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A squirrel nuisance!

West Somerset, England Eng

A friend has a squirrel in his small garden which is being a thorough nuisance - digging up bulbs and plants etc. Please could anyone advise on a humane (and legal!) way of getting rid of it before it wrecks the place?

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7 Apr, 2009


i had to resort to chicken wire cages over bulbs until they were a decent size. There is a family of five currently.
you could try humane live traps and then release it some distance away. [at least 5 miles]

7 Apr, 2009


I grated heavily perfumed soap on top of my pots housing bulbs. Apparently squirrels don't like it because it makes them sneeze! So far so good.

7 Apr, 2009


Sounds silly but he could try putting food out for the squirrels? bread, nuts etc?

7 Apr, 2009


I have three or four squirrels that come and I feed em peanuts etc , now and again they hide the peanuts in the tubs but I can live with them ,if they can live with me. sorry spritz that aint no help whatsoever.

7 Apr, 2009


Apparently, this one comes into the garden with peanuts from elsewhere, buries them in the containers and almost laughs when approached! I've suggested a water pistol to scare it off - do you think that might work?

I'll pass on the soap idea - thanks.

7 Apr, 2009


If you catch a squirrel in a cage, you are not allowed to release it anywhere as it is classed as vermin

8 Apr, 2009


So does it have to be killed then - and is that legal, Andrew?

8 Apr, 2009

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