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By PlantMan
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#315409
I hate squirrels with a burning passion. Those little tree rats are ALWAYS digging up my flytraps in their search for acorns. I've tried putting a net over the pot, I've moved them closer to the back door, I've pulled my hair out thinking they finally gave up only to come outside after a rainstorm and find the soil tossed out and my flytraps pulled up.

Dear carnivorous plant growers, experts and casual amateurs, I beg thee for answers. How can I make sure these god-forsaken rodents leave my poor flytraps alone?
By Fieldofscreams
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#315410
Milk crates with a good sized heavy rock on the top. Fly traps will still get sunlight this way and they will be protected.

Squirrels will stop digging here soon then they will start again in the fall. So it's not something you have to worry about the entire growing season.
By Aozora
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#315431
How about making a feeding platform for squirrels? You could just get one of those bird feeding platforms and place some acorns/nuts in it. This should lure them away from your plants.
By Huntsmanshorn
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#315443
Aozora wrote:How about making a feeding platform for squirrels? You could just get one of those bird feeding platforms and place some acorns/nuts in it. This should lure them away from your plants.
And then you could shoot them. Great idea! I really like this idea.
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By ApgarTraps
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Joined:  Mon May 28, 2018 2:22 pm
#315773
SOLUTION:

Buy a pack of bamboo kebab skewers at the dollar store. Cut them so that -- when placed pointy-side-up -- the sharp ends barely protrude from the surface of your soil. Place LOTS of these skewers all around your pot.

Once those squirrels get poked in the feet and rump by that sharp bamboo, they'll quickly learn NOT to mess with your pots.

I have photos of my setup, and even a video of a squirrel learning his lesson -- if I can figure out how to upload them.

Cheers!

/Apgar
By Fieldofscreams
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#315779
Would love to see that.

I wouldn't think that would work for squirrels.
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By ApgarTraps
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#315780
Why do you think it wouldn't work? So far it has, but maybe those gray pests will figure out a workaround!

Am I allowed to post a url to a YouTube video? I'm new here, and not sure of the rules....
By Big-Jack
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#315866
Ha. He decided it was more fun to torment the hummingbird.
By Fieldofscreams
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#315868
I was finally attacked. I ordered a couple of these for a quick fix. I'll probably have to build something. I saw him the second time and he just wants the water in the trays.

NuVue Products 30100 Pest Guard Cover, Multiple Sizes Available https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPHV6LI/re ... dBb6QKDG6E

I can tell in the video that the squirrel just wants the moisture of the moss and plants. It's nice and moist and cool.
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By ApgarTraps
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#315896
Big-Jack wrote:Ha. He decided it was more fun to torment the hummingbird.
LOL.... I know!

Can you believe the lucky timing on that!
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By Shadowtski
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I may joke about shooting, trapping, electrocuting, or worse, but I think the best solution is just make your stuff inaccessible to them.
I took a 72x48x18 wire rack and covered the front and back with metal hardware cloth.
That has a 1/2 inch grid, welded together and galvanized.
I also used plastic coated chicken wire for the sides.
The end result has kept squirrels and birds and other marauding varmints.
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By optique
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By Benny
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If you want a cheap, and not perfect solution, a chicken wire cage would work best. Shadowtski probably had the most efficient solution.

The automatic sprinkler may work out well, but can vary greatly. Some squirrels (after many tries) will become brave enough to approach your plants. Plus, I don't know if you want a bunch of mineralized water sprayed around carnivorous plants.

If you really want to and can legally do it, then sure, shoot them. Do some research before bringing out the .22 pellet gun, because your plants are not worth a potentially hefty fine. Shooting them is, however, a momentary fix, as they will just have a couple more litters, and the population is replaced to the normal number.

Good luck!

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