How to Keep Squirrels off Your Pumpkins…results are in!
I told you I had murderous squirrels in my yard. Did you doubt me?
Only SIX days after I put my jack-o-lanterns out – they were totally mauled and left for dead.
Remember, in my last pumpkin post, I said I was going to try four different squirrel deterrent methods: craft lacquer spray, ammonia, hot sauce, and vaseline.
I think you’ll be surprised at the results…
#1 Ammonia. Pathetic. I think it merely cleaned the pumpkin up right nice for the little critters.
#2 Lacquer Spray. Shocker! I would have bet my best Jimmy Choos that lqcquer was going to win. Clearly squirrels like the crunchy coating. Like an M&M, I presume.
#3 Natural. I believe the hairy criminals were rather disappointed by the bland texture of the natural pumpkin after the excitement of the lacquer.
#4 Hot Sauce. Worked surprisingly well, especially considering it rained two days. The smell and hot oils must have penetrated enough. They did nibble off the teeth, though. Poor pumpkin looks like he lost his dentures.
#5 Vaseline. Unbelievable. HANDS DOWN WINNER! Squirrels must hate the sticky substance. And, the best part is, Vaseline is cheap and doesn’t wash off in the rain. I lathered it up with quite a good coating and it worked like a charm.
You better believe I’ll be lubing up all my pumpkins with Vaseline next year!