Have Tree Squirrels Won?
I've read really long, and a variety of posts on getting rid of squirrels. I've spent the last four years trying to beat them, or, at least, not lose so much. I've invested more money then we could afford with "brilliant" new ideas. They've chewed my 1 foot fig tree out by the roots/trunk, have simply dug up half my herbs, and produce, (didn't bother eating most even) and I created a fairly large section of my yard (about 5-6 sq. feet in a 16 sq. ft. concrete yard) to set up netting over my tomato plants (over bamboo poles, and with weights to make sure it goes all the way to the ground), just to find the SOBs sitting casually in one of the tomato containers eating something.
This is not a cute little post asking for squirrel recipes. I live in the city, so shooting the SOBs is too dangerous, as well as illegal. Poisoning the SOBs sounds like a good idea right now, but I'd feel terrible, if I found out a neighbor's cat or dog was killed by eating a poisoned squirrel or eating the poison itself (which is incredibly generous of me, considering all the neighbors with cats and dogs think nothing of letting their dogs bark/howl/yap all night and day, or cats let out at night to enjoy cat fights or mating rituals at 3 a.m.) It's also illegal in most, if not all states.
I'm disabled, so can barely keep up with the garden as is. No more large construction projects, can't do them physically or financially anymore.
The last three days it's been raining so much, mushrooms actually grew in my lilac container. You'd think the squirrels would try to stay out of the rain, or, at least, find no particularly good reason to dig out one-third of my muddy containers, especially since there is plenty of real ground 17 feet down the alley, and a small "park" on the other side of that house, but they spent the time destroying one-third of my produce, herbs, and flowers.
Like I said, I've read other posts, and have spent a good three weeks in the last four years reading up on different methods to stop the miserable tree rats. City squirrels think nothing of fox urine, and apparently like hot sauce, garlic juice - and part of my garlic crop too - basil, mint, and/or rosemary on their tomatoes and/or soil. Drenching them as they try to find their way out of that netting hasn't stopped them from returning. Giving them their own squirrel food, only gave me a pumpkin plant last year. Giving them water did nothing at all. Not giving them food or water, hasn't stopped them from returning. Water pistols barely make them move. We don't want cats, dogs, or even a really big boa constrictor. The only thing traps do is move one creature out of the way, so a new one can take its place. (The tree rat moved will also probably be killed by the ones in the area where you move them to, if you still have any grain of sympathy for the little creeps.)
With that, I've pretty well have given up thinking of ever growing produce or annuals of any kind. I've run out of ideas, and we do love sitting out in the garden in the summer time. Practically the only place either of us go, since we're both disabled. Unless there is some new method to get rid of them, they've won! Last chance -- anyone know how to get rid of the SOBs?