There’s a Pumpkin Thief in my Neighborhood!

I was so excited to decorate my porch for Halloween this year and went out and got some pumpkins and a mum weeks ago. I set my porch up, put my wreath on the front porch and took some pretty pictures to remember our first Halloween in our new house.

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All seemed well for a few weeks, then one morning I went out to walk Finn and noticed that my big orange pumpkin had a hole eaten right in the top.

There's a Pumpkin Thief in my Neighborhood | chatfieldcourt.comI looked around and saw the offending squirrel that had been gnawing on it only moments before, sitting on my fence staring at me. I moved the pumpkin right next to the front door hoping that it would deter him a little bit. The next day I went out to walk Finn and the squirrel hadn’t touched my big orange pumpkin, but one of my little pumpkins was gone…stolen…gone. I looked around and sure enough the squirrel was sitting at the base of a tree with my baby pumpkin in pieces all around him. Needless to say that I yelled at him and chased him up the tree (my neighbors probably think I am nuts). That afternoon I went outside again, and saw that my second baby pumpkin was gone and that’s when I decided to look on the internet to see if there was anything that I could do to prevent them from eating my pumpkins (while not harming the squirrels). After I spent over an hour reading different solutions, from using hairspray on the pumpkin to using vinegar and even using human hair around the pumpkin, I decided I would try to use vaseline. I rubbed it over the whole pumpkin and, wouldn’t you know, the squirrels have left them alone. It’s only been a week, but I’m hoping that the vaseline will do the trick. I’ll let you know if the thief returns. 😉

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Have you had squirrels eat your pumpkins? What do you do to stop them?

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  1. Tuesday,October 22, 2013 / 7:36 am

    I have experienced exactly the same thing — Chicago squirrels are bold.The good news is that your pumpkins will look really luscious with the vaseline on them. Fun post!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 22, 2013 / 9:44 am

      Yes, Jennie, they do look luscious. The squirrels are very bold here. I can walk Finn in our front yard and they don’t even run, they just watch us. Never seen anything like it.

      Thanks so much for visiting.
      K.

  2. Monday,October 28, 2013 / 5:23 pm

    Oh my, that is a really bad squirrel. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    • Kristi
      Monday,October 28, 2013 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks Marty. The vaseline seems to be working…no more bad squirrel!

      K.

  3. Monday,October 28, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    That squirrel was a big time menace! Glad you found a solution. Have a Happy Halloween!

    Pam

    • Kristi
      Monday,October 28, 2013 / 8:13 pm

      Hi Pam. So far so good with the vaseline, no squirrel pumpkin eating at my house. Thanks so much for visiting!
      Happy Halloween to you too.

      K.

  4. Wednesday,October 30, 2013 / 1:42 pm

    I would have been pretty upset if some animal ruined my pumpkins! That’s a great tip–I’ll be pinning this! I’ll have to try it out on my pumpkins. I’m glad I stopped by from Work It Wednesday–have a wonderful day!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 30, 2013 / 7:27 pm

      Hi Carrie. The vaseline has been working great…still no squirrels. Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Happy Halloween!

      K.

  5. Thursday,October 31, 2013 / 8:56 am

    every year I mean to try this, and every year the squirrels win first! next year, I will do this!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,October 31, 2013 / 3:07 pm

      I don’t want the squirrels to win either! LOL I’m really surprised it has even worked, but whatever it takes right? Thanks so much for stopping by.

      K.

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