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.

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

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


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

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


    • 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.


  3. 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!


  4. 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.


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