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