Try this easy tip to stop squirrels from eating your Halloween pumpkins.
I was so excited to decorate my porch for Halloween this year so I went out and got some pumpkins and a mum weeks ago. It was so much fun setting up my fall front porch and, once I was done, I took some pictures to remember our first Halloween in our new house.
All seemed well for a few weeks, then one morning things changed. I noticed it as soon as I took Finn out for a walk. My big orange pumpkin had a hole eaten right in the top.
I looked around for the culprit and saw a guilty-looking squirrel sitting on my fence staring at me. Perturbed, I moved the pumpkin next to the front door hoping that it would deter him.
The next day I went out to walk Finn. I checked on my big pumpkin first thing and saw that the squirrel hadn't touched it. Success!
Upon further inspection though, I noticed that one of the little pumpkins was gone.
Stolen...by a pumpkin thief!
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. I'm sure that my neighbors probably think I am nuts.
Later that same afternoon, I went back out to check on the porch. The pumpkin thief had struck again and took another baby boo.
I'd had enough so 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 some good old fashion 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 none remaining pumpkins have not been nibbled on. 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?