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Home Remedies for Ground Squirrels

People like to share with me their "Do It Yourself" Remedies for Ground Squirrels. Here are a few that I've recently heard. I can't guarantee if they work, but they're at least creative!

Home Remedies for Ground Squirrels & Prairie Dogs

GUM - Not ordinary gum, but Bazooka Bubble Gum. You know, the hard squares of gum that as a kid almost broke your jaw on the first bite? 

Once a week, this guy's neighbor puts 1 square of Bazooka gum in every ground squirrel hole on his property. He has almost 100 holes, so I doubt if he takes the time to read the comics wrapping each gum square. The neighbor says it works well at eliminating the young ones because they can't digest the gum. According to an expert, Jim Knight, a Montana State Extension Wildlife Specialist. "Bubble gum might sometimes clog a ground squirrel's intestines or burst its stomach, but no one has conducted scientific studies on its overall effectiveness. It's hardly cheap," he said.

Does it work? Not sure
The guy who told me about his neighbor using gum couldn't have much faith in it, because he purchased a Burrow Blocker 2500. Other people I have talked with say Juicy Fruit gum has worked for them, but they still have a ground squirrel problem.

STATUES OF PREDATORS - Place statues of coyotes and dogs in the ground squirrel infested area.

The idea behind this one is that ground squirrels will run from animals that want to eat them for dinner. No one has said how many statues to put out or if they should be life-like.

Does it work? Doubtful
Ground squirrels that live on the same property as dogs don't run and hide until the dog gets close. Chances are, the squirrel can probably tell if the predator is a fake or a real threat. A city park in my area tried statues to keep the geese away. A park manager told me that one morning, he saw a few geese cuddling up to the statue.

URINE - Spray urine around burrow entrances.

No photo available. You're welcome. ;)

You can purchase coyote urine in a spray or granule formula. Last week, a lady told me that they have been so desperate to get rid of the ground squirrels that are digging under their big oak tree, that her husband has been peeing around every hole. 

Does it work? Maybe for a little while.
From what I've heard, the coyote urine needs to be reapplied every few days and it may seem to work for a little while, but in less than a week, the ground squirrels start digging again. How did it go for the lady with her husband trying to personally deter the ground squirrels? Well, she called me looking for help and we had a good laugh about her husband's dedication to getting rid of their squirrels. Guys will use any excuse to go outside! 

Let me know if you've tried any home remedies to get rid of your ground squirrel problems.

If you are in the Madera, California area and need continuing education units, I'll be talking about ground squirrels at the Madera County Agriculture Office this Monday, 11/14/16. Call or email me for more info.

(925) 634-9204


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