Tree squirrels are primarily a problem in lightly wooded or forested rural or suburban areas. These animals establish nests in tree hollows or build nests of leaves, twigs, and bark in trees. They are omnivorous, feeding on fruits, seeds, nuts, insects, and bark. Tree squirrels are agile climbers and jumpers; they can easily jump 6 feet from the ground to a branch or , or between branches. These animals damage gardens by digging up newly planted seeds and bulbs and sometimes entire plants. They may also strip the bark or leaves from trees and shrubs and feed on fruits and nuts.
To prevent tree squirrels from disturbing your garden use Ortho® Animal B Gon® All Purpose Animal Repellent according to label instruction.<br/> Additional options include: Keep tree squirrels out of newly planted seed and bulb beds by placing chicken wire over the planted area. Bury the edges of the mesh in the soil, or weight them down with bricks. Remove the wire before the plants are too large to fit through the mesh. Prevent tree squirrels from climbing up fruit and nut trees by placing 2-foot-wide bands of metal (made from material such as aluminum roof flashing) snuggly around tree trunks at least 6 feet above the ground. Prune branches so that they are at least 6 feet above the ground and 6 feet away from structures or the branches of other trees. If permissible in your area, you can also trap tree squirrels.