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Question DetailsAsked on 9/26/2013

How to get rid of squirrels in the yard w/o killing them?

In the SF Bay Area, my lawns have been destroyed by squirrels around this time of year as they dug up large patches of grass apparently looking for food. My gardener said we should use moth balls to chase them away, but I'm not sure if it's safe.

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Moth balls are drenched in a pesticide. Search for video "squirrel catapult" if you at least want a moment of imagining your yard squirrel-free.


I have =four= greyhounds, all retired racers. They can accellerate to 40 MPH in two steps. I still have squirrels coming into my yard. They don't bother the grass because I've got fruit trees. And if the squirrels stay up in the fruit trees, they get the added joy of just driving the dogs bananas.


Consider that you might have a lawn pest, and they're looking for grubs. Don't expect your gardening service to identify it, most just water, fertilize, edge and mow. Ask at a local garden center what pests you could be looking for.

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