We Got Ya Boo – 5 Ways For Critter Proofing Your Pumpkins

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You’ve done it, the pick of the patch is on your front door.  However, the threat to make it last until Halloween is your new priority.  Critters love a pumpkin to satisfy their appetite. Check out these tips on how to keep critters off your

We Got Ya Boo – 5 Ways For Critter Proofing Your Pumpkins

Tip #1 – Spray With Animal Repellent

Be sure to reapply every few days and especially after a good rain. The product will repel squirrels, not harm them. Keep in mind the odor may distract household pets.  A product to try is Critter Ridder by Havahart.

Tip #2 – Rub Vinegar On & Around Your Pumpkin

Not only does vinegar’s powerful scent deter animals it’s also helps prevent ants from making a picnic out of your pumpkin. Don’t apply too much vinegar as it may end up making your pumpkin appear a bit too creepy with an abundance of acid.

Tip #3 – Make It Taste Hot! Hot! Hot!

Rub your pumpkin with hot sauce or other spicy sauces to keep their taste buds away from your pumpkin. Reapply often as rainy days may bring your pumpkin down to a mild taste.

Tip #4  – Functional Decor

Make them scatter when you add a faux owl to your stoop.  Seeing this feathered friend protect your pumpkin can help keep critters at bay.  Best part is your owl makes for great Halloween decor.

Tip #5 – If You Can’t Beat Them, Feed Them

Once you’ve made your pumpkin as unappetizing and threatening then offer a diversion.  Serve up some food like Squirrel and Critter Corn they will love and keep them headed that way versus towards your pumpkin.

If all else fails, use their creative crunching and make a spooky zombie pumpkin.


For more tips, go to tips.acehardware.com

Published: 3/5/2020