Best ways to keep squirrels away from strawberries and tomato fruit

Squirrels can cause a lot of damage in the garden, especially when it comes to fruiting plants such as tomatoes and strawberries.

So how can you keep squirrels away from the ripe fruit and berries?

Here are three tried and tested DIY methods that work every time. 

Garden net

Building a garden net is the best way to stop squirrels from stealing ripe tomatoes and strawberries.

Here is what we did last summer to keep the squirrels away.

Fruit shopping bags

The fruit-netted shopping bags work wonders when it comes to preventing the squirrels from getting to fruit and berries.

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You can also use the Ziploc bags and Covid19 kit bags.

Put the bunch of new fruit inside a bag or the bag over the pot and seal it off.

Here is a photo of how we used the fruit-netted shopping bags.

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Netted shopping bag keeping Squirrels away from ripe strawberries

Bamboo wind chime (natural squirrel repellant)

A bamboo wind chime makes beautiful musical sounds in the rustle of the wind. Place the wind chime close to where the plants are fruiting.

The sounds and gentle movement of the bamboo wind chime are natural squirrel repellants.

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Bamboo wind chime on tomato frame to deter squirrels

Squirrel deterrent spikes

Tomato plants and strawberries grown in pots are very easy to protect with a few bamboo skewers.

Place the skewers with the pointed edge facing upwards to stop squirrels in their tracks.

The bamboo spikes are good squirrel deterrents. 

They will leave the ripe tomatoes alone.

Other squirrel deterrents

There are possibly many ways to deter rodent from tomatoes, strawberries, carrots and other fruit, berries and veggies.

The three are tried and tested methods that work every time.

Let us know if you have an effective way to keep squirrels away from tomatoes and strawberries

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