Why do squirrels eat some plants from my flower beds?

Written by amy deemer
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    Why do squirrels eat some plants from my flower beds?

    Squirrels eat plants and flowers from flowerbeds because they are vegetarians. They aren't picky eaters, and generally consume anything they see growing, as long as it tastes good. Squirrels consider your garden a free dinner buffet.

    Squirrels are cute but troublesome. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of su neko)

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    Squirrels eat mostly nuts, twigs, bark, buds, roots and a variety of fruits and vegetables. They love to nibble dried corn and will often take a bite from each tomato in your garden.

    Squirrels eat nuts. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Steffen Zahn)

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    Flower bulbs seem to have an added appeal for squirrels; not only do squirrels love eating them, they love digging to find them. Squirrels dig to hide their food, so finding a bulb while digging is a delicious reward.

    Squirrels love bulbs. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Toni)

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    Squirrels are attracted to blooming flowers. They will eat a bud or a flower in full bloom and often clip off the remaining part of the plant and eat the leaves.

    Squirrels nibble flowers. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Diana)

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    Once squirrels get a taste of your plants, they are not going to stop eating them. They will continue to feed on your flowers and plants until they are gone or you stop the squirrels.

    Squirrels eat a lot (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dean Kerrigan)

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    Squirrels are only active during daylight hours. You may be able to frighten them away from your garden if you can catch them there during the day.

    Squirrels like daylight. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Andrew Ratto)

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