No matter how you slice it if you have a garden and trees within a quarter mile of where you live you will have squirrels. Heck you can have ground squirrels when there are no trees around. One thing is for sure once they discover your property you will always have them. One of the most common squirrels is the gray tree squirrels they eat seed, fruits, berries, and vegetables, or they enjoy big macs, french fries, and what ever manner of fast food scrapes they can dig out of garbage cans. They are scavengers that is for sure.
While they are cute and furry and provide us with hours of amusement as they try all kinds of gymnastics to get to the bird feeder to gorge themselves on food meant for our feathered friends this is just an act they put on to disarm you. Anyone who has been targeted by these little varmints quickly realize just how destructive they can be. If they think that there is food some place they will go to all kinds of lengths to get to it. My neighbor had them gnaw through the garage door to get to the bird seed he had stored inside. I once has squirrels in the attic they had torn off the screen over the vent. Talk about a smelly mess they are not the kind of animal that you want for a house pet.
Squirrels are notorious for sampling your garden vegetables as well. Many times they will not eat the whole thing just come along and take a bite out of them. It certainly can be infuriating. There is nothing the will get you to do a slow burn like walking out and seeing the tulip bulbs you spent the whole afternoon planting strewn all over the lawn and garden. Hard to think of them as cute and playful after that.
While it is hard if not impossible to stop them you can throw up some roadblocks and barriers to slow them down. You can try placing a wire mesh over your tulip bulbs after you plant them so the squirrels can’t dig them up. You can also place guards on your bird feeder poles that squirrels can’t climb around. Another more drastic option is to fence your yard and to get a dog to keep these pesky visitors away. I think though after a while the only thing you will realize is that now you have another mouth to feed and maybe a bill for the pet psychologist that you will have to take the dog to once it becomes completely frustrated trying to catch a squirrels. Aside from harassing us the squirrels biggest joy in life is torturing poor dogs that think they can catch them. I have watched squirrels on numerous occasion actually tease a dog til they are almost frothing at the mouth as the little critter will sit just out of reach.
I think in the end that we all must learn to live with these little nuisances and just hope the neighbors yard is more attractive.