Animal Damage To Flower Beds

Pest Animals and Planting Bulbs

There is nothing more frustrating than planting some bulbs in the flower bed or in a border and the next morning come out to holes where the bulbs were planted. Raccoons and squirrels are able to detect the location of the bulbs and dig them up for a midnight snack. If this happens to you, then you should consider some precautions when planting bulbs in the future.

There are products designed to make the bulbs smell and taste bad, and thereby depriving your local pesties of lunch.


It is very frustrating to plant some flower bulbs in the bed or border and next morning find they have been dug up and chewed up by some critter usually a raccoon or a squirrel.

The trick is to coat the bulbs with an animal repellent as you plant them thereby setting up a situation that makes those bulbs unacceptable for any animal's lunch. We believe that any repellent designed to repel deer or rabbits will work on bulbs to deter raccoons or squirrels from having a bulb lunch.

Bulb Problems During The Winter
If you have mice, voles, squirrels, and other rodents in your garden, they may be a big problem during the winter months. Such rodents love the taste of bulbs, especially in winter when food is scarce. They won’t bother daffodil bulbs because they are poisonous. If rodents are chewing their way through your bulb beds, check out the pest animal files here in Yardener’s Helper.

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