Polk County Conservation

Squirrel Nut Hiding

  • Do squirrels really hide nuts all over and then pick them up later? Or are they just finding new ones now. I have all these little holes in my yard and flower beds where squirrels have picked out nuts. Also, are the little buggers stealing my tulip bulbs too?

    Yes, squirrels really do hide nuts all over the place and find them later on. Autumn is a busy time for squirrels as they try to collect enough acorns, hickory nuts, and walnuts to last them through the winter. They dig a hole in the ground and place only one nut in each hole. Some scientists believe squirrels use their sense of smell to find the buried nuts rather than using memory. Regardless of how they find them, squirrels can even find a nut through one foot of snow. Sometimes squirrels do take a liking to tulip bulbs. To prevent squirrels from digging up bulbs, lay a piece of chicken wire flat on the ground over your flower bed. Cover it up with mulch. That way, the flowers can grow up through the wire, but the squirrels can’t dig through it.

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