I received a pumpkin from one of the realtors who always delivers pumpkins to the neighborhood. Mine is a small, lovely green stripy orange one, and true to form, a squirrel already nibbled a bit.
A little nibble that must have been interrupted. I took the pumpkin in, cut out the bitten part, set it in the yard for the squirrel to finish, while I hoarded the pumpkin in the fridge. Eating the Halloween pumpkin seemed rude, somehow–so I went on the internet to see what measures to take to guard against squirrels. The first time I got the gift pumpkin, a nice sized one, the squirrels demolished it in minutes, leaving only bits and the stem. Same thing the next year, even as my neighbor’s pumpkin remained unscathed. The third year, I don’t think I got a pumpkin.
I applied vaseline over the orange flesh & applied Hot Sauce, after duct taping the hole from the bite. Here’s what it looks like:
I’m not sure it really works. What do you think?