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Do squirrels eat flowers?

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Yes, squirrels eat flowers. Although most species of squirrel prefer seeds such as acorns, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pine cone seeds, they have been known to eat fruits, vegetables and flowering plants when these seeds are unavailable or scarce.

Although squirrels eat flowers, there are certain types of flowers, such as the daffodil or marigold, that repel predators with what's perceived as a foul taste or odor. There are many other ways for gardeners to prevent squirrels from destroying their plants such as by spraying them with hot pepper wax or keeping a dog in the yard to scare them away.


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