File:Common Squirrel.jpgSquirrels are rats with bushy tails. They can also be quite adorable when not digging up your garden or or eating your strawberries. To discourage squirrels from digging in vegetable gardens or flowerbeds, insert a layer of bird netting on top of the soil. Cut holes into the netting where you intend to insert plants. The thin net barrier is a deterrent to burrowing.