If you don't want to kill them you could try putting the fear of god into them! A few well placed shots with a paintball gun might thin them out a bit. That way you may get a few of your figs before they do. Good Luck squirrels are too smart for their own good! You accidently step on your pet squirrel and he has got you cracking his peanuts for him for a month! Yes I had a pet squirrel, His name was Bucky.