Squirrels are cute, but they can be a nuisance at times. They may get stuck in your house, mess around with your fruit trees, and even ruin your beautiful garden. If you have bird feeders, the problem only becomes worse. It is important to find a way to deal with squirrels before the infestation gets out of hand. It is not humane to kill squirrels, and so you need to find a method that will ensure the squirrels don’t get hurt unnecessarily.
- The first thing that you need to do is take away all the food sources as well as sources of water from the yard. If you are fond of birds and own a bird feeder, you need to buy one that is squirrel proof. These are available at various gardening stores.
- Live trapping is yet another option that you can try. The live traps should be placed in the areas where there is a lot of squirrel activity. You can use orange slices, melon pieces, almonds, and even walnuts to bait the squirrels. The live trap needs to be checked regularly, especially at dusk and dawn.
- Squirrel repellents are also a method that you can explore. You can try things such as chili peppers. The chili should be diced and then placed within a bottle where water should be added. Be sure to shake well after water has been added. You should spray this around the home and in the garden. You can re-spray after each time it rains to ensure it remains effective.
- All openings in the basement, crawl spaces, attic, and all other places should be sealed off using steel mesh wire and caulk to make sure that the squirrels don’t try to make a home within your home. These are things that you can access very easily at a hardware store near you.
When you hear jumping, bumping, scratching or chirping around the property, you probably have squirrels and you need to get rid of them before things get out of hand.
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