Squirrel Removal – Guidelines and Treatments to Get Rid of Squirrels


Squirrels are gregarious, clever creatures, and many children delight in going to the park with a bag of peanuts in tow, hoping to attract the interest of these bushy-tailed bandits. For homeowners, however, they can prove to be a nuisance. If you would rather not have to deal with squirrels on your property, there are some ways to deter them.

Some people find squirrels annoying simply because they have a tendency to hog birdfeeders, leaving little for intended recipients to munch on. If you’d rather see chickadees and cardinals chowing down on your seeds and nuts, there are some simple measures you can take. The best option is to install a squirrel-proof feeder. There are several designs that are meant to keep the squirrels out while allowing just enough room for songbirds, which are smaller and more versatile by virtue of their ability to fly.

The only trouble with squirrel-proof feeders is that they often do not stay squirrel-proof for long. Squirrels have an uncanny ability to find clever work-arounds, often engaging in stunning acrobatics in the pursuit of food that was set out for birds. Squirrel-proof feeders employ a variety of mechanisms, including spinners, bars, tilters, weight-bearing gadgets and many other components that have been shown to foil squirrels.

It takes some trial and error to figure out what will work for you. You may eventually find that the entertainment value in watching the squirrels go through so much effort in pursuit of their goal is worth the trade-off of some bird food. Bear in mind that most squirrel-proof feeders will set you back at least fifty dollars, and some of them run well into the hundreds. For a cheaper solution, you might want to try hanging a bird feeder from a wire or, if the birdfeeder is mounted, rubbing Vaseline on the pole.

While specially designed feeders can be effective in deterring squirrels, if you want the creatures to stay away from your yard entirely, you may need to take a more active role. By setting humane traps, you can take advantage of their foraging skills to capture squirrels on your property. Just leave some peanuts in the traps, wait until one of them takes the bait, and then take the squirrel to a wooded area nearby. You can also set these traps inside if you have squirrels that you’re having a difficult time cornering. If humane treatment is your goal, though, it’s best not to take the squirrels too far.

If you simply want to keep squirrels away from your house, there are many ways to safeguard against their intrusion. One proven method is to concoct a repellent from one jalapeno pepper, one yellow onion and a tablespoon of cayenne pepper. Chop up the onion and pepper and mix the ingredients with two quarts of water, then spray in the problem areas. This acts as a strong deterrent, though it only lasts for a few days, so you may need to apply it on more than one occasion.

One complaint of many homeowners is the phenomenon of squirrels taking up residence in attics. One way to combat this is by plugging up holes; this is best done during the hottest days of summer, when squirrels are likely to spend most of their time elsewhere because attics typically become uncomfortable. Before you start plugging holes, however, check for nests, and if there are any baby squirrels, wait until they are old enough to leave the nest before proceeding. Holes can be blocked up with pieces of wood or cloth, and spraying the area with repellent with further deter squirrels from trying to enter.

While there are more aggressive methods that can be used to deal with squirrels, there is no reason to resort to these measures. A better awareness of how the squirrels are getting in can help you keep them out with a minimum of pain for everyone involved.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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