Tips to keep squirrels away from your property
Squirrels are more aggressive and assertive than most people realize. They may be cute, but they can also build nests in attics and eat birdseed. Though not the most destructive of potential pest problems, they can still be annoying. Like any animal, they can also be dangerous if cornered, and a child or dog that ends up getting bit or scratched could get infected with rabies. Though a worst-case scenario, it’s worth making sure squirrels enjoy the nature around your home and not the nature within your garden. This not only protects your family and the bird feeders but it also protects the squirrels.
Don’t Feed Them
This is rather obvious, but squirrels, like most animals and teenagers, are attracted by food. If your home has fruit or nut-bearing plants, they’re going to come knocking for lunch. Regular maintenance of a property and squirrel proof bird feeders will prevent them from getting food. No food, no reason for them to stick around. Also, make sure any garbage is secured as well since a rotten apple core in the trash is just as edible to them as one that just fell off the tree.
Make the Yard Uninviting
That may sound sinister, but it’s actually pretty easy. Wire mesh around trees makes it hard for squirrels to climb them, so they’re less likely to crawl around your yard as a result. You can also plant daffodils or hyacinths. These plants produce toxins squirrels don’t like, so if you have a nice flower garden area to plant a fair few within, the
squirrels should get the message. A wooden owl is also a good idea since its presence will catch the little critters off guard. Supposedly a pet that chases squirrels is also good, but squirrels are a lot smarter than people realize. They often enjoy taunting pets. You can’t taunt a wooden owl.
Motion-activated sprinklers are considered an option by some. Squirrel shows up, squirrel gets wet, they get the message. This method can be a little involved and might risk hitting innocent creatures depending on the settings, so caution is advised.
Make Sure They’re Not Nesting
If the squirrels have a nest in a nearby tree or even your attic, they are much less likely to leave and stay away. Check for large buildups of leaves and twigs for a potential nesting site. If there is a nest, consider calling a wildlife removal professional to safely remove it from the area. While the risk is low, dealing with an animal’s home is never a good idea.
Squirrels are cute and playful looking, but they can also be annoying. This is especially true if they end up in your yard a lot. You don’t have to kill them to keep them away. Just removing any potential food sources and some other basic deterrents should convince them to seek greener pastures. As long as they don’t have a nest in your attic, your squirrel problem should be solved.