How to get rid of squirrels
Squirrels may be the cutest rodents ever. They run around in the trees and cleverly tease dogs and cats for hours. They can even be tamed to some degree as they beg for food in parks and eat happily out of squirrel feeders. However, at some point they will overrun the yard. They can get into garbage, eat any food left out for birds and destroy the plants that you take such care to grow. When this happens they no longer become the crafty little clowns of the trees but become pests. Luckily there are many ways to get rid of them.
- Rake up the acorns, other nuts, berries and any other food that a squirrel may be inclined to eat. This is how squirrels live is on these natural foods that grow around the neighborhood. Removing those bits of squirrel food will at least reduce the population of squirrels in your yard and encourage them to go elsewhere.
- Use sealable outside trashcans. Once you rake up the food squirrels like, making sure that the trash cans in which they go are sealed will help keep the squirrels from thinking that your hard work was all for their benefit. It will also keep them out of household trash that they may turn to in the absence of acorns and other foods they love.
- Squirrel-proof the bird feeders. Squirrels like the foods that are placed in bird feeders and are talented at getting to those foods. Buy a squirrel guard which is a plastic cone (very similar to the “cone of shame” placed on dogs) that goes around the pole of the bird feeder. Also, try to place the bird feeders away from trees so the squirrels cannot just reach to the feeder.
- Wire fences placed around the garden can also keep the squirrels out of the garden without removing them from the property completely. The wire fence should be buried at least one foot underground or our tricky friends will find a way to get under it.
- Lure the squirrels away from the places you do not want them to go. Place squirrel food or feeders fill with their favorite foods in places away from the bird feeders and garden. The squirrels usually become so distracted by the food that they want that they will stop going after what you want them to leave alone.
While these methods are mainly meant for squirrel problems outside of the house, there are ways to keep squirrels out of the house. Some of those methods involve making sure there is no food in the attic, removing branches away from the house and setting a guard over the chimney to block them from crawling into the chimney.
How to Get Rid of Squirrels
Removing squirrels completely would be a sad event. After all, who then would our dogs and cats chase and who would tease and torment them from the trees? However, when the squirrels become little chattering trouble makers, it is time to get them under control.
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