Squirrel Control


Squirrels are diurnal animals and are active year around. They usually build their nests in trees, using leaves and other materials. In the winter, they prefer nesting in holes or crevices of decaying tree branches. Squirrels give birth twice a year, in the spring (January-April) and in the fall (August-September). There are 2-4 babies per litter. The babies are self-sustaining at about 12-14 weeks of age and will leave the natal area in search of their own territory.

1.Squirrel-proof your bird feeders

Squirrels are unbelievably crafty when it comes to eating from feeders. Use these methods to keep them from eating the birdseed before the birds have the chance to find it:

  • Buy squirrel guard to attach to your feeder that prevent squirrels from being able to get a grip on them.
  • Don't place feeders close to trees or your home. Squirrels will be able to bypass the guard by leaping from the branches or your home's eaves to the bird feeder.
  • Keep the area under the bird feeder clean. It may be a pain, but picking up stray seeds that have been
     dropped by birds will keep squirrels from hanging out near your feeder.
  • Fill your bird feeder with safflower seeds. Birds are happy to eat these seeds, but squirrels find them bitter.

2.Protect your garden with a fence

Squirrels will dig up bulbs and tear off vegetables if you don't take measures to protect the garden. Use a wire fence and make sure it is buried about a foot into the ground, so the squirrels can't dig under it.

  • Buy squirrel guard to attach to your feeder that prevent squirrels from being able to get a grip on them.
  • Don't place feeders close to trees or your home. Squirrels will be able to bypass the guard by leaping from the branches or your home's eaves to the bird feeder.
  • Keep the area under the bird feeder clean. It may be a pain, but picking up stray seeds that have been
     dropped by birds will keep squirrels from hanging out near your feeder.
  • Fill your bird feeder with safflower seeds. Birds are happy to eat these seeds, but squirrels find them bitter.

3. Use squirrel repellant

Several products are available at hardware and home and garden stores. The one in the picture is the proven Squirrel repellent which is Non toxic, Safe to use around birds and bird seed and Effective in repelling unwanted squirrels from bird feeders and other areas.

This is made in the USA with the Capacity of 1 Quart. They are typically made with natural  ingredients that cause squirrels to stay away, safe and humane.

4.Try motion-activated sprinklers


These will spray squirrels when they get too close, with the added benefit of watering your lawn. you can also adjust the sensor so that it can detect animals, birds and rodents, too. this is considered as one of the most effective squirrel control techniques.





5.Feed the squirrels

Instead of trying to drive the squirrels away, consider feeding them to keep them out of your bird feeder and garden. Scatter squirrel feed around your yard, or buy a feeder and place it well away from your bird feeder and garden.
Click here to learn more about Squirrel Feeders.


Tips

Try prevention before removal. If you can figure out why the squirrels are there in the first place, you can get rid of them without having to use traps or cause any harm to them.