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Problems Caused by Squirrels

A squirrel’s strong climbing ability and curious nature get it into all kinds of trouble around homes and yards. These pests can chew through utility wires, invade attics, feed on garden plants, and dig up flower beds to bury nuts and seeds. As a result, homeowners have many reasons to seek squirrel deterrents.

Squirrel Repellent

Several squirrel deterrent options exist to lessen the damage. However, none are perfect solutions and some issues may affect their success.

  • Fencing – Chicken wire fences keep squirrels from digging up newly planted garden vegetables, but aren’t as effective with full-grown plants.
  • Chemical control – Chemical squirrel repellents mimic the urine scent of predators. However, when they choose a nesting site, these pests may find nearby food more important than the potential danger.
  • Electronic squirrel deterrents – Noise-making devices make sounds that frighten these pests for a short time, but they quickly learn to ignore it.

Many squirrel repellents can be costly and time-consuming. In addition, they may not address some problems. For example, wrapping a fruit tree’s trunk in sheet metal prevents squirrels from climbing up the tree, but doesn’t stop them from simply jumping from another tree or tall structure to reach fruit.

Squirrel Removal

Many people try a more direct approach to control. There are plenty of squirrel traps on the market, but the pests may learn to avoid them. Some state laws also restrict trapping and relocation without a permit.

Squirrel repellents are a good method to reduce the number of these rodents nesting around the house, but homeowners should call the pest specialists at Trutech for complete removal.