Squirrels only start to wear out their welcome when the population becomes overly large, or if they make their way into your home. If you have a large number of squirrels on your property, it’s simply because your yard provides access to food, water, shelter, or some combination of the three.
The first step to prevent squirrels from choosing your property is to ensure you do not create an environment for them.
Are Squirrels a Nuisance in Your Yard?
Generally, squirrels in your yard are not a problem, and it can be difficult to get squirrels out of your yard. Making your yard less appealing to squirrels is important. Squirrels in your yard can become squirrels in your attic.
Follow these tips to prevent squirrels from causing problems in your yard:
Seeds are a main part of a squirrel’s diet, and they will continue to come to your yard if you are providing them with food.
Squirrels are just as attracted to them as birds are.
Squirrels will be attracted to fallen nuts, fruits, and other food. Retrieve fruits and vegetables from your garden as soon as they’re ready.
If your pet eats outside, please ensure you remove their dish and water bowl after they are finished eating. If your family has a meal outside, be sure to take all used plates, utensils, and condiments inside and ensure the space is crumb-free.
Squirrels do not like strong scents like cayenne, peppermint, and garlic. You can buy repellents with these scents, or make a homemade repellent using these ingredients. Other squirrel repellents available may contain the urine of predators.
Apply squirrel repellents to your yard to help prevent a squirrel problem. However, over time, squirrels will become adapted to these repellents and will gradually begin to ignore them. Many people will use mothballs to try to deter animals like squirrels, but mothballs can be toxic to humans and animals.
In order to ensure the safety of your family and visitors, please do not use mothballs on your property.
6 Tips for Squirrel Prevention
- Trim any trees that provide access to your roof.
- Keep your yard clear of debris that can be utilized as nesting material.
- Ensure your bushes are trimmed and maintained. Squirrels love coverage for protection.
- Inspect your property for any potential entry points. If any entry points are found, have them repaired.
- If you have a chimney, ensure it has a sturdy, tight-fitting cap.
- If you have a crawlspace, ensure the crawlspace door fits tightly.
The Most Effective Squirrel Control
The most effective solution to a squirrel problem is population reduction. Trutech offers recurring programs to safely and humanely keep squirrels from causing a problem on your property. At the time of each service, we thoroughly inspect a property for any new damage or openings.
Squirrels can be very persistent. They are rodents, and they constantly need to chew in order to keep their teeth trimmed. Squirrels can chew through materials like wood, aluminum, plastic, and drywall. For this reason, it is important to maintain a squirrel-free home even after properly sealing a property. For guaranteed peace of mind solution, call your Trutech Wildlife Professional today.