Speedy squirrels can be tough pests to control as they cause damage to your home and garden. Luckily, there are several squirrel removal tactics to try if you already have a problem, as well as preventive steps to take to avoid an issue in the first place. Below are helpful tips you can use while exploring professional services.
How to Keep Squirrels Away
1. Remove Their Food Supply
Squirrels have insatiable appetites and will continue foraging and snacking somewhere so long as there’s a food supply. Their favorite foods include bark, seeds, acorns, insects, plant bulbs, berries, and fungi, so do your best to limit these without destroying your garden or cutting down large trees. Add squirrel-proof metal nets over the garden, and install metal flashing on trees so squirrels can’t climb them. Also, add a squirrel buffer to the bottom of your bird feeders, and pick up fallen acorns and pine cones in the yard.
2. Let Your Pet Loose
If you have a fenced-in yard, let your dog or cat outside. Their presence alone is often enough to keep squirrels away, and those brave enough to still forage will likely be chased from the property. If you can’t let your indoor pet out, spread some of their hair around your garden and yard. Squirrels don’t like the smell and will typically be deterred from the area.
3. Use Natural Deterrents
There are many squirrel removal tools lying around your home. For example, sprinkling cayenne pepper over your garden or applying hot sauce to surfaces they chew on will deter them from returning. You can also plant bright-colored flowers with strong odors that are known to keep squirrels away, including hyacinth, Lily-of-the-Valley, and geraniums.
If you’re still struggling with squirrel removal, contact the professionals at American Bio-Tech Wildlife Services in New Milford, CT. They specialize in bats, woodchucks, and squirrels, and take humane measures to keep wildlife off their clients’ properties. Call (860) 355-1231 to schedule an inspection, get more wildlife control tips on their Facebook page, and visit their website to learn more about their services.