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What attracts squirrels to your feeding stations is food so you want to start with blocking the squirrels’ access to food. Install a high quality, truly squirrel proof bird feeder like the Squirrel Buster or squirrel-proof your existing hanging feeder with a SquirrelStop. You can also treat the seed-laden ground around the feeder with Ro-pel® or Critter Ridder®, repellents that squirrels find distasteful. And for very little money you can treat your bird seed with Squirrel-Away™, a harmless product that doesn’t bother birds but effectively repels squirrels. If your feeders are in an open area not accessible to household pets then an ultrasonic device like the Yard Gard, can help to keep squirrels away. Avoid the temptation to trap squirrels in a bird feeding area, especially if they are numerous. No sooner will you have a few trapped than the seeds will lure more in, and you will find yourself trying to “empty the sea with a spoon”.
Lawn and Yard Squirrel Control
Key to control is to block access to any source of food or nesting material either by removing it or by applying a repellent to or around it. Critter Ridder®, which repels both by taste and by smell but is not offensive to humans, is a good choice for discouraging squirrels from burying or digging up their nuts. It is also effective in keeping them away from garbage. Predator urine can be used to drive squirrels away from landscaped areas and lawns. If you are dealing with ground squirrels and know where they live, you may be able to gas them in their burrows. If your yard is fairly open you can use an ultrasonic device like the Yard Gard.
If you have a dedicated water line and a specific area from which you want to exclude squirrels a motion activated water sprayer can be very effective. Trapping won’t help because as soon as you remove some squirrels more will arrive.
Squirrels remove the stuffing from lawn furniture cushions to line their nests. Spray the cushions with Ro-Pel® which applies a bitter taste and puts an end to this behavior. Test a small, unobtrusive area before spraying.
If you have squirrels stripping the insulation from wires in your car or truck spray the wires with Ro-Pel®. It imparts an unpleasant taste and the squirrels will find other things to chew on.
Indoor Squirrel Control
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to rodents indoors. Victor Pest Chasers do a very good job of keeping out squirrels, mice and rats. If squirrels have have taken up residence, however, then you have a major problem. That’s because squirrels feel about their home the same way you do. They don’t want to leave; they may have family there; and they will apply all their energy and persistence to staying put. In some instances you will need to contact a local pest control company to remove them.
The traditional way of getting rid of squirrels is by trapping them. Bait the live traps with sunflower seeds or unshelled peanuts, and place one, two, or more of the traps inside the infested area and/or outdoors at the places used by the offending squirrels to enter and leave the premises. If you are dealing with flying squirrels (which are nocturnal) or red tree squirrels, use the smaller traps (17″ x 7″ x 7″). If the offenders are other tree squirrels or ground squirrels, use the larger traps (24″ x 7″ x 7″) which are also effective in trapping skunks and rabbits. If you plan to release the trapped squirrels alive, be sure to export them a good distance away–some say as far as seven miles–in order to prevent them from returning.
During the eviction process be sure to remove all food sources in order to reduce the surrounding squirrel population as much as possible and thereby lower the chances of re-invasion. Then, once you are sure every squirrel is gone, inspect the outside of your premises carefully for all actual and potential entry areas. These should be plugged up and treated with Ro-pel® to prevent re-entry by fresh invaders. If you can’t plug potential access ways (such as gutter down-spouts providing access to the roof) spray the area around them with Critter Ridder®. Be especially careful in your inspection and plugging up if the potential re-invaders are flying squirrels, because they have pliable bodies and can squeeze through very small openings.
At this point you should also take steps to make the old infested indoor area as unwelcome as possible to house-hunting squirrels. Now is the moment to hang up some Critter Ridder, apply some predator urine, or install an ultrasonic device–because while none of these will evict squirrels in residence, all will reliably repel squirrels seeking a new home.
Whatever you do don’t poison the squirrels unless you have a high tolerance for ungodly smells.