Keep Squirrels from Becoming Household Pests
While squirrels might look adorable munching on an acorn or even helpless when running from your dog, they can become a huge pain if they decide to invade your home or yard. Here are three steps you can take to prevent squirrels from becoming household pests.
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No one, including squirrels, likes to be publicly humiliated. If you have a pet, let it do the work for you. Any squirrel chased out of a yard by a dog or cat is bound to get smack talked by his squirrel buddies later. No pets? You’re in luck, because someone invented the Big Head Squirrel Feeder for our amusement and in hopes of embarrassing squirrels everywhere. If you’re going to have a bird feeder, you might as well have one of these too so while you watch squirrels lurk around your yard you can also get a kick out of their bobble-head look.
If you’re looking for a more serious, but less harsh method to keeping squirrels out of your way try a natural approach. Sprinkling a generous amount of cayenne pepper around your garden will keep squirrels from snacking on your plants. Another quality, all-natural squirrel repellent is a vinegar mixture. Combine vinegar with mashed garlic or jalapeno peppers and spray it around the area you want squirrels to avoid. If you’re more concerned with squirrels creeping into your house, be sure to prune trees around your home so that there is at least six feet between the tree and your house. Distances under six feet are considered to be a short jump for squirrels.
If humiliation and the natural approach don’t work, it might be time to take stronger action against the squirrels. Local pest control companies have many rodent control options. If you suspect squirrels have made it into your attic, you’ll probably hear scratching sounds during the day, when most other pests are asleep or inactive. Experts can inspect your home and provide tips for exclusion techniques. They can also help with trapping, which is a very effective way to keep squirrels from entering your home.
It’s always easier to prevent squirrels from becoming a regular at our house rather than act once they’ve already taken up residence. So whatever your preferred prevention method might be, try to be proactive about protecting your home from pests.
Brittney Sheffield is a freelance writer for Florida Pest Control, a pest control company that has provided pest management services throughout Florida for more than 60 years.