Sure, they're adorable, with their cheeks full of nuts and hairy tails. But unlike Alvin and his band of sibling brothers, squirrels can be a threat to their property. Small and striped creatures eat everything from insects to garden plants and can damage electrical wires and dig under your home.
Listed squirrels live mainly in trees, shrubs, trunks and underground burrow systems. But you can also find them running around courtyards, under brush, near garbage and near houses.
"Squirrels rarely damage the property, but occasionally they can damage ornamental plants in the process of harvesting fruits or nuts, or they can dig in flower beds or under sidewalks and porches," he says. John griffin, senior director of urban wildlife programs for the Animal Protection Society.
In general, squirrels are cute and tolerable little creatures. But if you find them wreaking havoc on your property, there are some things you can do to scare away your little tails.
Identify an infestation.
There are some signs that these hairy creatures have settled on their property. If your yard suddenly has holes in several places, fundamental damage, chewing marks, traces of debris and food stocks, then you probably have an infestation.
Squirrels are also known to dirty the garden. They will eat flower and seed bulbs and leave nut shells.
Listen carefully, because you can also hear squirrels burning around your property. There may be scratch noises above the ceilings, behind the walls and under the floors, or sharp noises between the squirrels to indicate danger.
Make your landscape less attractive
The natural habitat of squirrels is in open wooded areas with trees and shrubs. But your property can also be a good home. Squirrels are attracted to courtyards that have objects under which they can hide and a large number of food sources.
"They usually bury themselves in the ground, so keeping the landscape simple will help not hide their dens," he says. Drew cowley, president of Cowleys Pest Services and Little Rascals Nuisance Wildlife Removal Services, in New Jersey.
Shrubs, logs and stumps can serve as good hiding places for squirrels. Cleaning debris from the yard and soil clutter near courtyards, terraces and foundations can deter squirrels from digging under structures.
Trimming shrubs that can provide food sources and eliminate rock and wood piles can also help.
Avoid access to easy food sources.
Like other rodents, chipmunks often rely on humans to get their food, water and shelter. You can inadvertently invite them to settle down by leaving pet food easily accessible or spilled on your property.
Bird feeders will also attract squirrels, and Griffin recommends collecting spilled seeds and ensuring access to feeders. But there They are Seeds they don't like.
"Squirrels will certainly not favor thistle seeds as much as sunflower seeds, and they don't love safflower either," says Griffin. Certain birds, on the other hand, prefer those seeds.
Seal holes, close gaps
To keep squirrels away, experts recommend sealing as many entry points as possible, no matter how small.
"Close all the gaps around the HVAC pipes and pipes and under the doors," says Cowley. "Don't just think low, but loud. Squirrels love to climb canals and stairs to access food and water."
Seal the holes where internet cables, air conditioning lines and gas lines lead to the house. Keeping squirrels away also means keeping an airtight lid on the chimneys and sealing the vent lines and rain gutters with a wire mesh. This will prevent creatures from building nests and prevent possible water damage.
Commercial repellents labeled for use against squirrels, deer and rabbits can be effective. Dislike aversion repellents, such as Thiram, can be applied to landscape plants to discourage chewing and feeding.
If you want to take the most natural route, Griffin suggests planting bulbs like daffodils (for spring flowering), garlic and onions.
Put a suitable fence
Squirrels are known to be good excavators, but they are also good climbers. Therefore, fences are not 100% effective, but they can work if done correctly.
Experts suggest installing high fences on the ground. It is a good idea to place some squirrel traps around the fence, using seeds and fruits as bait. Nets on the top and sides of your fence can further discourage squirrels ready to climb fences.
Catching is probably the most effective method to remove squirrels listed from your property. Owners can use spring traps, box traps and mesh traps placed in burrow openings. The traps can be primed with peanut butter or other attractive foods.