How to Get Rid of Squirrels - Squirrels may be cute animals with a bushy tail, but they can also be rather pesky rodents that ruin the look and feel of your home. They love to get themselves into trouble, and can ruin the look of your home by knowing at your fencing or siding, eating the food in your garden, and knocking things down that are hanging from your eaves or railing. On top of that, they can also make a terrible raucous that will ruin the peace and tranquility of your home. They can be an absolute mess. If you want
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for Baltimore squirrel control and critter trapping. Getting rid of these rodents before they cause too much damage to your home can become priority No. 1. If you find that you need to get rid of these critters here are some things you can do to make that happen.
First, remove all sources of food that are readily available to them. You want to make sure that if you have berry or nut trees that you rake up the food so that there is not any freely available for the squirrels. If you have trashcans that are outside, make sure that they seal so that the squirrels cannot get into them.
If you have a bird feeder you will want to make sure that you squirrel proof it. Squirrels are very creative and smart about how they can get into things, so you will need to make sure that you make their access to your bird feeder very challenging, if not darn near impossible. You will also need to make sure that you keep the area underneath the bird feeder seed free. If the squirrel cannot get into the feeder they will happily accept the excess the birds are throwing out of the feeder and onto the ground. Consider using safflower seeds in the feeder. Birds love them, squirrels do not.
If you have a garden then you will need to put up a fence. Chain link is preferred. Make sure that the fence is at least a foot below the surface so they cannot get underneath it, and ensure that the links are no more than an inch apart.
Many experts will tell you to use commercial repellants. I say don’t waste your money. These repellants are costly and quite ineffective for the most part. In its place I would suggest using your own homemade concoction. Boil some jalapeno peppers in water and then add hot sauce to the mix. Spray that over areas where the squirrels have been known to go, including the garden area, under trees, and near your garbage cans. One taste of that and they will have second thoughts about returning.
Under the guise of if you can’t beat them then join them, consider feeding the Baltimore squirrels yourself. Put up a specific feeder in a location where you are not worried about them going to, and let them feed there. This will keep them away from the places you don’t want them to go because they will have a ready supply of food available to them.
If you want to scare them away, then one of the best ways to do this is by use of motion-activated sprinklers. These sprinklers come on when the sensor detects something moving. The squirrels will get sprayed every time they come to your home and that should frighten them enough to keep them away.
If you find that squirrels are getting into your attic, then you need to realize that there is probably something in the attic that is attracting them. It may not necessarily be food either. This means a thorough cleaning out of the attic would be a good first start. Save yourself some hassle.
If you have tree branches that are near your home then you should probably cut them. If you are providing a pathway to your roof or attic then you can be sure they will take it. For those that have electrical or telephone wires heading to your home then look to get a special guard that can keep the animals from using them to climb to your home. They may not be circus performers, but they can walk a tight rope with the best of them.
One favorite place that squirrels like to use to enter your home is the chimney. This means that you need to put a wire mesh over the chimney to keep them out. Before doing so make sure that there is no squirrel already in your chimney. If there is you will need to put a trap in there to catch it. They can get down but are not able to get back up. If you need help call animal control and they would be happy to assist you.
I am not saying that this will keep your home squirrel proof, but it sure should help. If you are unable to do it yourself, call us for professional Baltimore squirrel removal.
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