How To Prevent Squirrel Pests From Inflicting Damage To Homes And Lawns
Squirrels may be cute to look at, with their fluffy tails and funny antics, but not everyone might like having them living right in their yard. Squirrels can cause damage to buildings, gardens, invade attics, carry fleas and diseases, and will feed on a variety of fruit, nuts, and many other plants. They can be a bit of a pain to homeowners, and it’s not hard to understand why people might not want them living on their property. Thankfully, there are measures you can take to keep squirrels from invading your space.
The most likely places a person would encounter a resident squirrel is their front and back yards. There are many ways we may be making our yards into perfect places for squirrels to survive and thrive. A few small changes can take care of the majority of your squirrel problems in your yard. You want to make sure to first trim the trees in your yard so that they are at least 8 inches away from your roof and other neighboring trees. This will keep squirrels from being able to jump onto your roof, and from traveling from one tree to another, hindering easy access to your home and other trees they can use for nesting or sustenance. By attaching loose-fitting metal collars with springs attached to the trees in your yard will prevent them from climbing your trees period. To keep squirrels from finding a way inside, make sure to close any holes or openings with wire mesh. If your yard is overrun with squirrels, you may need to get some traps to try and control their population, of which you can find live and kill traps.
If a squirrel manages to make its way inside your home, you definitely don’t want to chase after it with a broom, trying to get it outside, as this will just cause it to panic and likely cause damage to your home in the process. It is best to keep calm in this situation and provide the squirrel with an exit. You want to block off whatever room it is in and open a window or door that it can find its way out through on its own as you wait patiently. Getting squirrels out of your attic can be trickier, especially in the Spring when they are having their babies. You’ll need to first find the squirrel’s nest and see if there are any babies. If there are, then you will need to wait until they are old enough to leave the nest (around 12 weeks old) to make them leave. If there are no babies and the squirrel is away from it’s nest, you can just find and seal up the entrance it is using with sheet metal or ¼ inch hardware cloth, making sure to extend the seal a good 6 inches beyond the hole. If it is in residence, you can simply bang on the rafters in your attic to scare it into running outside, after which you seal up the entrance. If there are babies, wait till they are old enough and then install a one-way door to the mother’s entrance outside. Once they have all left, you can just replace the door with the same seal over the entrance described above. Of course, dealing with wild animals is always tricky, so when in doubt or unsure whether you want to tangle with a squirrel by yourself, make sure to call in the professionals.
Have you ever found a squirrel in your house or attic? How did you handle their removal?
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