Squirrel Control Methods
Squirrels are one of a wide assortment of garden pests. These rodents (yes,
squirrels are rodents) are extremely persistent. They climb up, through,
and over just about every obstacle you make to keep them out. Not only
do they pester your gardens, but squirrels are a nuisance at bird feeders
and in flowerbeds.
Home owners and home gardeners struggle to control their population, and
to keep them away from plants, vegetables, and the flower bulbs you so carefully
planted for next spring. They gnaw and chew through just about anything,
Here are some tips and ideas that you can try in the war against the squirrel:
1. Trapping: Hav-a-hart traps are an effective way to eliminate squirrels
in your yard and garden. After you trap them, you are rid of them for a while.
Eventually, new squirrels move into the empty territory vacated by the squirrels
you trapped. But ah, how wonderful it is while they are gone!
Important: Before you trap squirrels or any other animals, make sure
to check your local laws. Many localities allow you to trap animal pests,
but do not allow you to transfer or release an animal into another area.
In these cases, the local animal control office must be notified.
Tip: Put walnuts or peanut butter into the traps. Squirrels find these
2. Pepper Sprays Pepper sprays and other sprays will discourage
them. One taste or smell, and they may scurry to your neighbor's garden.
Apply sprays on plants and fruit. But use caution on vegetables, as a residual
"Pepper" taste can linger. Apply every one to two weeks, and after rain.
Find a Pepper spray recipe
3. Fences and screens: These have a limited effectiveness. Squirrels
easily climb over a fence. Only if the plant can be completely screened,
will you keep squirrels out. In most cases this is impractical, and it is
also not aesthetically pleasing. The fencing must also be metal. Squirrels
will effortlessly chew through wood and plastic netting.
4. Hunting: If you can hunt in your area, this will obviously
eliminate them..... if you are a good shot. Check your local laws, for rules
5. Cats: A natural predator that will help keep them away, only if
the cat is a good hunter.
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