How to get squirrels out of your yard
Squirrels are annoying! These creatures can cause many problems for your yard or garden. Squirrels love to snack on nuts, fruits, vegetables, birdseed and even your house! They are also great at finding and creating weaknesses around your home so they can set up a shelter or nest.
Here are some tips that'll help you remove squirrels from your yard.
Don't feed them
If you are hoping that squirrels will leave your yard or garden alone by feeding them something that you think they may not like, you may end up inviting more. If there isn't a source of food around for the squirrels to eat, then the they have no reason to be in your yard.
Avoid hanging bird feeders, scattering plant seeds or throwing food scraps into your garden or yard. If you can't do this, make that food source inaccessible to them so they can't munch on them.
Squirrels enjoy fruits, nuts and seeds, so if you have any trees that drop nuts or fruit, pick these up regularly. If you have a bird feeder, place it far from anything that squirrels can climb so they can't reach the feeders.
Ensure that the lids of your trash bins are tight to keep the squirrels out of your trash.
Plant flowers squirrels hate
There are some plants you can place throughout your garden and guess what? Squirrels don't like to taste and smell these plants.
Daffodils are one of the common flowers that can prevent squirrels to be in your garden. Daffodils and other members of the Narcissi family can deter not only squirrels but deers and rabbits as well. Squirrels do not like their taste or their smell.
Other flowers such as alliums, galanthus, hyacinth, lily-of-the-valley, and geraniums are also great squirrel deterrents. They will play a great role in keeping squirrels out of your flower pots, yard, garden or even home.
Get a pet
If you are not interested in using different methods for your squirrels problems, consider getting a dog or a cat. Having a pet is a great and natural way to keep squirrels away from your yard. Your pet will chase them and keep them away from your garden. Even their presence alone will prevent squirrels from entering your yard.
A motion-activated sprinkler system is a good option for keeping squirrels out of your yard. The sprinkler system will frighten the squirrels so they may fear getting sprayed with water and realize this may not be the place for squirrels. Using this method may scare the squirrels off enough for them to leave for good.
Keep squirrels out of your garden by installing squirrel-proof fences and netting around your garden. Seal up all any holes you find around the house to block their entry points. Keep your roof and trees in good repair, and block any entryways into your attic.
A squirrel feeder may be a good option to outside of your yard may lure them away. Also, purchase bird-feeders that are squirrel-proof in order to prevent them from getting at the food.
A great idea is to take a small amount of cayenne pepper, sprinkle or spray around your flowers and your house because it can irritate to the squirrels. Squirrels don't like cayenne pepper so they either may either move or stay away from your house.
Before investing in traps, check with your state’s Department of Conservation or contact experts in wildlife control. These people will have the right knowledge and experience to capture squirrels. As squirrels are often hunted in many countries and may be protected by the law.
Now you are aware of different methods to get rid of squirrels from your property. That means you have lots of options to prevent the squirrels from destroying your yard, home or garden.