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How To Keep Away Squirrels



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Squirrels are members of the rodent family and can be a bother year round. They live mainly in trees and procreate in abundance. Although they breed throughout the year, they produce more offspring in the winter and summer. Squirrels survive by dining on seeds, fruits and fungus. They stash their goods in trees and holes in the ground. The issue with squirrels is that they have become acclimated to humans. As a result, living among or with them isn’t a problem in the eyes of a squirrel. They will go so far as to bring nesting materials into a home. And if an access route isn’t large enough to fit into, they’ll make it so. Yet, there are way to repel squirrels from your yards and your homes.

How to keep squirrels away from chewing on your wood
This is difficult. Your best bet is to spray something on the wood that discourages chewing. Your best bet is either a product called Ropel, or a mix of super hot sauce, like habanera pepper spray, or just plain old mace (pepper spray). Wear eye protection and a mask before you apply this stuff to your wood! As far as I can tell, it will not cause any damage to wood or paint.

Squirrel Free Yards Even With Vegetable And Flower Gardens
Both vegetable and flower gardens are attractive to squirrels because they are a source of food. There are simple things that you can do to repel them from destroying all of your hard work. Using black and cayenne pepper is safe for both types of garden. Other scents that will deter squirrels from your gardens are nutmeg, cinnamon, Serrano and crushed jalapeno peppers. These can also keep the squirrels from digging and placing nuts in your garden beds because of the sting of the pepper.



For flowerbeds, you can combine 3 teaspoons of pepper sauce, a teaspoon of chili powder and ½ a teaspoon of dish detergent with 2 cups of water. Using a spray bottle, this mixture can keep squirrels away from planted bulbs and trees. Even used cat litter can keep your flowers safe. However, it is not to be used on vegetable and herb gardens. The texture of human hair, animal hair and dryer lint are also very unappealing to squirrels. They have been known to stay away from bulbs that have been planted with any of the three wrapped around them.

Why Squirrels Chew Car Wires
To a squirrel, a car is the same as an attic or a house. A car provides shelter from the elements and also from many predators. A car has great seats that can be ripped apart and the stuffing used for wonderful soft and warm nests for the litter. It is a place to hide and to safely raise the babies. Even food can be hidden in a car. If the car is there for safekeeping because it is not being used, especially in a garage, then the squirrel mom has hit the jackpot because no one will disturb her for a very long time. A squirrel will most likely chew on more than just the car wires but wires are the easiest to reach. It chews on wires and cardboard, gas pedal and dashboards because it has to chew on something. Car wires are under the dashboard and glove compartment and fairly easy for squirrels to reach. The squirrels can chew on them to wear down their front teeth that keep growing during the squirrel’s entire life time and must be constantly filed down in order for the squirrel to be able to manipulate nuts and other foods. For this reason, squirrels will chew on car wires.

Indoor And Outdoor Repairs
Any hole that can be used as an entrance should be plugged. This includes chimneys and attics. Using heavy gauged metal screens and hardware cloth should be appropriate. Climbing and jumping come naturally to squirrels. Trees branches that are in close proximity to the house should be removed. Also, sheet metal can be used at the trunk of trees to prevent squirrels from climbing up. This would require the piece of sheet metal to be at least 2 feet high.



Squirrels have adapted to life with humans and are quite at ease in their presence. If you are dealing with an infestation of squirrels, the best way to begin is to set traps and then take preventative measures. Other than that, the steps mentioned above can help you solve the issue you’re having with the furry creatures. Repelling squirrels is easy with the use of various spices and tricks; giving you an option for keeping them away that’s inexpensive.

More in-detail how-to squirrel removal articles:
Information about squirrel trapping - analysis and methods for how to trap.
Information about how to kill a squirrel - with fumigants or poison.
Information about how to catch a squirrel - remove one stuck in the house.
Information about squirrel repellent - analysis of types and effectiveness.

This site is intended to provide squirrel education and information to keep squirrels away, so that you can make an informed decision if you need to deal with a squirrel problem. This site provides many squirrel control articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable to do so, which is likely with many cases of squirrel removal, please go to the home page and click the USA map, where I have wildlife removal experts listed in over 500 cites and towns, who can properly help you with your nuisance squirrel. For more information, go back to my main how to get rid of squirrels page.

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