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How to deter squirrels from your property

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How to deter squirrels from your property

Are you tired of squirrels running wild on your property? They can quickly fill up on birdseed, destroy your plants and get in your house. It's no wonder so many people want to deter these critters from their property. In this blog, we'll discuss some helpful tips on how to do just that.

One of the things you need to do is consider what could be attracting them to your property. You may be able to remove some of these attractants. For example, if you have fallen berries, nuts, or fruits rake them up regularly. Pet food can also be an attractant as well as compost and uncovered trashcans. The more attractants you can remove or cover up, the better chance you have of squirrels staying away.

Keep squirrels out of your attic by making sure that tree limbs are not within 10 feet of your house. Also, be sure that your chimney guard is in proper working condition. Cover up any holes with steel mesh. Squirrels will chew through plastic, cloth, or wood to gain access to warm indoor spaces. Be sure to cover nearby electrical or telephone wires with plastic tubing so squirrels cannot balance, this can limit access to your roof. Another thing to keep in mind is that squirrels hate strong odors. You can place ammonia-soaked rags in tin-foil pie trays at different locations in your attic or basement. Once the squirrels leave you can cover and secure any entry holes with wire mesh.

Keep squirrels out of your bird feeders by placing them away from trees and using a squirrel baffle on your current feeder. Our Squirrel Guard Baffle can protect both pole-mounted and hanging bird feeders. They have a slippery surface that defeats the most persistent squirrel from accessing your feeder. Another way to keep squirrels out of your feeders is to use ingredients they don't enjoy like Nyjer seed, millet, safflower, canary seed and canola seed. Hot pepper flakes can also be added to birdseed. It's a non-toxic ingredient and will not harm or kill birds.

As you probably know, squirrels love to get into the garden. Keep squirrels out by using mulch or stones to make it harder for them to dig up the bulbs. You can also put up a protective barrier of chicken wire or hardware cloth after planting. In addition, netting can be used to keep squirrels out of your garden. Hot pepper flakes can also be used on your plants to deter squirrels from eating them.

Two other things you can try to keep squirrels off your property are planting mint and setting up a motion-activated sprinkler. Squirrels tend to avoid the strong smell of peppermint plants. So consider planting them near the areas you want the squirrels to avoid. A motion-activated sprinkler can scare them away from the area.

These are just a few ways you can deter squirrels from your property. If you're looking for a squirrel baffle or for more ways to deter other pests, please visit our website.