How Can I Get Rid of Pesky Squirrels?

Repellents and no-kill traps remove squirrels humanely.
Repellents and no-kill traps remove squirrels humanely. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

You may think a few squirrels on your property are cute, but these rodents can turn into a nuisance rather quickly. Squirrels leave droppings on your property and, worst of all, are known for making a home out of attics. This results in chewed wood and other damage to a house's structure. Humane removal requires careful inspection, relocation and repellent. These three techniques, when combine, make your home inhospitable to squirrels and ensures any new squirrels skip your home when looking for a new place to live.

Things You'll Need

  • One-way humane trap
  • Bird seed
  • Metal mesh
  • Squirrel repellant
  • Squirrel-proof bird feeder
  • Hot sauce

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Set one-way humane traps in the attic and any other room in the house the squirrels have infiltrated. One-way humane traps are small cages with one point of entry but no exit. Attract the squirrels by placing a small amount of food inside the trap, such as bird seed or bread. Also make sure to use smaller traps to ensure the squirrel cannot thrash about the cage and cause self-inflicted injuries.

Locate the point of entry in the home and fill the hole with wire mesh. Squirrels can chew through various materials, but metal mesh is not one of them. Fill the hole completely to prevent new squirrels from gaining entry.

Spray squirrel repellent around your home garden, lawn, trees and other areas the squirrels frequent. Squirrel repellent contains predator urine to ward off squirrels and other small rodents. A single application of repellant keeps the squirrels at bay.

Trim overhanging tree branches on your property. Squirrels tend to live in trees and enjoy the cover long branches provide. Removing these branches also removes one of the squirrel's favorite living spaces.

Clean all food around the property as this attracts squirrels and other rodents. Ensure trashcans are sealed tightly and bird feeders, a favorite of squirrels, are not accessible. Either place bird feeders in squirrel-free locations or purchase a squirrel-proof feeder.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pour hot sauce on chewed wood to prevent further gnawing by squirrels. The hot sauce is unpleasant, but does not cause any harm.


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