How do you get rid of squirrels?

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  • Nan W. Nan W. on May 15, 2020

    Kathy: 1. Take away their nuts!! 2. Maybe this will help: https://sunshineandrainydays.com/build-cinder-block-raised-garden-bed/

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 15, 2020

    Cayenne Pepper sprinkled around should keep them away.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 15, 2020

    It is virtually imposssible to be rid of them unless you move to an area where they do not live. They are pests, what you can do is take away anything that might attract them-bird feeders, tossing out bread for birds, cover growing fruit. Keep in mind although they do make a lot of distruction, you neighbor may think they are adorable and encourage them by feeding them.

  • Gk Gk on May 15, 2020

    Once spring arrives we stop putting out birdseed/sunflower seeds and suet for the birds. The squirrels stay away until fall and winter arrive because there is no food source. They come back to pick up acorns in the fall.

  • Heres a complete guide on how to get rid of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmlnRgxsF1k

  • Betsy Betsy on May 15, 2020

    Hi Kathy: Basically, you can't get rid of squirrels. Feed them somewhere else, and remember, everything needs to eat, so if you can, learn to enjoy the little buggers. I will say that they climb up my peach trees and throw peaches at me, but that's only when I forget to put something out for them:) If they are chewing on your plants, spray with a mixture of 3/4 water and 1/4 oil of clove (you can get it in the candy making section of the store, it's a bottle about 2 1/2 inches high and only costs a couple of bucks). Put this in a spray bottle and spray whatever you don't want chewed or clawed. Works for cats and dogs, too. Won't harm them, smells great, tastes terrible:( Good luck

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 16, 2020

    Hello Kathy,

    Get rid or Acorns in your garden!

  • Oliva Oliva on May 16, 2020

    Hello, Kathy,

    You didn't indicate if the squirrels are in your yard or your home.

    You can spray "Critter Ridder" on your yard, sprinkle chili powder, garlic powder, or cayenne pepper, plant a large swath of marigolds, basil, sage, or garlic plants.

    In your attic, they will chew on wiring and wood, so you'll need to lure them out and shoot them if permissable, or have them professionally trapped (much more costly).

    Once you're sure they're outside the house, install appropriately sized "hardware cloth" (heavy duty wire mesh screening) to the openings, using appropriately long screws to secure it in place. Better yet, fold over all edges before installing (make sure to wear heavy gloves, as edges are very sharp).

    Squirrels love to enter brick homes via gable vent areas. They'll also chew on older roof vent pipes, wood structures (including roof trusses, etc.). Make sure you've sealed all entry paths.

    You may want to use rocks rather than mulch near your house (which invites squirrels to dig), cut back all tree limbs within 10 feet of your house, etc., but note that squirrels can climb brick, quite easily... If you or neighbors feed birds or animals outdoors, they need to stop, immediately.

    Squirrels are attracted to flower bulbs such as crocus. REmove them, dip them in Thiram, before planting, or plant in mesh cages, underground.

    If you have acorn bearing trees, remove all acorns as soon as possible. Some people place smooth steel or aluminum wraps 6 feet from tree bases to stop squirrel damage, and some have unfortunately had to remove trees. Good luck.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on May 17, 2020

    Cayenne pepper will keep them away. Have you tried it?

  • DesertRose DesertRose on May 19, 2020

    Cayenne Pepper will rid any area of squirrels or any small rodents or mammals.

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