Squirrels look cute on the woodlands. However, if they were to infest your home, they could cause a real problem. Most squirrels carry fleas and ticks that can be transmitted to you or your pets. In addition, they have a tendency to spray their urine and feces where they live, causing a salmonella risk. When a squirrel invades you home, you can get rid of it by using a homemade squirrel repellent and other methods that we are going to talk about in this article.
Watch a cute little squirrel eating nuts here, so you only want to repel them humanely.
Remedies to Get Rid of Squirrels
Remove All Sources of Food
If there are squirrels in your house, then you note that there are some things attracting them to your house. This is especially so during inhospitable weather, like during drought or winter. During these hard times, it might prove hard to eliminate squirrels mostly if they are getting food from your home.
Due to this, you need to eliminate all things that squirrels could consider to be food. Remember that squirrels have pretty sharp teeth that can gnaw through thick bags. Therefore, you need to remove closed food sources too.
Use Motion-Activated Devices
Motion-activated devices such as sprinkler systems can detect everything from squirrels to deer, removing any need to add physical barriers like fences or resulting into chemical intervention.
Create Noises for Squirrels in Difficult Places
Squirrels that could be hiding in your attic and any other narrow spaces around you home, such as crawlspace or walls, can be quite difficult to get rid of without getting into close contact with them. In this case, consider banging on the walls and rafters. Even entering your attic area and talking in a loud voice might be what you need to chase squirrels away from your house.
This method is effective as it helps provoke the flight response of the squirrel, making it to flee via the escape path you have offered.
Use a Humane Trap
There are a lot of different humane traps you can use to catch squirrels. These are properly designed to assist remove squirrels from your house. You can purchase a humane trap at your local or online store.
An example is a one-way door trap that lures squirrels in but does not allow them to get out. When using this type of a trap, consider taking the squirrel some few miles away from your home before releasing it.
Depending on the type of trap you purchase, its setup, and squirrel removal procedure might be a bit different. Always ensure you follow the steps stated on your trap for the best results.
Rake the Yard
Keeping your garden tidy at all times not only assists it to look nice, but collecting fallen berries, nuts, and other debris helps to put away squirrels as they know they won’t be getting much from your lawn.
Beside these remedies, homemade squirrel repellent is also a cheap and effective way to get rid of squirrels. Let’s discuss that next.
Homemade Squirrel Repellent
Sprinkle Cayenne Pepper
Some homeowners get rid of squirrels by sprinkling a mixture of red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, paprika, and many other kinds of spicy seasons around the base of plants. This tricks squirrels into thinking that your garden will not offer a tasty treat. You could also consider sprinkling pepper on a few fruits and vegetables too and place them strategically on the garden. Do this frequently and squirrels will not be interested in getting into your home.
Using Repellent Bags
You can make repellent bags using dog or cat hair, which carries the smell of natural squirrel predators. Save the hair from your pet every time you groom it until you have accumulated enough to fill several bags.
- Create a repellent bag by cutting an 8-10 inch square from a piece of cloth.
- Later, fill it up with a handful of hair in the center of the cloth, and then gather up the four edges of the cloth to enclose the hair.
- Tie a string round the knot to hold it closed and also for hanging.
Create several bags and hang them around garden beds, on bird feeders or on fence posts. You can also set the bags close to the ground where squirrels dig. Replace the bags frequently as the effectiveness of the bags continues to decrease.
Using Pepper Sprays
Commercial repellent depend on flavors and scents repugnant to pests. You can use a similar technique to create your own repellent at home.
How to Make Pepper Spray
- Combine a teaspoon of mild dish soap, 5 ounces of hot pepper sauce, and a gallon of water in a large container. Mix up the ingredients until they are properly combined.
- Pour this mixture into a spray bottle, and spray the solution on bird feeders, plants, and any other areas you might have seen squirrels.
- Test the spray to make sure that it does not cause any damage to plants or leave stains on surfaces.
- Repeat this process after two or three days, and this should help to get rid of squirrels around your homestead.
Pepper spray repellents don’t prevent all squirrel problems as some squirrels might brave the sprayed area to chase off the birds from your feeder or feast on your plants and flowers. Using this natural squirrel repellent with other tactics like plant protections and exclusion can help reduce squirrels in your garden.
A squirrel problem in your house has the potential to be a real significant hindrance to your quality of life. Noisy squirrels can be quite irritating and can prevent you from enjoying our home. Some squirrels can even chew throw your home’s walls or electric wires. Due to this, you shouldn’t consider squirrel infestation to be a simple problem that is going to fix itself with time. You worked hard to get your property, so don’t surrender it to squirrels. Use the aforementioned homemade squirrel repellent, and other remedies to get rid of squirrels around your home.
When you have verified that the squirrels are gone, consider cleaning the area where they lived and bred, mostly if they lived inside the house. This helps prevent contraction of diseases that could have been carried by the squirrels.