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How to keep squirrels away from the attic
Squirrels are usual attic intruders; they love attics. They get familiar with humans really quickly and make the attic of your house their new home. If they cannot a find an immediate or easy way to get in, they will chew off an area to make a way for themselves. They might even jump in from a nearby tree straight into your attic. Attics make wonderful homes for squirrels because it protects them from the elements and other predators. However, as cute as squirrels are, they are still dangerous creatures that carry diseases and harm your home. If you don’t want pesky squirrels tearing up your attic, there are some things you can do to help prevent them from making your attic their home.
Sealing all the Entry Points
Another important thing that can be done is closing of all the entry and exit routes that the squirrels might be using. They go out during the day and sleep during the night, thus during the day time, go in to your attic and seal any areas that you see daylight escaping into the attic. Try to locate any kind of light that might be coming in through a small opening. Using wire grid to close all the entry points. Also, squirrels usually get to the attic through the roof. They use a tree whose branches are close to the roof of your home and jump from there. Squirrels are fast and can jump sideways about six feet. Look carefully at the trees surrounding your home for any branches that are within squirrel jumping length and then trim them back.
Installing Baffles To Keep Away Squirrels
Become a detective and seek out all possible ways that the squirrels might be using to enter your home. They might be using the wood shingles, trim on the corner, metal or plastic drain pipes or the chimney area. Install baffles at all possible points to discourage the critters from trying to get in.
What Will Keep Squirrels Away From the House or Garden
Much of this answer depends on what you want to keep the squirrels away from. If you want to keep them away from your house, cut down some of your trees and have all possible entry spots into your house sealed. Do not leave any food for pets outside anywhere. Bird feeders will attract squirrels as well because squirrels love to eat bird seeds. There are a number of squirrel repellants on the market, but none of them have been proven to be successful. Save your money.
If you want to keep squirrels away from your garden, you may have a little luck if you spray hot sauce or pepper sauce on your vegetables and flowers. Squirrels are not particularly partial to the spice when staching their food. However, squirrels do love flower bulbs. Some people advocate to plant some flowers over others in order to prevent squirrels to get at the bulbs but mostly, there is just very little you can do against the critters. You can trap them and relocate them but most likely, others will just move in and take the place of the ones you just moved out.
Is There A Trick To Removing Red Squirrels From Yard?
If you have a population of squirrels in your yard that has become something of a nuisance rather than the entertainment they probably were on arrival then you are probably wondering how to get rid of them. The first step is to see what attracts these rodents to your yard and then get rid of it. There are many gimmicks surrounding the removal of red squirrels from your yard and it is safe to say that many of them probably do not work.
This means that trapping and re-location is really the only option for getting rid of red squirrels. There are various types of trap available – including the kind that will trap more than one squirrel at a time. The idea is to leave some of your chosen bait just outside the trap – which at this stage is not set – ideas vary as to the best bait but peanut butter is found to be very popular. Leave the trap like this for a few days so that the squirrel gets used to it, then move the bait inside the, still not primed, trap – again leave it like this for a few days. Then prime the trap. Once you have trapped all your squirrel population you can relocate them as far as possible away from your yard.
Using traps is another way of catching squirrels. They are available at most any store and can be used easily. A trap is placed at one of the escape paths used by squirrels. All other exit points are sealed and thus it has no other option but to use this path. Also, food or bait is put in the cage to lure them. Once the squirrel enters the trap, the door shuts automatically and it gets trapped. There are traps available in the market that can catch more than one squirrel at a time.
Once the squirrels are gone, you must immediately close down any possible openings left that can be used to enter the house. The attic should be cleaned carefully. Remember the ammonia trick? It might be useful to give the floor and sides of the wall a quick brush with ammonia to help discourage them from returning. Also, squirrels love to chew on things and wires and cables are likely candidates for their menu. Check all of the wires and cables around the house to see if any are damaged and replace them if they are.
Foul Smells that will have Squirrels Scurrying Away
One way of chasing squirrels out is the use of ammonia. However, you need to place it very carefully and in a proper manner to be safe and effective. The first and most important thing to do is to ensure that the entry door from your house to the attic is tightly closed and there is no exit point around it that leads to the inside of your home. Make sure the door is tightly closed before you start setting up the ammonia. As a safety precaution, use a mask and hand gloves while handling ammonia.
Start by placing four pans in the four corners of your attic. Also, put a fifth one at the place you know the squirrels are living and then fill all of the pans with ammonia. Make sure that these are at least half filled. Take some towels, dip them into ammonia and put them at places where pans are not present. Drag the towel soaked in ammonia along the edges as well. If there is an opening which the squirrels are using as a route, do not fix it up as the squirrels will this same route to escape after catching a whiff of the ammonia. Keep refilling the pans and soaking the towels each week. Once the squirrels are gone, remove the towels and pans. Other foul smelling things like herbs or moth balls can also be used as well.
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