How Do I Get Rid of Red Squirrels From My Yard?
One of the most common questions people ask is “How do I get rid of red squirrels from my yard?” There are several options, including using radios to disturb them, trapping them with a solid-sided trap, and removing their food source. If these methods fail, the following methods might work. Read on to learn more about them and how you can keep them away from your yard and prevent them from coming back.
Disturbing squirrels with a radio
Red and grey squirrels are common in the UK and can be an annoying pest. Their burrows can damage roofs and attics, destroying bird feeders and flower bulbs. Due to their agility, they can also cause power system problems and eat through wiring. Here are 7 ways to get rid of squirrels. Read on to learn more. In this article, we’ll discuss the best methods to get rid of red and gray squirrels in the UK.
Radio talk stations can scare squirrels. Human voices are more effective at scaring animals than music. You can try this trick for three consecutive days. Be patient and persistent to get the job done. However, it may not work every time. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of squirrel removal, you may want to consider hiring a professional squirrel removal company. There are some advantages to using these methods.
Trapping them with a solid-sided trap
A solid-sided trap is a lethal method of catching red squirrels. This type of trap is a long, cylindrical metal tube with a hook in the middle. When the squirrel reaches the bait, the bar snaps forward into the trap, breaking its neck. The cage is made from a durable material such as steel, which makes this trap highly effective. However, a tube trap can be considerably more expensive than a snap trap.
To use a squirrel trap, you need to place it on the ground with the body of the animal in the middle. The trap’s trigger should be coated with peanut butter. This bait will be difficult to avoid for the squirrel, so you have to make sure that it tries to pry it loose. Make sure you use disposable latex gloves when using a trap, as squirrels can carry diseases.
Keeping them out of your yard
Keeping red squirrels out of your yard is as simple as keeping them away from food sources. This is because squirrels are prey animals and are aware of potential predators. Unlike people, they can easily outsmart and avoid humans. However, dogs and cats can pose a greater threat to squirrels, as they have agility and are often bigger than a squirrel. So, it’s not really possible to completely remove squirrels from a yard. However, you can use deterrents to keep them out of your yard.
You can also block their access to your garden by covering the area with wire. One way to do this is by using chicken wire. Squirrels can dig under it, so make sure your wires include the roof portion as well. The wire is also effective in discouraging squirrels from entering your yard. It is important to use a specialized repellent when applying it. The best repellents for red squirrels will not harm the animals and will help prevent them from entering your yard.
Getting rid of their food source
One way to get rid of red squirrels is to remove the food source that they prefer. It can be easy to do, and the ingredients are likely already in your kitchen. You can even make your own DIY repellent spray to use on the squirrels. Make sure to keep your trash bins and other food sources sealed. If you don’t want to use traps, you can also put garlic and hot sauce in containers that have lids.
Providing a food source for red squirrels will keep them around all year round. While winters are the best time to provide them with food, summers are harder for them to find. Spring shoots and buds are gone, and autumn berries and seeds are not yet available. A squirrel will use any food source it can find to survive. It is a good idea to consider the seasonality of the food source if you have a red squirrel infestation.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.