How Do You Stop a Squirrel From Entering Your Porch?
If you want to get rid of a squirrel that is invading your home, you can make your own homemade repellent spray. This DIY repellent spray is cheap and easy to make and most of the ingredients you need are probably already in your kitchen. You can also experiment by using different essential oils, if you feel that they’re particularly repellent. After all, your porch is your private space and you should have the freedom to enjoy it.
Remove all food sources from squirrel feeder
If you want to keep squirrels from getting into your porch, the first step is to get rid of all food sources. It is important to keep food away from squirrels, because they can carry diseases and parasites. You can also get rid of squirrels by physically removing them. Besides removing food sources from your porch, you can also use repellents such as foxes’ urine.
When the squirrels are attracted to your feeders, you can place them in a place where they will not find them. You can also place deterrents in the trees to scare them away. However, this solution can be costly and time-consuming. Therefore, it is recommended to use other methods to scare squirrels. In the meantime, you can install a squirrel deterrent, such as a squirrel-proof fence or a pet-proof birdbath.
There are two main ways to prevent squirrels from entering your porch: trapping and physical obstruction. A fence makes access more difficult, but other deterrents are more effective. For example, you can install a plexiglass screen on the porch to prevent squirrels from getting to the porch screens. Plexiglass is tough, slick, and clear, which means it will not interfere with squirrels’ ability to run down beams. It will also keep their claws from digging into the screens.
Another effective way to stop squirrels from accessing your porch is to place mothball-filled socks in the entrance. These socks will repel the squirrels by acting as a respiratory irritant. If you’re more practical, you can also use hardware barriers, made from chicken wire, hardware cloth, or 1 to 2-inch metal mesh. Another solution is to spray a trap with coyote urine powder, which can be found at home improvement stores. This repellent evokes the animal’s natural fear response, so it will keep squirrels away.
Spray vinegar on siding
If you have ever tried to keep squirrels out of your porch, you know that they leave a trail of telltale signs. You might be able to hear them scurrying on the siding, or you might even hear their scratching and gnawing sounds. Either way, you want to make sure you don’t let them in. By following a few simple tips, you can keep squirrels out of your porch and prevent them from nesting in your attic.
Keep in mind that while most squirrels only nest when they’re alone, you can accidentally house eight or more at a time. In addition, when squirrels are in your home, it is likely that they’re mating. If you remove them from their mother, the baby squirrels will die. To keep your porch squirrel-free, consider keeping your bird feeders at least 20 feet away from the house.
Setting a live trap is a humane way to prevent a squirrel from invading your porch. You should place it so that the squirrel cannot see it. Then, you can cover the trap with a blanket or leave it in one room to calm down. After a few hours, take the trap outside and release it. In the event that the squirrel does not move, it could be a sign of a more serious problem.
Before attempting to catch a squirrel, make sure you are wearing gloves and using a towel to form a protective pad. Then, carefully pick up the squirrel and carry it to a safe release point. Remember to make gentle movements and to back away slowly to avoid harming the animal. If the animal escapes, it’s probably safe to release the trap. If the squirrel escapes, follow these steps.
Humane way to catch and relocate live squirrels
If you are fed up with live squirrels on your porch, there are several ways to safely remove them. The first method is to remove any foods and pets from the area. Squirrels will not be able to leave the trap, so they must be taken outside and relocated to a new home. If you are not confident you can relocate the squirrel on your own, you can call a professional pest control company.
Another method is to trap the live animals using a trap. You should choose one-door traps with a trigger plate in the back so that the animal is less likely to take the bait. However, if there is more than one squirrel in the home, you should choose a two-door trap with two doors. This will increase your chances of catching the squirrel. After catching the squirrel, you should make sure you remove the animal as quickly as possible.
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.