How to Scare a Squirrel
The first thing you need to know is that a squirrel will not trust you until it feels safe. The best way to teach your squirrel to trust you is by clucking or kissing it. After a few days, you’ll see it come out of hiding when you’re near. Shaking its nuts or kissing it also helps. When your squirrel learns to trust you, it will eventually come out from hiding.
Taking care of a rescued baby squirrel
There are several things to keep in mind when caring for a rescued baby squirrel, including the need to provide warmth and protection. This is especially important if you are handling it for the first time. If you think the baby squirrel has been injured, do not feed it right away. After two weeks, allow the squirrel to explore its cage and start exploring. If you are unable to provide warm shelter, try keeping it near you with a heating pad, or placing a small bowl of warm water under the blanket it is resting in. You should also seek out a professional vet if you see any signs of illness or injury.
If the baby squirrel was rescued in the wild, it will most likely need to be placed in a small box or Tupperware container. Make sure that the lid has been punched with air holes. The box should be secured so that the mother squirrel can get in and out. The infant will need a source of heat as it is likely cold without the warmth from a mother. If you don’t have a heating pad, you can try filling a soda bottle with hot water and placing it near the baby. To avoid suffocating the baby, test the temperature and adjust as necessary.
Using a live-catch trap
You can use a live-catch trap to catch a squirrel outside. You should leave the trap out for several hours so the squirrel can relax before moving. To make sure the animal is caught safely, you should cover the trap with a blanket. After a few hours, take the trap outside and release it in a safe location. Tree squirrels are excellent observers and are very easy to catch. Nevertheless, if you cannot scare them, you can use a live-catch trap to catch them.
It is essential to wear gloves and double a towel so that you can protect the animal from the cold. Then, wrap the squirrel with the towel and carry it to a good release location. Be sure to use smooth movements, back off slowly, and watch for the squirrel to run away. This method is the most effective way to catch a squirrel. If you have a large open attic, a MINI FOGGER may help.
There are a few options when it comes to killing ground squirrels. You can either use poison baits or poisons intended for other animals. Poisons for squirrels are made from diphacinone or chlorophacinone. To use poison baits, spread rolled oats out in the areas that squirrels regularly frequent. Mix the grains with the poison and place them in places where squirrels have a history of eating safe grains. It is recommended that you use no more than two tablespoons of poison per location.
Using poisons to scare a ground squirrel before it moves is not recommended. These pests are resistant to the common poisons in baits. Additionally, over-the-counter poisons can be dangerous to humans and pets. Many areas of the USA have hundreds of regulations governing pest control applications. Violation of these regulations can result in a variety of problems, so make sure to research local laws before using poison.
Using inorganic mulch
Organic mulch is good at keeping a squirrel out, but inorganic mulch is much more effective at keeping them away. Inorganic mulch is much harder to dig up and contains different textures that a squirrel will find repulsive. Use it around your plants, applying it in layers 12 inches apart. This is also effective for preventing squirrels from digging through your garden. You can also layer gravel over chicken wire as a squirrel deterrent.
Another good way to keep a squirrel away is to build a fence. Squirrels love to live in areas with birds and other wildlife, so if you have bird feeders, they will be attracted to them. If they like to feed on small birds, you can block their access to the feeders by removing bird feeders. The best way to keep a squirrel away from bird feeders is to build a fence. If a fence is impossible, you can use an ultrasonic squirrel repellent device. However, if you are unable to build a fence, you can consider other methods, such as blocking the entry points to your garden.
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.