How to Deter Squirrels
You may be wondering how to deter squirrels. There are many options to choose from, including planting trees and shrubs with repellent properties. You can also cover plants with chicken wire, use repellent sprays, and use fox urine granules. In this article, we’ll discuss how to use these tools to protect your home and garden from these pests. Read on to learn more. In the meantime, enjoy the beauty of nature and avoid potential problems.
Plants that repel squirrels
There are many different kinds of plants that are supposed to repel squirrels, but not all of them are effective. You can use a combination of repellents in your garden, depending on your climate. If you’d like to discourage squirrels, consider planting iris. These heart-shaped perennials don’t taste very appealing to squirrels and won’t protect other plants, but they are a good repellent for other reasons. The plants can grow as annuals or perennials in zones three to nine.
Many of these plants have strong odours, which are also a good deterrent for squirrels. You can also plant them around valuable flowers. Adding pepper will also help keep squirrels from digging up your berries. Lastly, consider planting garlic, which will also help keep squirrels out of your camellias. While this might sound counter-intuitive, garlic is another popular repellent. Some plants are scented, and others will simply be unappealing to squirrels.
Covering plants with chicken wire
The first thing to consider when covering your plants with chicken wire is the size. Chicken wire is typically available in a variety of sizes ranging from 3/8 inches to four inches. The smaller the mesh size, the better. Wires that are too big will only encourage the squirrels to chew through them. To cover a large area, you may need to buy multiple rolls of wire. A standard roll of chicken wire is four feet wide and 50 feet long. It should be wide enough to cover a 12″ hole in the ground, and leave a few inches of coverage above the ground to protect your plants. You may have to stack several rolls of chicken wire to form a ceiling or a roof.
Chicken wire is an effective deterrent, especially if you are covering a large area, such as a vegetable patch. Make sure the wire is at least 30 inches high, and buried six inches underground. A lower fence will only slow down a determined squirrel, so it is best to use a more permanent solution. Covering your plants with chicken wire will also help prevent the squirrels from chewing on the bark of the plants.
Using a repellent spray
When you want to protect your yard from squirrels, it is important to find an effective method of repelling them. Although the use of repellent sprays is not entirely natural, they work just as well. Moreover, natural repellents do not have the unnatural effects that are associated with pesticides. To make your own repellent spray, you can either use essential oils, or make your own spray using simple ingredients you probably already have at home.
Before choosing a repellent spray, it is important to understand the extent of the problem. It is not advisable to buy a 128-oz. bottle if you only have a single squirrel in your yard. On the other hand, a hand-held spray may not be suitable for the entire nest. Also, you should choose a repellent spray that does not cause unwanted side effects to your pets. In addition, ultrasonic repellents may not be appropriate for pet rodents.
Using fox urine granules
The odor of fox urine is highly recognizable to wildlife, including squirrels. While foxes have limited home ranges, there are many ways to get rid of squirrels in your yard. A variety of methods are available, including spraying fox urine on your plants or spreading the granules on the ground. While these methods can effectively deter squirrels, it’s important to use gloves when handling these materials.
If you’re looking for a natural way to deter squirrels, commercially available fox urine is an effective biopesticide. These granules come in a powder form that you can sprinkle directly on the ground outside or hang around your property’s perimeter. Alternatively, you can place a paper plate on the ground and shake the granules over the area. It’s recommended that you use the granules twice a week for two weeks, then make fresh applications every 90 days.
Using ground cinnamon
If you’re trying to deter squirrels from your property, you’ve probably heard about using ground cinnamon. Squirrels can wreck havoc on a property, and you don’t want to let them do it! You can use ground cinnamon in the form of a sprinkle or spray, or you can purchase essential oil and mix it with water. Squirrels have a very strong sense of smell, and cinnamon powder irritates their noses.
Cinnamon smells very strongly, and because it’s so strong, it can irritate the squirrel’s nasal passages and mask potential food sources. Cinnamon repels many other pests, including ants, which move away from the smell of cinnamon when it comes near their nest. Although it doesn’t work 100%, cinnamon can be a humane and inexpensive solution. If you use it properly, however, it should have an incredible effect.
What are some of the ways you can deter squirrels?
There are a few ways you can deter squirrels which include: using electronic devices keeping your yard tidy using Proper garbage disposal using bird feeders and more.
Do squirrels eat meat?
No squirrels are strictly vegan and their diet mainly consists of: nuts seeds fruits vegetables fungi and green plants.
What type of damage can squirrels cause?
Squirrels can cause a significant amount of damage to your property.
They can gnaw on wood tear up insulation damage wiring and more.
Why are squirrels attracted to my property?
There are a few reasons why squirrels may be attracted to your property.
These reasons can include: food sources shelter water and a safe place to have their young.
How can I tell if a squirrel is living in my home?
Some of the signs that you may have a squirrel living in your home include: hearing noises in your attic seeing damage to your home seeing droppings and more.
How do I get rid of a squirrel in my home?
The best way to get rid of a squirrel in your home is to contact a professional wildlife removal service.
How can I prevent squirrels from getting into my home?
Some of the ways you can prevent squirrels from getting into your home include: sealing up any openings using wire mesh using squirrel-proof bird feeders and more.
What is the best time of year to deter squirrels?
The best time of year to deter squirrels is in the fall when they are looking for a place to store food for the winter.
What are some of the electronic devices I can use to deter squirrels?
Some of the electronic devices you can use to deter squirrels include: ultrasonic devices strobe lights and scarecrow sprinklers.
How often should I use the devices to deter squirrels?
You should use the devices to deter squirrels as often as needed until the squirrels are gone.
What is the best way to keep my yard tidy?
The best way to keep your yard tidy is to remove any potential food sources and to keep your grass trimmed.
What type of garbage disposal should I use?
The best type of garbage disposal to use is a squirrel-proof garbage can with a tight-fitting lid.
What kind of bird feeder can I use?
The best kind of bird feeder to use is a squirrel-proof bird feeder.
What is the best way to provide water for the squirrels?
The best way to provide water for the squirrels is to put out a shallow dish of water.
Do I need a permit to trap squirrels?
In most cases you will need a permit to trap squirrels.
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.