How to Get a Squirrel to Come to Your Yard
Here are some ways to attract a squirrel to your yard. Pre-bait your nuts beforehand. Section off a part of your yard that is squirrel-friendly. Avoid quick movements and try to establish a rapport. Be sure to follow the proper feeding procedures to avoid scaring your new friend away. Feeding a squirrel is a great way to bond with him or her. Read on to learn more about this technique.
You can bait your ground squirrel by placing the bait station in the area where they feed. The bait station should be close to the ground, and a squirrel will gravitate towards it when it is near a food source. Initially, you may want to leave the bait out for a few days, but you should continue to check the station for about a week. The pre-baiting period can be prolonged, but it usually takes around 2 weeks for the squirrel to get used to the bait station.
If the trapping operation is unsuccessful, you can try using peanutbutter. Peanutbutter is a good bait, and you should have six of them. If the traps are visible to birds, they might be tempted to escape. However, squirrels are solitary animals and can have several nests in a building. When trapping them, you must make sure to set the traps so that they cannot be seen by birds.
Sectioning off an area for squirrels to feed
Squirrels can cause considerable damage to your yard. They can gnaw through electrical wiring, destroy fences, and eat your plants. Fortunately, you can control the squirrel population by sectioning off an area where they can feed safely. This will eliminate a major source of attraction for squirrels, and you can prevent further damage. But how do you do this? Here are some suggestions:
First, find an area in your yard where squirrels can easily access food. A backyard with several trees is ideal, but a platform area is best. Place a squirrel feeder there and signal them that they’re in a safe area. Then, make sure they can’t get into the house unless you’re a threat to them. You can also try using squirrel calls. If you don’t want to scare off the squirrels, try putting out a bowl of peanuts and a bowl of apples.
Creating a relationship with your squirrels
The first step in establishing a relationship with your squirrels is to learn their language. Squirrels are able to understand body language, gestures, and sounds, so be patient with them. When you feed them, try to avoid approaching them directly, as they might perceive you as a threat. Instead, hold your ground while giving them the nut. Repeat this process a few times per day and you will likely develop a rapport with your squirrels.
Once you create a rapport with your squirrels, you can offer them food from your hands and watch them eat. If you put food near them, they will approach you and be more likely to approach you. As they become more familiar with your hand, you can move the food closer until you are hand feeding them. This technique will help you attract other squirrels. Creating a relationship with your squirrels will help them trust you and feel safe in your home.
Avoid scaring them away
One of the most effective ways to keep squirrels out of your yard is to make a repellent spray using your own scent. You can create a repellent by using garlic, hot sauce, or vinegar mixed with water and spread it on your plants. This spray should be reapplied frequently, so you should be sure to keep it fresh. You can also use a mixture of garlic, water, and vinegar as a repellent, and spray it onto the stakes in your vegetable garden or on the base of trees.
Another option for scaring squirrels away is using natural repellents. These repellents are safe and cheap. You can use dog or cat hair to scare squirrels away, as their odors are more unpleasant than humans. Garlic, peppermint, and castor oil can all be used as repellents. You can also purchase ready-to-use sprays, such as Karlsten Natural Rodent Spray. Alternatively, you can purchase Leg Up Fox Urine made from the urine of foxes and other natural enemies.
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.