How to Get Rid of a Red Squirrel
There are many ways to get rid of a red squirrel. Bird feeders, for example, can provide a good source of food for a squirrel. You can also install a one-way squirrel exit hole. This hole should point out of the house, allowing the squirrel to go out and avoid re-entering the home. A chemical repellent is also effective in keeping squirrels away from bird feeders.
Five-point action plan to get rid of a red squirrel
If you have a red squirrel infestation, you should know that you have several options for getting rid of the rodent. These rodents are usually harmless but can cause extensive damage to your property. Here are five steps you can take to prevent the critter from coming back and causing further damage to your property. 1. Cover your bird feeders with wire mesh. If possible, put up at least six traps.
o Make sure the trap is placed in a high-security location. Red squirrels are extremely resistant to trapping. You can also trap them and release them in an area away from your property. Make sure to follow the rules and regulations for the area you are trying to eradicate them. There are also some precautions you can take if you spot a red squirrel in a public area.
Chemical repellents work well
There are several types of squirrel repellents. Chemical-based ones contain a taste deterrent known as Capsaicin and predator urine. They should be reapplied according to instructions. You can use moth balls to keep squirrels from nesting in your attic. Other methods include placing moth balls in flowerbeds and tree bases. For more effective repellents, consider using ultrasonic or chemical repellents.
The most effective repellents for squirrels are peppermint, spearmint, and regular mint plants. They work best when used in combination. You should apply repellents to all areas of the attic and at the entrances to buildings. Using a flashlight to shine on the attic will help scare away the squirrels. Be sure not to disturb the squirrels by playing a loud radio or talk radio.
Another method is to use homemade pest repellents. You can use garlic oil or crushed garlic cloves. This will irritate the squirrels, but it will also repel other pests and animals in the area. Crushing garlic cloves and rubbing them around the base of the plants is another method that works well. This method requires frequent reapplication. This repellent will not work well in hot weather, however.
Bird feeders are a good source of food for squirrels
When choosing a bird feeder for your yard, consider its size, placement, and variety of food. Red squirrels are not picky eaters. They’ll eat just about any type of food, even nuts and seeds. However, a squirrel should be fed food that comes from their natural habitat. A good mix of fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts should be offered to keep them happy. Keeping your distance will also ensure your red squirrels do not scuttle into the feeder.
Some bird feeders are designed to deter squirrels, so squirrels will avoid them by staying away from them. Depending on the style, some of these feeders are better than others. Make sure your feeder’s doors aren’t too heavy for squirrels, because they can jump right on top. Other bird feeders come with metal cages to deter squirrels from coming near your bird seed.
Catching a red squirrel
If you’ve had a red squirrel infestation, you might be wondering how to catch one and get rid of it forever. Red squirrels live in most parts of the US, Canada, and parts of Mexico. Their preferred habitats are mixed hardwood-conifer forests. They eat a variety of nuts, seeds, and fruits, and prefer the green seeds of cone-bearing trees.
If you are attempting to capture a squirrel, make sure to use gloves and double-fold a towel to make a protective pad. Carefully grasp the squirrel and place it on a good release point. Use gentle movement and slowly back away while keeping a careful eye on the squirrel to prevent it from running off. Use the proper techniques to catch a red squirrel. Don’t rush into this.
A hygienic environment is important for your red squirrel, and you should check all areas of your home to ensure it is squirrel-proof. Squirrels can enter your home through holes, rotten wood, and leaky roofs. If you don’t have any other means to keep them out, consider hiring a professional pest control company. Taking a few precautions will ensure that your red squirrel problem doesn’t become worse.
How do you get rid of a red squirrel?
You can get rid of a red squirrel by trapping it and releasing it in a wooded area away from your home.
What if you can’t trap the squirrel?
If you can’t trap the squirrel you can try to scare it away by making loud noises or spraying it with water.
Will a red squirrel damage my home?
Yes a red squirrel can damage your home by chewing on wires or insulation.
How do I know if I have a red squirrel?
You may have a red squirrel if you see chewed food wrappers or holes in your walls.
What do red squirrels eat?
Red squirrels eat a variety of foods including nuts berries and insects.
What is the best way to trap a red squirrel?
The best way to trap a red squirrel is with a live trap baited with peanuts or other nuts.
Where can I release a trapped red squirrel?
You can release a trapped red squirrel in a wooded area away from your home.
Is it legal to trap and release a red squirrel?
In most states it is legal to trap and release a red squirrel.
How can I make my home less attractive to red squirrels?
You can make your home less attractive to red squirrels by removing food sources and sealing up holes.
What if I still have red squirrels after taking these steps?
If you still have red squirrels after taking these steps you may need to hire a professional to remove them.
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.