How to Help a Squirrel Family That Lives in Your Tree
There are some ways to prevent a squirrel family from destroying your tree. Avoiding direct contact with the squirrel is a good first step. Repelling them with a taste repellent can also be an effective solution. Ultimately, you will need to remove the squirrels from your tree. For this purpose, you can use a squirrel repellent or poison to deter them.
Avoiding direct contact with a squirrel
You may have seen pictures of tree squirrels, but have you ever wondered what they are? A tree squirrel is a rodent whose name means “squirrel.” They are also a popular attraction in urban parks. Often found nesting in trees, they can also become a nuisance if they come too close to humans. These creatures are very frightened of humans, and will react violently if you approach them. Do not feed them – they’ll attack you if they feel threatened.
Remember that squirrels give birth at different times of the year. While they usually live in one den, females give birth to two to five young. Mothers raise their babies alone. After 10 to 12 weeks, the young squirrels wean themselves and may live on the tree. However, it’s best to avoid contact with the family until the breeding season is over. If you encounter a squirrel in your tree, be sure to wear heavy leather gloves and stay away from it. Also, don’t grab the tail.
In addition to carrying disease, squirrels can also carry harmful parasites, fleas, and lice. If you are bitten by a squirrel, seek medical advice immediately. Although squirrel bites are rare, they should be treated by a medical professional. If you are bitten by a squirrel, contact your local health department to make sure that you’re not allergic to the bite or infection.
Repelling squirrels with a taste repellent
To keep squirrels away, you can try putting a taste repellent in your tree. Adding Tabasco to the water will make the squirrels uncomfortable and they’ll avoid your tree, as long as you apply it to a small area of the bark. Or, you can use garlic mixed with vinegar. You can make your own repellent in a few minutes, and it’s a safe alternative to commercial repellents.
You can also place cotton balls soaked in coffee. This will deter squirrels from roosting in your tree, but don’t place them too close to people. This method is hit or miss, and it may not work. But it’s worth trying, since it’s a cheap, effective option that will keep squirrels away for good. If nothing else works, you can also try placing predator urine granules around the tree to keep them away.
Another way to deter squirrels is to spray your trees with apple cider vinegar. This acidic solution is available everywhere and is safe for both plants and humans. Apple cider vinegar is a great repellent because of its strong smell and taste. You can also spray it on the branches of trees and other plants that squirrels like to snack on. Remember to avoid using the vinegar spray on hot days and in direct sunlight, and make sure that it’s not too hot.
Removing squirrels from a ypur tree
One of the first and most effective methods of removing squirrels from a tree is to apply a chemical repellent. A solution containing ammonia should be applied to the tree at least twice a week, preferably after heavy rain. Another repellent for squirrels is cayenne pepper. This should be applied to the tree once a week after heavy rain to keep the squirrels away.
You can use hardware cloth to seal off the opening, which can be purchased at any hardware store. Make sure that the cloth is at least 2″ larger than the hole on all sides. Secure the cloth with a staple gun or U nails or regular nails. Sheet metal screws can also be used to reinforce the barrier. You can also use Ropel, which can be purchased at pet and garden stores. Alternatively, you can also use Tabasco sauce mixed with a quart of water.
While you can try to remove the nest yourself, it is best to wait until the babies have left. If you do not, you may have an infestation on your hands later. Squirrels are incredibly resilient animals, and will often use the same nest over again, thus leaving you with an unsightly tree. If you do manage to get rid of the squirrels in your tree, don’t despair. Contact a company that specializes in squirrel removal and repair.
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.