How to Keep a Squirrel From Accessing Your Garden
When you’ve decided that you’d like to get a squirrel for your home, there are some things to keep in mind. First and foremost, squirrels are dangerous creatures, and they may be aggressive and even destructive when they’re in unfamiliar surroundings. Secondly, squirrels need a healthy diet full of protein and calcium. Unlike humans, squirrels spend many hours in the wild gathering food. However, in captivity, they will be forced to spend hours preparing and feeding their new pets.
Feeding a squirrel
Providing food for a squirrel is a great idea, but a common mistake can lead to a problem for both humans and the squirrel. It is better to make sure the squirrel has plenty of food in its area than to feed it on a bird feeder. Instead, plant trees in your garden to attract squirrels and leave the wild areas alone. Remember that feeding a squirrel from a bird feeder exposes the squirrel to cats, so keep your distance.
You can also create your own squirrel food by crushing nuts or sunflower seeds with a hammer. Make sure the food is cold as squirrels will not drink from a bowl that is warm. You can even make squirrel squares by mixing peanut butter with small nuts. Make sure the peanut butter smells like peanuts, otherwise the squirrel will not eat it. Once the squirrel smells the peanut butter, use a bit of flour to hold the ingredients together.
Keeping a squirrel in a box trap
A wire trap, also known as a box trap, can be used to catch a squirrel alive. If possible, purchase a trap that has a nine-inch opening on each end and is 24 inches long. Choose a baited trap rather than a nonbaited one, because a scent from the bait will drift toward the trap as the squirrel approaches. The trap should be placed in an area that is out of direct sunlight.
When using a baited trap, place peanuts near the center of the trigger plate. Peanuts are an easy way to attract a squirrel, as they will step on the edge to get to the bait. Place peanuts around the trap to lull the squirrel into complacency. If the squirrel remains trapped for a long time, you can use the peanuts as lures to lure the animal into the trap.
Keeping a squirrel out of a chicken wire
There are a few ways to keep a squirrel from accessing your garden. Ideally, the wire should be no taller than a half-inch and have holes every inch or so. Chicken wire, which is also known as galvanized wire, is best because it is zinc-coated and therefore rust-resistant. Plastic chicken wire is also an option, but it is not as sturdy as chicken wire made from metal.
For small gaps, you can use steel wool, which will cut the pests. Plastic chicken wire is easy to chew through, so it’s best to use metal. You can also put plastic chicken wire in small spaces. For initial installation, you should use a wire mesh made of metal. The price of metal wire will depend on the gauge thickness. You can choose the gauge of wire mesh that’s appropriate for the area you’re protecting.
Keeping a squirrel out of a birdfeeder
If you have a birdfeeder, you’re probably aware of the plight of the squirrel. These nocturnal creatures are notoriously greedy and can eat up to half the contents. But if you want to keep squirrels away from your birdfeeders, there are several ways to keep them out. Here are some of the most common options. Keep in mind, however, that not all solutions are effective.
To keep the squirrels away from your feeder, consider placing it in an area that is unfriendly to them. If you’re placing it near a tree, power line, or roof, you’ll need to place it at least five feet above the ground. You can also consider installing a squirrel-proof bird feeder pole. Squirrels prefer nuts, black oil sunflower seeds, and suet, so be sure to keep these foods away from your birdfeeder.
Keeping a squirrel out of a hummingbird feeder
The best way to keep a squirrel away from your hummingbird feeder is to use some type of animal repellent. Squirrels are cute, but they carry diseases like plague and rabies. If you have squirrels living in your attic, you might need to call in a nuisance wildlife professional. A local extension service can recommend a professional for your specific situation.
When it comes to attracting squirrels to your hummingbird feeder, you need to be prepared. Squirrels have keen senses and can detect the nectar on the feeder. It is best to place a squirrel baffle above the feeder. This disk will tilt slightly at the slightest touch from a squirrel. Squirrels will try any means necessary to get to your hummingbird feeder, so you should take extra care to keep the critter away from your hummingbird feeder.
Keeping a squirrel out of a fruit tree
Keeping a squirrel out of a home is an important part of maintaining a healthy yard, but protecting a fruit tree can be tricky. Even if you do a good job of managing the area, there are many methods for keeping squirrels away. These methods start with better planning and management of the tree. Since squirrels can climb, you may need to make other changes to the tree to protect it from them. Some tips include installing bird feeders or squirrel baffles.
One of the best ways to keep a squirrel away from fruit trees is to create a potent repellent that birds and animals are attracted to. You can also try a chili pepper repellent, which may work to ward off the squirrels. Remember to reapply the repellent frequently to maintain the potent aroma. Giving up the recipe may also discourage the squirrels because it will encourage them to get used to the strong smell.
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.