How to Keep Squirrel Out of Your Yard
There are many ways to keep squirrels away from your yard. Some methods include planting plants that repel them, using electronic devices, or creating alternative food sources. Other methods include using repellents, such as repellent scents or electric shocks. If you’ve been unable to keep squirrels away for any length of time, consider these simple, inexpensive tips. Listed below are several of them. Read on for more information.
Plants that repel squirrels
While some of the best repellent plants for squirrels are not edible, they are certainly worth a try. Marigolds, for example, have an unappealing flavor for squirrels. Another good choice is bleeding heart, a perennial that has heart-shaped flowers on arching stems. Although they do not have the same flavor as other plants, they do smell and taste unpleasant to them. A squirrel can tolerate their presence in the garden, but they will not consume them if they find them unappetizing.
Geraniums are an excellent repellent, and are also poison-free. Geraniums emit a strong odor that squirrels find unpleasant. Geraniums also form a barrier between a squirrel and its territory. Grow them around the perimeter of your yard, garden, or home. If you want an added measure of protection, plant them in high-traffic areas. A scented garden is another great deterrent for squirrels.
If you want to get rid of squirrels, you can use one of the many electronic devices available today. Most of these devices are solar-powered and emit sound vibrations only sensitive to animals. There are even solar-powered motion-activated ultrasonics with built-in LED flashlights that can scare off large animals. You can also set motion-activated sprinklers to scare off squirrels and other large animals.
The most effective squirrel-repelling device is a jet-blaster. A jet of water is released from this device when the animal is within 30 feet of it. These blasters are powerful and last for five seconds, driving out the rodents and their nests. The best part is that they are environmentally-friendly and do not emit any toxic chemicals. In addition, many are also portable, so you can set one up in the garden.
One of the easiest home remedies to keep squirrels out of your yard is spraying your plants and trees with hot pepper. You can easily make pepper spray at home by mixing half a bottle of hot sauce with a gallon of water. The best time to spray is late afternoon or cloudy days. Another effective homemade pepper spray is to mix a few drops of cayenne pepper with petroleum jelly and smear it around the base of poles or plant stems. Make sure to use plastic gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after handling the pepper spray.
You can also buy repellents that have an unpleasant taste and smell. You can spray your yard with a mixture of jalapeno pepper and vinegar or place plastic snakes on your roof. You can also place artificial owls on your rooftop or tree stumps to scare the squirrels away. Other repellents for squirrels include netting, plastic snakes, and scented candles. These are all inexpensive and easy to make.
Alternative food sources
One of the easiest ways to keep squirrels out of your yard is to make them uncomfortable. Squirrels don’t usually see humans as a threat. By placing bird feeders in strategic places, you can deter squirrels from visiting your yard. Another way to keep squirrels away from your garden is to plant daffodils. These plants are easy to find and do not take up a lot of space. Added bonus: they don’t seem suspicious or aggressive to you.
Tomatoes are a favorite snack for squirrels, so if you have a problem with squirrels in your yard, plant double the number of tomatoes you normally do. Tomatoes are another source of food for squirrels and deer, so if you have a large garden, consider planting a triple crop. Growing food for wildlife is not easy, but it benefits both people and wildlife.
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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.