How to Make a Squirrel House
There are several ways to trap squirrels in your yard without trapping them. While you can get creative and make your own squirrel traps, be sure to follow all safety guidelines. Squirrels are not aggressive and only become frantic when cornered. They live in two seasons, the summer and winter. For these reasons, you should build your squirrel house accordingly. Also, make sure that the house is big enough for your squirrels, as they do not like to live in small spaces.
DIY squirrel traps can be creative
If you are looking for a natural, cheap way to get rid of squirrels, you can make your own trap. Squirrels can cause extensive damage to your garden and home. These rodents are also known to carry diseases. Although they prefer forests, they are also attracted to urban and suburban environments. There are many DIY traps that you can use to get rid of squirrels. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
To make a DIY squirrel trap, you will need a plastic tube that is at least three to six feet long and 5 to 8 inches in diameter. Then, you will need a piece of wire that will trigger the release of the wedge when the squirrel is trapped. Make sure that you buy wire that is sensitive enough to catch a squirrel. The wired end of the wire should be able to detect a nudge from a squirrel’s tail.
Squirrels eat animal-based food
If you have a squirrel in your backyard, you’ve probably wondered how to get it to eat your vegetable garden. Fortunately, squirrels are pretty versatile eaters, and they’ll happily accept almost any type of fruit or vegetable you can throw their way. Try giving your squirrel some leafy greens, tomatoes, radishes, and kale to try. They also like vegetables such as corn, beans, okra, celery, and brussels sprouts.
Squirrels love nuts and seeds, and you may have even fed them on occasion. But while most squirrels will gladly munch on nuts and seeds, you should keep in mind that these types of food can cause metabolic bone disease (MBD), a condition that weakens the bones of wild animals. A good substitute for nuts is sunflower seeds or peanuts. However, make sure to follow the label on your nuts and seeds.
They are not aggressive but can get frantic if cornered
In captivity, a female squirrel can become standoffish and wary, even with people she trusts. She may also refuse to accept food from humans unless you hold her in a close proximity to her nest. Regardless of how nice you treat your pet, you can’t make them rely on your kindness to survive. If you do encounter a squirrel in captivity, consider adopting it instead of killing it. Unlike dogs, squirrels do not typically attack humans, so a good way to make one less aggressive is to feed it.
Often, squirrels are territorial, especially during breeding season. While males are generally harmless around people, they can become aggressive if they are cornered. You can try to avoid this behavior by observing your squirrel during playtime, but make sure you supervise it closely. Remember, squirrels don’t learn by punishment, so playtime is crucial. Playing with them should be fun, but you should avoid roughhousing, as this could cause them to bite you.
They have a summer and winter home
When it comes to making a squirrel have a summer and winter house, a little planning is in order. Squirrels are busy animals. They work hard to prepare for winter, and their nests may look like clumps of dried leaves, twigs, or holes in tree trunks. A little planning can make your property more squirrel-friendly, and a squirrel-friendly home will make the job a little easier for you.
Squirrels can be cute and fun to watch, but once they get inside your house, they can cause havoc. They can damage your property, eat your plants, and even raise their babies. You may even think you can get them back in their trees, but that’s not always possible. Some squirrels don’t live in trees, and they will seek warmer places in the winter.
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.