How to Remove a Squirrel Nest From an Arborvitae
If you’re wondering how to remove squirrels from your yard, you’re not alone. These rodents can be a nuisance, damaging plants and unsealed garbage bins. In addition to ruining your plants, they also eat your garden produce and dig holes to feed on seeds. What’s worse, squirrels can pose serious health risks to you and your family. Fortunately, there are several methods to safely and effectively remove a squirrel nest from an arborvitae.
Tree squirrels are arboreal
Tree squirrels live in trees and make nests in trees using leaves. These animals depend on mast for survival and their habitat must have trees with plenty of nuts. Their diet is mainly composed of hard mast and one squirrel needs about 1.5 lbs. of mast per week from September to March. To remain healthy and happy, tree squirrels should have access to lots of food, particularly nut-bearing trees. Listed below are some facts about tree squirrels.
The squirrel family is made up of over two hundred species of mammals. There are ground squirrels, flying squirrels, and tree-squirrels. The flying squirrels and ground squirrels are both arboreal but lack patagia, the characteristic that allows them to fly. Both species live in trees, but flying squirrels spend most of their time on the ground. Tree squirrels are amazing trapeze artists and are not like rats.
They build nests high in trees
If you find a nest of squirrels on your arbor vitae, you may be wondering how to remove the nuts. This is a tricky task that requires proper equipment and precautions. Make sure to wear gloves and a face mask. You should also wear protective gear and gloves while working with squirrels. After all, they are not afraid of humans and could be dangerous. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The first step in removing the nest is identifying the origin of the hole. While you can’t be 100% sure which species made the hole, they tend to prefer smaller trees with thin bark. Then, they can access the inner layer of the tree and gnaw it to pieces. While squirrels do not actually cause any real damage to the trees, they can do considerable damage to them. Luckily, this problem is preventable.
They contaminate houses with parasites and excrement
When it comes to getting rid of a squirrel’s nest on an arbor vitae tree, there are several things to keep in mind. First, you want to make sure the nest is completely empty. The nest may appear to be an abandoned pile of leaves, but it is actually a carefully built nest, lined with leaves, fur and feathers. The nest may even be 30 feet up in the tree!
To deter squirrels from building a nest on your trees, you can use noise and light to your advantage. Try putting a low-heat LED bulb next to the nest, or setting up a 24-hour music station. Squirrels often feel uncomfortable and leave the area. A homemade solution is ground pepper. You can mix pepper-based products with bird food and place them near the nest. Alternatively, you can place a guard on bird feeder posts.
It’s illegal to remove squirrel nests from arborvitae
Whether you are trying to prevent future infestations or simply want to keep your trees free of critters, you have several options. First, call a professional squirrel removal service. These professionals will know how to remove the nest safely without hurting the baby squirrels. Also, they’ll know how to protect your property from the possibility of disease transmission or bacterial exposure. The best option is to avoid getting too close to the nest.
During spring and summer, you can check your arborvitae for signs of squirrel activity. If you see any of these signs, the squirrels are most likely nesting there. This is because they typically give birth in early spring and late summer. You should never attempt to remove live squirrel babies from the nest. You should also consult a squirrel removal specialist based on the maturity of the babies. If they’re still in the nest, you must pay them to relocate 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.