How to Keep Squirrels Out of the Yard

How to Keep Squirrels Out of the Yard

Is a squirrel eating your plants and giving you trouble? Squirrels are famous for digging up bulbs and damaging yards. In the fall, they can be seen scurrying around, burying nuts and building nests on people’s properties. Though relatively harmless, squirrels can do serious damage. Many like to nest in soffits, chimneys, and attics, where they may cause thousands of dollars in repairs. Squirrels that make their way indoors may expose the attic to water, chew on electrical wires, and damage the ceiling with urine. Taking preventative measures is a good idea. Contact us for an inspection and squirrel exclusion service in Hamilton.

Squirrels are attracted to yards where they can find food. So, start there. Get rid of the bird feeder and use row covers to protect your product. Alternatively, you can make raised garden beds with mesh lids that keep rodents out. Cover the barbecue and switch to garbage bins with sturdy lids. Clean these regularly to reduce odours. You should also keep the lawn in good condition and pick any fallen fruit or acorns. Empty the gutters out in the fall and rake the leaves. Doing so will help limit the amount of nesting materials there are available in your yard.

If you want to go the extra mile, use deterrents. Squirrels can’t stand the smell of apple cider vinegar because it reminds them of predator urine. Spray some around your deck and garden beds to keep squirrels away. If you want to spray it directly onto your plants, dilute it first. In addition to apple cider vinegar, you can use cayenne pepper or diluted hot sauce. For a nicer smell, dry diluting a few drops of essential peppermint oil and dish soap with a cup of water. Shake the mixture, then spray it onto solid surfaces, like the deck or the edges of your roof. Reapply after it rains.

How to Squirrel-Proof the Home

The best way you can keep squirrels out of the house is to cover known entry points. These include roof vents, plumbing mats, chimneys, soffits, and gaps in the drip line. Anywhere a squirrel can fit or chew its way through is vulnerable. To keep the squirrels out, keep the roof in good shape and cover openings with mesh. Use a quart inch mesh that is 16-gauge or thicker. Galvanized steel works best. Smaller openings can be fixed with caulking. If it’s too much, hire a local wildlife removal company to do it for you. Professionals offer wildlife exclusion in addition to squirrel removal.

Contact us today for guaranteed squirrel-proofing and removal. We offer comprehensive exclusion services in which we inspect the home thoroughly, then cover every entry point found. This prevents squirrels from making their way inside, which will save you the hassle of an invasion. We are so sure of our exclusion services that they come with a 2-year warranty. That means that if squirrels break in, we will come back to fix the problem for free. Call us to book an inspection today.