You either love squirrels or hate them. The people who enjoy the company of squirrels typically only see them in the park going from tree to tree, and chilling on the grass munching on tasty treats. Many homeowners, on the other hand, don’t care for squirrels as much. Squirrels are cute, but they are wild creatures, and this means a risk of messes, property destruction and disease. These furry little beasts can potentially run amok both inside and outside your home, becoming a serious nuisance if you don’t take swift action.
Squirrel damage in Rochester, NH ranges from chewed-up trees and plants to soiled attic spaces. If you want to save your property from a squirrel takeover, read on! Here’s how to keep squirrels out of your yard and house:
- Stop feeding them: It’s tempting to toss a few peanuts to backyard squirrels. But while this seems harmless, the reality is that they will return on a regular basis looking for handouts. Bird feeders with seeds are another easy meal source for squirrels, as are newly planted seeds in gardens.
- Clean up your yard: You don’t feed backyard squirrels, so why do they stay nearby? Even though you aren’t leaving food out on purpose, they are attracted to other things in your yard like fallen fruits, nuts and composting vegetable scraps. Rake your yard often to remove what attracts them. It’s especially important to clean up under trees and bird feeders. Place these items in refuse bins with tight-fitting lids to keep squirrels out of the trash.
- Try scare tactics: If you have a dog or cat, chances are it will chase squirrels that enter your yard. If you don’t have a household pet to chase the squirrels off, you can place plastic owls around your property in trees, on the roof or on fence posts to scare them. Another option is to get a solution with predator urine to spray in areas of your yard.
- Use natural or store-bought repellents: Some Rochester, NH homeowners might want to try squirrel repellent. Repellents can be natural or commercial chemical products applied to flowers, plants and seeds you’re not planning to eat. If this method is not your cup of tea, plant some mint at the edge of your garden. This may work, as squirrels are not fond of the smell of peppermint plants.
- Block entry points into your house: Having a big problem with squirrels in your yard could be a sign of a much larger issue: squirrels invading your home. Take a walk around the exterior of your house looking for possible squirrel damage to the roof, outside walls, eaves or attic vents. Holes in these areas could be a squirrel’s point of entry and exit as it goes back and forth collecting food from your yard and returning to its nest in your attic.
The team at Dependable Pest Solutions is well aware of the damage squirrels can cause. Chewing on wires can pose a fire risk, and their droppings create odors and health concerns. Call us today and let our pest experts take care of your squirrel invasion!