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How To Get Rid of Squirrels Naturally

Updated on June 18, 2009

Some people may not even consider this, but how do you get rid of squirrels naturally, that is, without harming them? Although squirrels can be cute to watch, they can also be pesty, dangerous and a down right real pain. So how do you get rid of them, if the need ever arises, and how do you do it safely, naturally and humanely?

Well, there are a few things that you can do for starters. Then if that idea doesn't work you move on to another idea and then on again to another if that doesn't work, and so on. The reason for writing this is some people swear by one method but yet other people will say that same idea is totally useless and will never work. The only way you will know is by trying something.

How to Get Rid of Squirrels Naturally, Idea #1

Repellents - Squirrels have natural enemies with one of them being the fox. Because of this, many manufacturers make repellants from fox urine or something very similar smelling. Other manufacturers have other products made to repel the pesty little critters.

If you want to try something that you can get at your local gropcery store, try moth balls. If you were to search the net for ideas you would read many many instances of people using moth balls to keep the squirrels away. Back a hundred (or two) years ago, moth balls were very popular. However, as mentioned above the use of moth balls is 'dissed' by many as being totally worthless. Only by trying will you know for sure.

Something else you might be able to but locally, and use as a repellant, are chili peppers. But the hottest you can find. Habaneras and cascabellas may work also. So buy the peppers, grind them up and stick them in your flower pots or around your garden. Squirrels don't like hot stuff.

Lastly, one problem with squirrel propellants (or any animal propellant) is that after a heavy rain they will probably be diluted or washed away, thus necessitating a re-application.

How to Get Rid of Squirrels Naturally, Idea #2

To keep them out of your bird feeder, you can buy special bird feeders that tilt or spin when something heavy, like a squirrel, sits on it (as opposed to a bird). Or, you can put baffles on the pole so they can't climb up it.

Or, you can feed the birds something that squirrels don't like. It is said that squirrels don't like safflower seeds because they are too bitter. So, fill your bird feeder with safflower seeds (which is already usually quite common in bird feed) The birds will still come and dine but hopefully your squirrels won't.

Lastly along this same line, instead of trying to keep them out of something, create a feeding area for the squirrels. This could be one of those stands with a cob of corn on - like you must have seen, or containers full of nuts, berries corn or sunflower seeds. Just make sure this 'squirrel feeding area' is far from your garden, house or whatever else you are trying to keep them from.

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How to Get Rid of Squirrels Naturally, Idea #3

Here is a safe and humane way to get rid of squirrels if they are in your attic. Now, here again, many will say this won't work, but others claim the extreme opposite.

The suggestion is to use a strobe light. There are some manufacturers who specialize in this specific product for getting rid of squirrels and other animals who may be inhabiting places they shouldn't be.

This method is supposed effective because it hurts their sensitive eyes and just drives them batty – just like a flashing strobe like would eventually bother you or I.

The squirrels should evacuate the area by themselves thus making it quite easy on you. Nothing to clean up or release. After they are gone, you have to find out how they got in and board it up so they don't return.

The only bad thing about these strobe lights is there cost. The cheapest can be a few hundred dollars, but it may be worth it since it is relatively simple to use and should be effective.

How to Get Rid of Squirrels Naturally, Idea #4

One last suggestion to get rid of squirrels naturally is to use a “live trap”. A “live trap” is where you catch them safely in a cage and then take them somewhere to release them.

Depending on how quick you want to get rid of the squirrels you can place the trap out in the yard (or wherever) and prop the door open such that it can't shut and trap the squirrel. By doing this you are giving the squirrels the chance to get used to the cage without being afraid of it.

Then after they have been exposed to it for a while, put some nice bait in it (like peanut butter) and you'll probably have your pest trapped within a short period of time.

Where do you get traps? Well, they can be bought online or maybe at your local hardware store. Some hardware stores may even rent them. Or, as a last resort you could hire a trapper/exterminator who would come out, access the situation and set the traps. (He would then deal with the release of them also.)

If you do the trapping your self, then you have to get rid of them. As mentioned above, the humane way is to release them. But, you can't just take them outside and let them go.

People say that squirrels have an uncanny ability to find their way back to you. So if you are going to let them go, you need to take them somewhere miles away. (Some even suggest to take a bunch of turns when taking them to their final destination in order to confuse them.)

So here are four methods to get rid of squirrels naturally. Give one or two a try to see how they work. Some of them really are not that expensive to try so you don't have much to lose, but much experience to gain.

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. . State Regulations

. . Planning

Squirrels in Your House

Squirrels in Your Yard

How To Get Rid of Squirrels

. . The Ultimate Question - What To do With A Trapped Squirrel

Squirrels in Your Bird Feeder

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