SQUIRREL CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Pest control experts recommend several simple steps that will discourage squirrels from moving in to your building .
Prevention is the key to co-existing
- Never attempt to feed any wildlife as they will lose their fear of humans and often become more daring and prone to be hit by cars or attacked by pets
- Maintain roofs and buildings to prevent unwelcome tenants
- Trim shrubs at least a foot away from the building walls; we prefer 18″. This also reduces the attractiveness of the building to insect pests such as termites and carpenter ants.
- Install a chimney cap to prevent entry
- Make sure garbage bins and composts are secured. Garbage: garbage and trash cans should be made of metal and kept closed; clean up any spilled garbage around your trash cans both indoors and outside.
- Do not overflow bird feeders with seeds. Better yet – use a squirrel-proof feeder.
HUMANE SQUIRREL CONTROL
First, consider the time of year as babies may be in nests starting as early as February. The best time to address resident squirrel problems is before February or after September as the potential to separate a mother from its young is too high. If young are present please tolerate them until they are old enough to accompany the mother out.
When you are 100% sure there are no babies, you can use mild harassment techniques that are not harmful to the squirrels. To start, ensure that all potential food sources are eliminated and determine their point-of-entry or if there are multiple points. Do-it-yourself exclusion techniques are humane and inexpensive, but may take a little patience.
To Wildlife-Proof Your Home We Suggest You Consider the Following Areas.
Constructed of light weight aluminum or plastic, they are no obstacle for animals seeking entry into attics.
If not screened properly, they make suitable living quaters for raccoons and squirrels. Birds often fall into open chimneys and become stuck at the bottom. Sometimes these animals even enter the “living space” of the home.
Plumbing Vent Pipes
If left unprotected, they are an invitation to animals seeking den sites inside of the house. Once inside the pipe, wildlife often become stuck and obstructs the normal function of the buildings plumbing system.