Squirrel Control – Try these tips .They might even work!
Practice good sanitation and maintenance: As is so often the case in the garden, prevention is the best solution. Don’t leave pet foods out in the open. Cover garbage cans and barbecues. Prune branches six feet away from the ground and from the roof of your property. Repair construction gaps (with wood or sheet metal) to keep squirrels from making a nest in your attic.
Squirrel proof your trees and shrubs: Trees that are sufficiently far apart from each other can be squirrel-proofed by fastening a 12-inch-wide band of sheet metal around the trunks six feet from the ground. Some folks completely cage-off their bushes and small trees before the fruit ripen. Others suspend aluminum pie plates from their woody plants, and dare squirrels to run the gauntlet. They often do.
Cage your bulbs: Before planting bulbs, set homemade or store-bought metal cages into planting holes. Alternatively, place a wire mesh over the entire bed once you’ve finished planting. To avoid interference with new growth, ensure that the mesh holes are 2 1/2 inches in diameter, or simply remove mesh in spring. Bulbs can also be dipped in RO-PEL®, a commercial repellent, prior to planting.
Use barriers for your flowers and vegetables: Various barriers—chicken wire, hardware cloth, 1- to 2-inch metal mesh—can be spread over the ground and cut to fit around plant stems. Or completely cover over newly planted vegetables with a chicken wire fence.
Experiment with repellents and electronic deterrents: Sensory barriers like hot pepper wax, mothballs, and predator urine can be used around the garden, but need to be reapplied and alternated on a regular basis (they are not that effective). Sound-emitting devices seem to have very limited effectiveness (Don’t waste your money. In order to deter squirrels, they’d have to be so loud that they’d deter you as well).
Set up a diversion feeding station: If it took the squirrels just a few minutes to figure out how to break into your fancy new “squirrel-proof” bird-feeder, distract them with their own alternative feeder somewhere.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET THEM OUT AND KEEP THEM OUT!
First and foremost, don’t feed the birds. Don’t feed any kind of animal outside. Even pets should be fed inside, never leave their food outside. Squirrels are very mobile, and a pet dish or bird feeding station is “open” territory, so any and every animal will be attracted to that area to eat the food or to eat the animals that eat the food!
Not only that, but these animals will almost certainly vector diseases between each other and may also do the same for you. Americans are inveterate bird-feeders, and industries have grown up, catering to those that like to feed the birds. Restrain yourself.
True naturalists will confirm that feeding wildlife is not a good idea. So will any exterminator. The animals will find their food well enough without our help and be better for it. So will we. Enjoy them, sure, but leave them alone.
Squirrels are generally small animals, ranging in (2.8–3.9 in) in length, and just 10 g (0.35 oz) in weight, to the which is 53–73 cm (21–29 in) long, and weighs from 5 to 8 kg (11 to 18 lb). Squirrels typically have slender bodies with bushy tails and large eyes. Their fur is generally soft and silky, although much thicker in some species than others. The color of squirrels is highly variable between – and often even within – species.
As their large eyes indicate, squirrels generally have an excellent sense of vision, which is especially important for tree-dwelling species. They also have very versatile and sturdy claws for grasping and climbing. Many also have a good sense of touch, with vibrissae on their heads and limbs.
Squirrels breed once or twice a year, and give birth to a varying number of young after three to six weeks, depending on species. Ground and tree squirrels are typically diurnal, while flying squirrels tend to be nocturnal—except for lactating flying squirrels and their offspring which have a period of diurnality during the summer.