They get in the garbage and birdfeeders. They build nests in the most irritating areas of the garage, attic and eaves. The biggest annoyance of all is if they”swear” in you when you come and go from your house.
There are several ways to dissuade them:
Place a baffle or squirrel guard on bird feeder poles.
Make certain the bird feeders are at least squirrel-jumping distance away from trees and perches.
Use metal garbage cans and bird feeders rather than plastic that they can chew through.
Use a spring loaded perch bird feeder place so it won’t open with the weight of the shrub.
Use squirrel repellents like chili powder, red peppers or cayenne sprinkled in which you need them to stay away.
Locate the holes where they are getting in and patch up them.
All of the work, I can tell you from experience. I will even tell you that when you attempt to keep them away from one place they invade another place. He crawled down the drain port stack thinking it was an interesting place to construct a nest, swam into the restroom and then panicked when he discovered the toilet seat down until he drowned. I think about all the fun my cat and dog might have had if the chair was up – and my family still teases me about crying my head off when I discovered it!
You do have to respect the small rodents.
They are aware that the dog can not chase them beyond the fence and the cat can not get them through the display, so they can swear at them all they need at a safe distance.
They’re amazing acrobats that will try anything and chew through anything to get to meals.
My ingenious husband developed a plan to utilize their inquisitiveness against them. He wrapped empty coffee cans on trees spaced several feet apart (since squirrels are territorial) and place sunflower seeds in them to feed them.
That is when we made the most awesome discovery. Should you feed them, they will leave other regions alone! They did not even make nests in our garage ; rather then made nests in the trees near the feeders.
I must warn you that you will need a java can feeder for every squirrel if you don’t would like to obey these squabble all day long when another squirrel enters their territory.
Soon we found that every squirrel had its own character. Another would catch a seed, eat on the rim of the coffee can with its rear the tree trunk so that it could watch its domain name while it ate. We discovered squirrels even more entertaining than birds!
Speaking of amusement … squirrel feeders are an enjoyable way for the furry court jesters to work for their dinner and”earn their keep”.
Place ears of dried corn on the conclusion of a squirrel spinner or arrow and enjoy watching them attempt to consume it.
Set a corn cob at the conclusion of a squirrel bungee.
Put seeds or nuts at a squirrel munch box where they will need to open a lid to pull food out.
Extend a cable or cable from one tree to another so that they need to tightrope-walk to get to the food.
There are also adorable corn cob feeders designed to seem like small picnic tables or adirondack chairs.
As they say, if you can not beat them join them. We found that feeding the squirrels not only kept them out of trouble, but amused us as well.