I’ve always had a soft spot for squirrels. They look so friendly when they’re nibbling away on stored nuts and things, going about their squirrely business. But my mom never liked squirrels. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out why. That’s until I got a bird feeder.
We got our feeder to bring a little nature to our porch and to give our cats a bit of entertainment. The birds were very happy until this winter, when a squirrel discovered our feeder and began to treat it as its personal buffet station. It would clean out our full feeder in a day or two, and I had no idea how to stop them!
I quickly realized another reason why my mom disliked squirrels so much: they always raided her tomato plants. Growing tomatoes takes work and birdseed isn’t cheap; squirrels quickly become less cute and more of a nuisance when they’re nibbling away on your hard work!
Controlling Nuisance Squirrels
Squirrels are quick and crafty and once they’ve found a reliable food source (especially in times of scarcity) it’s very difficult to get them to stop. The three main areas squirrels are most problematic are with bird feeders, in garden plots, and causing general destruction to your property, but there are simple things you can do to for quick and easy squirrel control.
1) Protecting Bird Feeders:
The best way to protect your feeder from squirrels and larger birds is by using a squirrel baffle, or deflector. These are usually dome shaped and made of durable plastic or metal. They can be hung above the feeder if hung on a tree or in an area where squirrels gain access to the feeder from above, or set below on a post or pole to prevent squirrels from climbing up and gaining access to the feeder. We carry lots of different styles and models to suit your needs and to help ensure your feeder is for birds only.
2) Protecting Gardens and Plants:
Short of covering all your plants in an impenetrable cage, it’s almost impossible to keep critters from sampling your vegetables. However, repellents often do a great job of keeping squirrels at bay. Repellents are made of naturally derived ingredients that do not hurt the animals, but irritate them and make the treated area unpleasant to be around. Granular products are perfect for potted plants and garden plots. You can sprinkle the product all through the soil, or create a barrier anywhere needed. They’ll last a few weeks, but if your squirrel population is especially high or there are heavy rains in your area, you will have to apply the squirrel repellent more often.
3) Protecting Property From Damage:
Squirrels, like many rodents, tend to gnaw on things. From the siding on your home to your garden hoses, there are many susceptible items lying around your property. Using a spray repellent makes it easy to keep squirrels away. Using very similar naturally derived ingredients as a granular formula, a spray can be used on almost any surface. Simply spray until item is coated, reapplying every few weeks. This will help keep squirrels away from your items and can even help create a barrier to keep squirrels out.
Adding these products to your squirrel-fighting arsenal can help create a squirrel-free zone in your yard. No more worrying about gnawed-on tomatoes or empty bird feeders with these helpful, safe, and easy to use products. Maybe I can go back to liking squirrels again!