10 great tips to help with squirrel pest control. There are some obvious ones and others which may have never occurred to you. Read more and expand your knowledge on getting rid of squirrels.
Squirrels as Friend, Squirrels as Fiend
In many ways it is an odd thing that squirrels are much of the world's favorite animal.
Squirrels do not make good pets. They tend literally to bite the hands that feed and pet them. They can carry the fleas and mites that spread typhus and Lyme disease (you can read more about how they are transmitted at the National Library of Medicine & the CDC), and they band together to taunt, and sometimes injure, other family pets. More than one homeowner can tell stories of squirrels that became bold enough to run up their bodies and nip at their hands or ears.
Squirrels are not vegetarians. In addition to biting the occasional human finger, they will also feed on bird's eggs, baby song birds, insects, insect-hunting lizards, and human food scraps ranging from leftover Buffalo chicken wings to cold pizza.
Squirrels can do enormous damage to landscapes. Lacking the ability to distinguish red and green, they feed on green fruit and tomatoes as well as ripe fruit and tomatoes, often taking just a nibble to quench their thirst. They feed on flower bulbs and transplants and can devastate young trees.
Squirrels can do enormous damage to homes and apartments. They can fall into transformers, cutting off power to entire city blocks. They can gnaw insulation off connections to electricity, television, and television cables. They can eat through siding to find indoor spaces for their nests, and ground squirrels can disturb sidewalks and pier and beam foundations of houses.
This site does not advocate killing squirrels, although sometimes killing squirrels is permitted by law. You can find out more about the rules for where you live in the article "Does the Law Allow You to Kill Squirrels?"
The reason killing a squirrel is not recommended by this site, however, is that killing squirrels does not work. Humane methods are not just more socially acceptable, they are also more effective.
This site offers information on how to get rid of squirrels in your yard and how to get rid of squirrels in the attic. It provides pointers on how to get rid of squirrels naturally by understanding the important facts about squirrels and the different types of squirrels, especially the differences between red squirrels and gray squirrels. On this site, you can learn about how to get rid of squirrels naturally, choosing the best squirrel bait and choosing the best squirrel repellent. If it is a method for getting rid of squirrels that really works, you can read about it here.
It's fun to watch squirrels in parks and in the woods. But if you would prefer not to watch them gnaw through the ceiling while you have guests over for dinner, use the methods described on these pages for getting rid of squirrels—without killing them—for good.
Note: Browse through the articles below to find answers to any questions you may have about getting rid of squirrels:
To get rid of squirrels naturally you have to think like a squirrel. We describe squirrels behaviors, likes and dislikes in this article. Knowing how squirrels operate will help you choose the best natural deterrent for your given situation.
Red squirrels are eye-catchingly red. They are stunning beautiful animals. Unfortunately, they are an endangered species, mainly due to the introduction of gray squirrels, which carry diseases which the red squirrels have no protection against.
Read about Gray Squirrels, how to recognize them, why some people love them and why others hate them. The different types of Gray Squirrels, where they live, what they eat and how they bond as a community.
The law about killing squirrels varies from country to country and state to state. Read more about what the law says in your area, ignorance cannot be used as a defense.