How to Keep Squirrels Out of the Yard

How to Keep Squirrels Out of the Yard

Squirrels are cute, as long as they don’t get into your garden or into your house. Squirrels have voracious appetites and strong teeth that can cut through anything. They will happily eat the vegetables you’re growing and chew their way into the attic. Once indoors, they will cause all kinds of damage. Making your yard a little less appealing to these critters is therefore a good idea. Protecting your home even further by covering known entry points is even better. Call us today for an inspection and squirrel exclusion service. We offer humane solutions to squirrel problems in Burlington.

When keeping any animal out of the yard, it’s important that you limit their access to food. Get rid of anything the animal could eat. So, keep the yard tidy and pick up any fruit that fall to the ground, like apples. Cover your vegetable garden with row covers or mesh. When planting bulbs, you can cover them in chicken wire before burying them in the soil. Avoid feeding the birds. Pick up acorns and rake the leaves in the fall. You should also clean out the gutters, so there are fewer nesting materials for the squirrels to use.

If some squirrels are still giving you trouble, try using deterrents. Apple cider vinegar, for example, is effective at keeping squirrels away because the critters can’t stand the smell. Simply spray or pour the vinegar around the deck and exteriors of potted plants. Dilute 1 part vinegar with 10 parts water to spray it onto your plants. Similarly, you can sprinkle some cayenne pepper into your flower beds. The spice is simply too hot for squirrels to handle. Alternatively, you can dilute some hot sauce and use it as a spicy spray. You can also find electronic deterrents that emit ultrasonic noises when the squirrels come near.

How to Keep Squirrels Out of the Attic

Squirrels love attics because they are safe and warm. To get inside, they usually chew they way through soffits, roof vents, gaps in the roof’s edge, and other such vulnerabilities. A typical opening is about the width of a golf ball. If you want to keep them out, keep your roof in good condition. Fix gaps and openings in the roof with silicone caulking, metal flashing, or mesh. Then, protect your roof further by covering vents with mesh and screwing the material into the roof. Use a 16-gauge, quarter inch mesh for galvanized steel. Add mesh to the soffits where they meet the roof below, as well.

The professionals at Pest Control Burlington are experienced in squirrel-proofing homes across the GTA. Our inspections are thorough, and our exclusion service is guaranteed. We can find every vulnerability on your property, then address them so that no squirrel ever breaks through. Our exclusion work comes with a written guarantee and warranty of up to 2 years. So, if squirrels get inside, we will come right back and fix the problem for free. Call us today for humane squirrel removal and exclusion services in Burlington.