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Spring Is Here: How to Humanely Deter Squirrels from Making Your Home Theirs

Feb 29, 2024

As spring blossoms in Northern Illinois, bringing with it the promise of warmer days and blooming flowers, it also marks the beginning of breeding season for local wildlife, including the ever-active squirrel. While squirrels are fascinating creatures to observe as they dart and dash through our yards, they can become unwelcome guests when they decide to make our homes their own. In their quest for the perfect nesting site, squirrels can inadvertently cause significant damage to attics, eaves, and even the wiring within our walls.

However, as a wildlife removal company that prides itself on high quality, professional, environmentally sound, and humane animal control, we believe there are effective ways to deter these agile critters without causing them harm. Here are some tips to help you humanely discourage squirrels from taking up residence in your home this spring.

Secure Entry Points

The first step in humane squirrel deterrence is to prevent access to potential nesting sites. Conduct a thorough inspection of your home’s exterior, paying close attention to the roofline, eaves, and vents. Look for any openings or damage that could serve as an entry point. Sealing these gaps with sturdy materials, such as metal flashing or hardware cloth, can effectively block access while ensuring squirrels remain unharmed.

Trim Tree Branches

Squirrels are excellent climbers and jumpers, often using overhanging branches to gain access to roofs and attics. By trimming tree branches that come within 6-8 feet of your home, you can remove this access route, encouraging squirrels to find nesting sites elsewhere.

Install Squirrel Baffles

For homeowners with bird feeders, it’s well-known that squirrels are persistent in their efforts to access the seeds. Installing squirrel baffles on feeder poles or suspending them above feeders can prevent squirrels from reaching the food, reducing their incentive to stay near your home.

Use Natural Repellents

There are several natural repellents that can discourage squirrels from settling in your area. For example, the scent of peppermint oil is often unappealing to squirrels. Soaking cotton balls in peppermint oil and placing them in areas where squirrels are likely to enter or nest can help keep them at bay. Similarly, commercial repellents designed to mimic predator scents can also be effective, though they should be used responsibly and in accordance with manufacturer instructions.

Offer Alternative Nesting Sites

Providing alternative nesting sites, such as squirrel boxes placed away from your home, can offer squirrels a more appealing option than your attic. This approach aligns with humane wildlife control practices by supporting the natural behavior of squirrels while keeping them safely distanced from human habitats.

Professional Wildlife Removal

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, squirrels may still find their way into our homes. In such cases, it’s crucial to seek the help of professional wildlife removal services that specialize in humane squirrel removal. These professionals can safely relocate squirrels to suitable habitats, preventing harm to the animals and further damage to your property.

As we welcome the beauty of spring in Northern Illinois, let’s also embrace coexistence with our local wildlife. By taking proactive, humane steps to deter squirrels from nesting in our homes, we can prevent damage, protect the well-being of these curious creatures, and enjoy a peaceful season.

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