Best Way To Get Rid Of Squirrels In Your Yard in 2017

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When you think of a squirrel, what strikes your mind?

How to trap and Get rid of them for good?

Well, your answer might be yes if you have squirrel problem in your yard or attic.

But for most people out there these little critters are among the most loved animals in the wildlife world, right!

It’s hard to believe these friendly animals can cause damages to your property?​

Yes….. Despite being cute and adorable, squirrels can cause great damage to both the interior as well as the exterior of your home. They can damage your attics by chewing wires, and rip up insulation and can also damage trees in your yard by building their nests, gnawing on, eating the bark etc.

At times, you might be surprised to know that your homeowner insurance policy too may not cover you for any damage caused by these adorable, friendly yet destructive creatures!

Most Effective Squirrel Repellent in 2017: Reviews

The most frequently asked question is how to control squirrels, and get rid of them permanently. The more logical answer around is “Trapping”. This method involves placing squirrel trap or a cage into the opening that the squirrel uses to enter the house and seal all the other opening. When the alternative passages are closed, the squirrel has no other way, and they will be forced to enter the cage. For effective results, you can put some sunflower seeds or any other food.

As this is the best way to get rid of squirrels in the yard, there are different types of trap cages available in the 2017 market. These are:

Havahart X Small One-Door Squirrel Trap

havahart small squirrel trap

Havahart small one-door animal trap is ideal for trapping small pests like squirrels, weasels, rat and the likes whenever their presence in your garden is becoming too much of a problem. It provides the most humane way to trap these small but stubborn animals without extra efforts thanks to the proven and tested designs. Professional trappers make use of the Havahart small 1-door animal trap because of its unique qualities which include:

A network of galvanized steel which help to prevent rust and corrosion the trap.

A highly sensitive external trigger rod placed outside to prevent damage to the animal and also ensure a clean catch.

A tough wire mesh which keeps other surrounding pests away.

Smaller mesh opening to prevent the case of stolen bait and pest escape

We Liked:

  • Unlike other traps, Havahart small 1-door animal trap ensures a perfectly clean catch which prevents you from viewing the horrors of a damaged animal.
  • The large handle attached to the trap provides protection during transportation of the trapped animal.
  • The smooth internal wire system provides protection for the trapped animal.

We Didn't Like:

  • Trap trigger may sometimes not be sensitive enough to catch the light weight and smart animals.

Woodstream Live Cage Trap

woodstream 1079 32inch cage trap

This animal trap is specially designed to trap animals of specific sizes. This is evident in the design and style of wire networking; certainly, this trap isn't limited to catching squirrels alone, it can also trap raccoons, stray cats, and animals of similar sizes.

It is made with:

Highly sensitive trigger to ensure a faster catch and a smaller mesh opening to prevent stolen bait and animal escape scenarios

One of a kind extreme external trigger rod

A spring loaded door, galvanized wire system and smooth internal edges.

We Liked:

  • The trap provides a certain level of satisfaction and peace of mind thanks to the design and structuring.
  • It also provides a clean catch.
  • The galvanized wires help to prevent rust no matter how long the trap stays exposed to the atmosphere.

We Didn't Like:

  • Trigger Rod is so sensitive it can be easily damaged

Havahart Medium One-Door Squuirrel Trap

havahart medium professional cage trap

This trap is specialized for catching somewhat larger and smarter nuisance animals. The one spring loaded door is highly effective against these fast pests and provides you with a comfortable catch in the end. Again, the Medium One-door Animal is fortified with an external system which prevents any form of damage to the animal in the trapping process.

We Liked:

  • This provides a means of catching larger pests like rabbits, large squirrels and so on.
  • Galvanized wires prevent rusting and corrosion of the cage.
  • The door and handle are quite solid which helps to provide protection during transportation of the trapped animal.
  • No need for assembling the trap, it comes fully assembled.

We Didn't Like:

  • Might be not sensitive enough for smaller rodents

Video below shows you instructions for operating a cage trap:

Video below shows you how one-way trap works:

Wildlife specialists consider this options to be not only effective but also humane. It’s a special one-way door designed with a tension flap which allows the squirrel only to exit but leaves no chances for entering back inside your home. This effectively repels and keep all rodents away from your compound.

Home Remedies to get rid of squirrels

Apart from causing severe damages to your home, squirrels can also bring health hazards. When a person comes in contact with the urine and droppings of the squirrel, he/she might be under the risk of salmonella infection. They can also cause fleas and tick to your pets. So, before squirrel become your enemy, get rid of them using the following simple home remedies.

  • Safflower Seeds – Since these seeds are bitter in taste, squirrels don’t like them. These seeds don’t cause any harm to the squirrels even to the birds.
  • Motion-Activated Sprinklers – If you’ve more squirrels in your garden, you can install a sprinkler system. This sprinkler doesn’t harm them rather it just scares them, thus protecting your garden from destruction.
  • Moth Balls –Made up of naphthalene flakes, these moth balls help repel the squirrels. Place moth balls at the squirrel infested places.
  • Spray Predator Urine - Spray predator urine near the squirrel infested places and near the plants in your garden. It doesn’t harm your plants; it works as a natural squirrel repellent. You can get the urine from your nearby zoo or shop online!
  • Fencing – Fencing your entire garden might seem like a better solution. But squirrels can easily nimble the fence wires, so instead of using wire fencing, consider an electric fence. It can save your garden not only from squirrels but also from all other rodents.
  • Light and sound - Let the light and radio on (high volume) near the squirrel infested points. Make sure it won’t bother you or your neighbors; lights and radio on high volume can irritate rodents like squirrels and will drive the pests to leave the place.

Must Do’s to prevent squirrel intrusion

  • Keep your property clean ensuring that there is nothing tempting for the squirrels
  • Close the ventilation openings with netting
  • ​Place a guard over the chimneys so that squirrels cannot enter into your home
  • Be proactive and act instantly if you have a family of squirrels in your home

Eco-friendly squirrel repellents

Most squirrels’ species are endangered and killing them is considered as a crime in most states. So while shopping for squirrel repellent products, look for something eco-friendly just like the following suggested products:

Havahart Critter Ridder

havahart squirrel repellent 32 oz

This repellent targets a range of animals through a nasty smell and taste, both of which are harmless to the rodents. The spray is rain-resistant and has an unpleasant pepper taste; making plants uneatable to animals & rodents. This spray leaves no residue or film coat on plants or flowers and also lasts up to 90 days.

Predator Pee – 100% Pure Fox Urine

fox urine squirrel repellent

It’s a more effective natural repellent and deterrent that stops pests like rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and skunks from getting in your garden and house. This solution creates an illusion that a predator is nearby and it triggers the fear that causes rodents to leave and never come back.

Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

ultrasonic squirrel repellent

This Pest Repeller emits 20~65KHZ ultrasonic affecting the endocrine system and physiological function of the pests. Thus it causes them to scramble here and there to find a peaceful area and forces them to leave your home. It’s 100% safe and environmental friendly; it’s easy to use, and the typical results can take 2 to 3 weeks depending on the amount of infestation.

Conclusion

Just as how we love our shelters, squirrels too love their homes. Squirrels are very brainy & smart; they will always find ways to come back where they feel comfort. Getting rid of them may sound easy, but it takes some effort and need a lot of patience.

We’ve all heard the adage Prevention Is Better than the Cure and this is 100% true when it comes to handling pests. So act now and get ready to stop these unwelcomed guests entering your home!

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