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How To Get Rid Of Squirrels From Your Yard Or Garden

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Are Squirrels Bad For Your Yard?

If you’ve ever known the pleasure of watching squirrels carry around nuts and seeds in their mouth to prepare for winter, you’ve also known the damage they can do to your garden and yard. Squirrels will happily damage bulbs and corms that you might plant and even cause aesthetic damage to your lawn as they run around foraging for food. They are quick to steal any ripe fruit growing on your trees, and will happily snatch up any berries you have lovingly grown in your garden. Perhaps more importantly, squirrels are transmitters of disease and can often carry ticks, fleas and ringworm. Read on to find out how to rid your garden or yard of adorable but pesky squirrels. 

How To Rid Your Yard Or Garden Of Squirrels 

Remove Any Easy Food Sources

Don’t feed squirrels in your yard or garden, or put out any food squirrels might consider a food source. This includes setting out bird feeders or putting accessible food scraps in your garden as compost. This includes removing any fruit or nuts that have fallen from your trees or trees in neighboring yards. Keep up with regular maintenance of your yard and be sure to throw out any ripe or overripe fruit or vegetables in a garbage can with a tight-fitting lid.

Scare Them Away

Pets such as dogs or cats often scare squirrels away or even just keep them out of your yard. Wind chimes might work to scare squirrels away for a short period of time, however, as soon as they get used to the sound it will become ineffective. You can try changing the sounds occasionally to prolong their deterrence. Similarly, an owl made of plastic or wood can help to discourage squirrels from your yard or garden, but this owl will also need to be moved periodically to keep squirrels afraid and on their toes.

Keep Them Away

If squirrels are continually entering your garden despite your efforts to keep them away, you might try building a fence around your garden and even employ netting around edible plants to ensure your vegetables remain uneaten. 

If you are having trouble keeping squirrels out of your yard and are finding mixing and changing up your tactics is too costly or time consuming, call a wildlife or pest professional to help control the squirrel population in your yard or garden.

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