Squirrels are cute, until you find yourself chasing one around your living room with a frying pan. If a squirrel, or multiple squirrels, gets inside your house, they can chew up insulation, nibble on dangerous electrical wires, spread diseases with their feces and urine, and cause odors when they die and decompose. In short, they’re not great pets. That is why you want to make sure they are unable to get inside your house. Here are some ways to avoid having a squirrel running loose through your home.
Keeping Squirrels out of Your Yard
The best way to keep squirrels out of your house is to keep them out of your yard. First, as adorable as they are, don’t feed them. They will just begin inviting themselves more and more. Then, make sure your garbage cans are sealed up tight so that they can’t smell any delicious food scraps. Also, if you have any long tree branches extending towards your roof, trim them back so no rodent can use them as a bridge. Finally, if you have any dogs or cats, you may be able to put them to use by letting them patrol your yard and scare off any approaching squirrels.
Keeping Squirrels out of Your Home
Keeping squirrels away from your yard is your best line of defense, however, you should still safeguard your house as well. Remember, squirrels don’t need to use the front door, any openings on your roof, eaves, or exterior will suffice, so look around your house and repair or seal up any gaps. Squirrels can get through any hole larger than a ping pong ball, so search carefully. If you enjoy keeping potted flowers in and around your house, then some flowers that squirrels hate are, daffodils, snowdrops, allium and hyacinth. Plant these to impress guests and deter squirrels at the same time. Speaking of deterrents, spraying wolf and tiger urine around your house's foundation is sure to make them think twice before coming near your home. Follow these tips, and squirrels shouldn’t give you any trouble.
Squirrels are one of the most commonly found rodents in America. Since people usually only see them climbing up trees and telephone poles, they are mostly considered harmless. And while outside, they are. But inside, they can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. Fortunately, keeping them outside is a simple task. For more advice, or to receive quality pest control services, give Gibson a call today.