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How To Keep Squirrels Out Of Fruit Trees

Squirrel in fruit treeCan you imagine waiting an entire season for the fruit to ripen on your backyard tree, and then going out one day to find all the fruit gone? That’s exactly what happened to me, and I was mad.

Below is a list of 5 things you can do to keep squirrels out of your fruit trees… Continue reading

Grey Squirrel Facts

Grey SquirrelThe grey squirrel is native to North America. They are typically greyish brown on their backside and tail with a white underside, but color variations do occur and are prevalent in certain populations. There are both all white and all black variations of the grey squirrel. There are also mixes of those two (most likely through cross breeding) consisting of black with white tails and white with black tails.

In the wild the grey squirrel prefers deciduous woodlands but is easily able to live in rural and urban areas such… Continue reading

How to Keep Squirrels Out Of Garden

Keep Squirrels out of GardenImagine spending hours of hard work planting a hundred or more flower bulbs in your garden, only to discover a few days later that they’re all gone. Eaten by squirrels.

Keeping squirrels out of the garden is… Continue reading

Squirrels Eating Plants

Squirrel in GardenSquirrels eating plants, especially the ones you’ve purchased and painstakingly planted in your garden, can be a very frustrating problem to deal with.

In an upcoming article I’ll be discussing how to protect flower bulbs from squirrels, which is often a big problem for backyard gardeners because squirrels love to eat flower bulbs the way you and I might enjoy a Bloomin Onion.

In this article, however, are a few of the simpler methods used to deter squirrels from eating your garden plants… Continue reading

Squirrel Damage

Squirrel DamageSquirrel damage to homes can be costly. Squirrels can chew through just about anything that’s not made of metal. Their front teeth continue growing throughout their entire lives so to keep them trimmed to a proper length squirrels chew on stuff.

A major problem arises when squirrels abandon their normal methods of teeth trimming which include chewing on acorns, walnuts or other hard coated seeds gathered from trees, and will instead chew on your house, and property. They might chew on your wood siding, roofing shingles, doors, sheds, barns, grill covers, patio furniture, plastic yard lights, non-metal parts of parked cars, etc..

So how do you stop them from destroying your stuff. There are several methods that Continue reading

Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder Considerations

Does your squirrel proof bird feeder have as many obstacles between the squirrel and the food as this one does? Continue reading

Squirrel Trapping Tips

Squirrel in yardIn my previous post, “How To Catch A Squirrel In A Trap” I talked about using squirrel traps to capture nuisance squirrels which can then be released elsewhere, (check out the article to learn a little about the homing abilities of squirrels).

Today however while I was thinking about the article I had written, and about using squirrel traps to stop squirrels from nesting in attics, eating tulip bulbs, and digging up your garden, I realized that I should have given a few tips and cautions on what to do once you actually have a wild squirrel trapped in a cage.

Three tips for handling squirrelsContinue reading

How To Catch A Squirrel In A Trap

Using Live Trap To Catch SquirrelOne method commonly employed to rid attics and gardens of squirrels is to use a live trap.

As determined as squirrels are to get into bird feeders for a little bit of food, it doesn’t take much effort to catch and trap a squirrel. The cages typically work by placing food on a weight sensitive plate that’s connected to the door.

When the squirrel enters the cage and steps on the plate to get the food, the door drops behind him and he’s trapped. Sounds simple right? But that’s where it gets complicated. Continue reading

Keep Squirrels Out Of Bird Feeder

Keep Squirrels Out Of Bird FeederStopping squirrels from raiding your bird feeder by placing a squirrel feeder in your yard is known as the distraction method or Diversion method.

It frequently works well when used in combination with… Continue reading

How To Stop Squirrels Using A Fake Owl

How To Stop Squirrels Using A Fake OwlUsing a fake owl to scare away squirrels has been a method in use for a long time. It’s meant to trick squirrels into thinking there’s a predator nearby. But how well does it work? Are squirrels scarred away at the sight of a fake owl?

Just like all mammals, squirrels have… Continue reading

Scaring Squirrels

1) How to stop squirrels with a dog:

As with any squirrel deterrent strategy this idea has its pros and cons and the effectiveness of using a dog or cat to scare away squirrels depends upon… Continue reading

Mothballs and Squirrels

You may have heard of the idea of using mothballs to drive away squirrels. When I first heard of this idea I was intrigued for all of about 60 seconds until… Continue reading

Squirrels – If You Can’t Beat Them Join Them

Squirrels in GardenHere at How To Stop Squirrels, I’ve written about numerous methods for deterring nuisance squirrels. If you haven’t tried them already check them out. But there is yet one more theory floating around the internet for how to best fight the squirrel war. It suggests that… Continue reading

Gift Ideas for Those Who Hate Squirrels

Here at How To Stop Squirrels, I’ve written several articles discussing various methods for keeping nuisance squirrels out of bird feeders, gardens, and attics.

I know there are some people who are very determined to stop those pesky squirrels. If you happen to know one of these people, I’ve put together a list of some of the best gifts ideas for your loved ones who are fighting the proverbial squirrel war… Continue reading