Imagine lying in your bed, just about ready to drift off into a deep sleep. Then you hear the sound of little scurrying feet just above your head. Wide awake now, you know exactly what it is. It's a squirrel.
Squirrels are not seasonal. They can be obnoxious all year. What can you do to banish these unwanted house guests? You can start by squirrel proofing your home in four simple steps.
Step #1: Check for Baby Squirrels
Often, when squirrels start building a home it's because they're preparing for a family. Check your attic for babies. Squirrels are born during the spring and fall months, and when they mature, the once-babies will be looking to set up their own residence, possibly within yours. So get rid of the babies through humane relocation as soon as possible.
Step #2: Close the Point of Entry
Figure out how the squirrels are getting in. Don't let the size of their entry fool you. Squirrels are tiny creatures and can squeeze through almost any hole when necessary. Once you figure out their access point, cover it. The best time to do this is mid-morning on a nice warm day. This time is perfect because squirrels are out feasting on nuts and berries, and you can avoid a standoff.
Step #3: Use a Repellent
Spray a repellent in the attic along the baseboards and near exposed wiring and wood. This will prevent squirrels from chewing and causing damage to your home. The hardware store carries various types of repellents. Or, you can make your own using a mixture of cayenne pepper, jalapeño pepper, and yellow onions.
Step #4: Close the Chimney Club
The attic isn't the only place where squirrels like to build their homes. They also enjoy a warm chimney. Here are a few things you can do to lessen the appeal of their hangout:
- Tie a sheet in knots or use a thick rope and drop it into the chimney. This will allow the squirrel to climb out on its own.
- Set a trap in front of the fireplace, and let them climb down through the house.
- Do not light the fireplace, or you will burn the squirrel to a crisp.
Squirrels can be Nuts
Remember, squirrels are wild animals and not pets. They may be cute, but they can carry rabies and other diseases. The last thing you want is to have one bite you.
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