While squirrels mean no harm to humans, their loud and consistent chattering can become a nuisance to a homeowner, especially when there’s more than one. Many people over the years have found many different repellants to be the solution for keeping these noisy animals far away, but the question is “Are these repellants really effective?” Although repellants can
seem tempting in running the squirrels away, not a single product has been demonstrated to actually work, and scents don’t last very long and you have to keep reapplying them every so often, and even then, it's futile, because they don't work.
This means more money spent for products that don't even provide temporary evictions. Long term solutions require that you catch and remove the squirrels.
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Substituting food sources
If you have a garden that the squirrels just love to get into, you’re probably fed up with it. Instead of removing your garden, consider setting up a feeder for the squirrels that contain peanut butter or corn. The idea is based on the fact that if you substitute your garden with another easily accessible food source, chances are that they’ll leave your garden alone. The feeder should be placed in a spot that has had the most activity so that the squirrels will see it quickly. This could actually work for a while, but it will require that you continuously fill the feeder. Not to mention, now that you’re giving away free food, they’re more than likely going to invite their friends over for supper and we’re not just talking squirrels! Even if you install a feeder, it doesn’t guarantee that they’ll leave your garden alone completely.
Liquid and Powder Based Repellants
For many years, people have been trying to use repellants to keep animals from ruining their yard, garden and crops. Yet, the
effectiveness to keep these repellants around is ridiculous. It’s not true that repellants inside an attic actually repel squirrels; they've been proven time and again in the field to be totally ineffective. I myself
have been inside attics with over 50 pounds of mothballs, but the squirrels don't care. And as far as repellents set outside, it's even worse, because if there is a heavy rain, you will have to reapply the repellents repeatedly. This can be frustrating for someone with a big yard considering they’ll be spending a great deal of money just to keep the squirrels away for a while. Repellants are designed to be sprayed on plants and around the perimeter of your home. They can be bought as powder, liquid or in capsules for your convenience. However, repellants can be harmful to pets including other, non-targeted, animals. They can be harmful to your family, pets and your crops. They can even leave a taste in your vegetables making them bitter even after thoroughly washing them. While this is not true for all repellants, it still doesn’t offer you a permanent solution to your problem.
Seal Them Out
The real best form of squirrel repellent is prevention. Look at the below photograph. I'm sealing shut an open hole leading into the attic! That'll keep squirrels out for good. No deterrent products needed, just a good old fashioned soffit vent cover and a couple of screws.
The technology of the “Evictor” is another tool used for repelling squirrels. The Evictor is
marketed as a safe and harmless to any animal that comes in contact with it. It consists of a flashing probe light that is especially high strength. It flashes 90 times per second while attacking the sensitivity of a squirrel’s eyes. This light is unbearable for squirrels and supposedly sends them on their way within two days. The Evictor is
said to be more effective when placed along a squirrel’s regular route to get food and water. The only problem with this is that it has to be used inside of the home in places like an attic or basement,
and it just doesn't work, even if you use several of them. There’s also no guarantee that the squirrels will leave your home, especially if they have a family with them.
The squirrels don't seem to care, or they just go down soffits, walls, or
If you think zapping these critters will keep them away, installing an electric fence around your garden or yard might serve your purpose of keeping the squirrels away. That is if you have no tree limbs that hang over in your yard. If you have trees in your yard, installing a fence may seem pointless considering squirrels can live in trees in openings that are not accessible to human beings. Installing a fence may actually keep some squirrels out while locking others in; however, electric fences can be harmful not only to the squirrels, but to other animals and even humans as well and is not advised.
What’s The Truth Behind Squirrels; Mothballs A Repellent Or No?
When you get squirrels in your home they stop being the cute fluffy-tailed animals that they were and they enter the same category as rats, mice and other annoying pests. They can damage your home, defecate inside and if they die inside that can mean that your home will stink for more than a few days. A lot of people use repellents, but for the most part they are very ineffective and you end up spending money for nothing. Others will tell you, don’t give up because there is something that you can try with squirrels; mothballs.
There are many pests that can invade your home like mice, rats, squirrels; mothballs are thought to be effective in getting all of them out. In truth you may see some positive effect when you spread the mothballs in the locations where the squirrels are, but it often will not be your final solution. Keep in mind also that mothballs are toxic and should be kept away from your kitten and your pooch because they can ingest them and get in trouble. You are better off to stick with a few high quality traps.
Here are my other squirrel guides:
how to get squirrels out of the attic
- for advanced tips and advice
squirrel removal page
home page with basic information
tips page, bait, trap types
analysis of whether it works or not
how to kill squirrels
should you use poison?
how to catch squirrels
methods to catch them safely
how to keep away squirrels