The squirrel population is increasing in your neighborhood. You have been experiencing some problems with squirrels chewing through the branches of your fruit trees. They are causing damage to your crops and they will soon eat all the fruits off them! The problem is getting worse every year. There are no easy solutions but there are several things you can do to try to prevent further damage and increase security around your fruit trees.
How To Prevent Damage From Squirrels?
You need to learn how to use deterrents to deter squirrels from damaging your fruit trees. If you don’t have any, then you can buy some and put them around the perimeter of your fruit trees. These are usually small metal or plastic collars which contain a spring loaded release mechanism when triggered by a key. When the trigger is released, the collar releases its contents into the air where it attracts squirrels away from nearby trees.
Another way to discourage squirrels from eating your fruit trees is to plant edible fruit trees near your house. These are fruit trees such as apples, pears, plums and cherries.
They provide a source of food for squirrels and other wildlife so they won’t bother your fruit trees too much. Also, if you have any pets like cats or dogs, these creatures may become attracted to the tasty treats provided by the garden plants. This will help keep them away from your fruit trees as well.
How To Get Rid Of Squirrels?
Various methods and home remedies have been suggested to get rid of squirrels altogether. One of the most common is to buy an ultrasonic repellent. These devices are advertised to scare squirrels away by emitting high frequency sounds that humans can’t hear but animals can. They are powered by batteries and can be strapped to a tree or placed on the ground.
If you don’t want to spend money, there are some alternative methods for repelling squirrels. One of these is to string fishing line at ankle height between two trees.
The thinking behind this is that if a squirrel tries to run across they will get their legs tangled in the line. It’s also supposed to work if you put nails or screws on the line as well. Another repellent is to take a two liter plastic bottle and fill it with water and a little bit of pepper. Once the top is on, poke two or three holes in it with a sharp object like a nail. The water and pepper will come out of the holes when you hang it from branches. The idea is that the squirrels will smell the pepper and not want to get too close.
If you’ve tried everything and need to get rid of the squirrels, there are some ways to do this without harming or killing them. One thing you can do is to use a special type of net made for trapping squirrels.
These can be put over the trees branches to catch any squirrels climbing up. You may need to check the trap often if you plan on relocating the animals as they will otherwise become trapped and possibly die of hunger or dehydration.
There are also repellents available that can be used to keep them away from unwanted areas. This includes ultrasonic repellents which have been briefly discussed earlier.
These work in the same way but they are supposed to be more effective at repelling not only squirrels but also larger animals such as deer. There are also sprays and powders made of things like rotten egg and coyote urine that are supposed to scare them away.
If there is a nest in the area you want to keep them away from, one of the most common solutions is to get a cat. The idea is that they will be drawn to the area by the smell of the animals and quickly get rid of any squirrels in the area.
If you are uncomfortable with this idea, or if it isn’t an option, there are other repellents that work on a scent level. One of these is to use the urine of predators such as wolves or coyotes. The idea is that the smell will scare away all animals, not just squirrels.
Squirrels are common pests that can cause quite a bit of damage to your backyard or garden area. There are a lot of ways to keep these animals out and to get rid of them if they do become a problem.
It is up to you to decide what methods will work best for your situation. By taking the time now you can protect your yard and garden so you can enjoy all the fruits of your labor.
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