When you first thought of a shed, chances are you never intended to house wildlife critters such as squirrels. But they came anyway, didn’t they? If you own a shed then wildlife invasion inevitably becomes a part of your life. Today we’ll examine the effectiveness of squirrel repellents in keeping squirrels away from your shed.
What Invites Squirrels?
Squirrels are attracted to your shed because of what you have stored inside. They forage for nuts and seeds and so if you’ve got anything of that category locked away in your shed they’ll come to reap. Additionally, as the climate gets cold, these little critters, like many others will come running to your shed for warmth.
Squirrel Repellent Ideas
One trick is to identify the things that repel squirrels and use them to discourage them from entering your shed. Popular squirrel repellents include;
- Introducing light into the infested area. Since squirrels prefer the secretive nature of dark spaces they are likely to leave.
- Introducing the apple cider vinegar odour. You can do this by soaking cloth or sponge in vinegar and placing it inside the infested space. Squirrels don’t like the smell so they’ll get out to avoid it.
- Introducing noise to the space. Tune a portable radio to a talk station and let it sit in the infested space. The noise should drive the critters out.
After a while, these methods become ineffective. They either lose their odour or deteriorate over time.
Squirrel Control Methods to Avoid
Using poisons and dangerous chemicals to get rid of squirrels should not be on your list of squirrel control options. If you opt for this method you may well find yourself in trouble with the law for cruelty to a wildlife animal.
Trapping and relocating squirrels without the input of the experts is also discouraged. This is how many female squirrels get separated from their young ones. This happens because very few people know that between the months of February and October, squirrels nest with their young which means that a squirrel that is found indoors during this period is likely to be a mother. Consequently, many homeowners unwittingly orphan baby squirrels by relocating the mother
Relocated mother squirrels have a tendency to abandon their babies when they are placed in unfamiliar territory. Sadly, many of these vulnerable baby squirrels do not survive the ordeal. Furthermore, if remove these animals and do not employ any exclusion strategies, the squirrels are likely to return. This is referred to as the “Rebound Effect.”
Think twice before closing access points. Are you certain that all the squirrels are gone? Usually, people think they’ve successfully chased squirrels away when they are still inside. And as bad as it is, having a squirrel trapped inside is far worse than having one that comes and goes at will.
Experts on the Job
Since squirrel repellents by themselves do not effectively solve the squirrel invasion problem you need to consider your other options. Do note that some alternatives are not recommended because they are either ineffective, inhumane illegal or a combination of these.
The professional humane animal control and removal services of Skedaddle are ideal for homeowners who want to rid their property of bothersome squirrels. At Skedaddle we combine humane removal methods with equally humane deterrent measures including squirrel repellent to ensure that your domestic space remains critter free.