Canada is home to many different varieties of squirrels, including ground-dwelling, flying and tree squirrels. Common ground squirrels enter a hibernation state in the winter, while tree squirrels are active year-round. All Canadian squirrels use their tails for warmth and balance when climbing or jumping. While squirrels are commonly seen in Montreal parks, they can destroy your yard if not contained. They can cause damage to your flowers, trees, wood structures and electrical wiring. Luckily, there are a few strategies you can use to keep squirrels at bay. Read below for more information on wildlife prevention Montreal:
How Can I Identify Squirrels?
Weighing between 16 and 24 ounces, the common gray squirrel is the type most likely invading your backyard. While the name suggests they are always gray in color, gray squirrels actually come in a variety of colors including tan, light brown, black and dark brown. They have white stomachs and tails that measure approximately 10 inches in length. The tail is one of the grey squirrel’s most recognizable features, known for being bushy and thick.
With their excellent sense of smell, squirrels are masters at finding hidden berries and nuts. Bird feeders filled with seeds are a key squirrel attractant. Most of these rodents are known to take seeds found in bird feeders and bury them, often choosing to dig in potted plants or the garden.
How Much Damage Can Squirrels Cause?
While squirrels are small, they can cause a lot of damage to your yard. They love digging up spring bulbs to eat, and then use the holes the flowers were planted in to store other food they find. Whether your bulbs are planted in a potted plant or your garden, squirrels will find them. They can cause considerable damage elsewhere as well if left to take over your yard:
- Tree damage: Squirrels gnaw on tree bark when they can’t find other sources of food. Squirrels can cause a lot of damage to young trees. Bark stripping is a serious threat for trees that are less than a year old. Excessive gnawing from squirrels can prevent saplings from fully developing and can even cause premature deterioration.
- Lawn holes: Squirrels dig deep holes to hide the fruit and nuts they find. Holes are not only unsightly, but they also wreak havoc on the health of your lawn and pose a threat to trees and plants trying to find the proper nourishment to grow.
- Plant destruction: Squirrels also commonly eat and uproot plants and flowers. Flowers destroyed by squirrels can cost you a lot of money to replace if you have a large flower garden or an extensive collection of potted plants.
How Can I Keep Squirrels Out of My Yard?
There are strategies to discourage squirrels from invading your yard. These rodents are creatures of habit and have preferences when it comes to food and shelter. While squirrels are opportunistic feeders, there are plants they tend to avoid. Try planting daffodils, geraniums or hyacinth in your yard. These flowers are brightly coloured and produce a strong smell that is unpleasant to squirrels. Smells such as white pepper, black pepper and garlic are also natural squirrel deterrents.
Removing unnecessary food sources can help prevent rodents from entering your yard. While you probably do not want to cut down food sources such as berry or nut trees, keep your yard tidy at all times. Clean up any fruit that has fallen on the ground and keep all bird feeders covered at night, as they are a major attractant. Remove your feeders if you suspect you have a major squirrel problem.
Contact the Skedaddle Milwaukee Wildlife Team for Assistance
Preventing squirrels from entering your yard not only protects your plants and trees from damage, but it also stops these creatures from seeking shelter in your basement or attic. Never attempt to touch wild animals or remove them from your yard. Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today for assistance if you suspect you have a squirrel infestation.