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Does predator urine keep squirrels away?

Sprinkle urine here. Sprinkle urine there. Okay. My garden is covered in the coyote urine I got from the garden centre. Hopefully it’ll keep squirrels off my property. They’ve been getting in the attic. This smell of a large predator will keep them away.

A squirrel has many natural predators

There are many different species who consider squirrels a delicious meal. Coyotes, hawks, falcons, owls, raccoons, skunks, snakes and humans among them. Maybe not all of us eat squirrels, but we spend a lot of time keeping them far away. Squirrels are aware of these natural dangers. Many times they’re so good at avoiding predators they never really see them. At least until they’re someone’s lunch.


Red squirrel clinging to exterior brick wall.

Predator urine does not affect the activities of squirrels

Although it seems to make sense that a squirrel might be aware of the scent of predators, it rarely works as an option to repel infestation. Sure squirrels might be scared at first, but eventually scents and sounds need repercussions. Wild animals are smart. When they realize the scent isn’t attached to any danger then they will likely find other ways into the area. In urban settings squirrels might never come into contact with a coyote, bobcat or snake. So, how would they know it’s a threat? Most squirrels have never seen life outside the small territory they occupy in a neighbourhood.

Urine is only a temporary solution

Let’s say, best case scenario, dousing coyote urine is keeping rodents away. That’s great. But, if there’s a food source they’ll just find a way around it. Squirrels will even get used to the smell never attaching it to predators.

They’re adaptable creatures. They’ve changed their lifestyle to reflect the challenges of urbanization and human population. It’s only a matter of time before they adapt to the smell of predators.

Predator urine must also be reapplied frequently as it will break down in the rain and UV. So it ends up being a never ending challenge instead of a set it and forget it fix.

Squirrel prevention tips.

  • Seal holes and cracks in outer walls and roof.
  • Remove food sources.
  • Maintain garden from overhanging branches and bird feeders.
  • Call a professional.

Plastic roof vents chewed by squirrels provide access to the attic.

Hamilton squirrel removal.

We all know that dousing animal urine over our yards is merely a dream. But, there’s no evidence it actually works to help control squirrel infestation. If it did, professional squirrel removal services would be running around with trucks full of it.

At the first sign of squirrels in your attic or home make sure to contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. We’ve been providing humane and long-lasting squirrel removal services to Hamilton homeowners since 1989.

Call us today to learn more about how we can protect your house from destructive squirrels! 1-888-592-0387

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