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Effective Backyard Squirrel Removal Tips

In addition to entertaining antics, the cuteness of squirrels is often the only positive feature of these critters. Squirrels will often make a mess of potted plants and garden décor, causing tons of stress for homeowners. It is important to understand that you are not being targeted intentionally; squirrels just do what they do and you get caught up in it. As they can become problematic due to causing repetitive damage, a professional squirrel removal for your Milwaukee home might be your best option.

How To Deal With The Bushy-Tailed Rodents The DIY Way

DIY squirrel removal can be done around your home in several different ways. These include:

  • Taste repellents
  • Fencing
  • Trimming back tree branches
  • Placing wire mesh across pot soil

Squirrels have oily fur that leaves brown staining behind on their entry points as they come and go

Taste Repellents


Taste repellents are a good DIY solution as squirrels will avoid chewing on something that tastes bad to them. One way of avoiding squirrel damage in your yard is to spray hot pepper sauce on bird feeders and plants. Similarly, smearing a mixture of petroleum jelly and cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce on electrical wires can prevent the critters from gnawing on them.



Removing squirrels from your Milwaukee home can also be done by installing a tall fence around your garden. If your garden is home to ripening strawberries or freshly-planted seeds, they will act as magnets for squirrels. The critters will not mind hopping the fence to reach the delicious food, having your garden enclosed with wire mesh will keep the squirrels from eating your hard work.

Trimming Back Tree Branches 


Squirrels are pretty clever and they will easily remember any overhanging tree branches that provide them access to your crops. This is why you need to perform a thorough inspection and trim back any branches the critters can use to get into your garden. If they are using a nearby tree as a launching pad into the area, then you need to prevent them from doing so.

Placing Wire Mesh Across Pot Soil 


Because squirrels like to dig in the potting soil, potted plants also fall victim to the furry acrobats quite often. When doing so, squirrels can tear apart or uproot the plants entirely. There are a number of reasons why they could be doing this, which include hoping to find buried treasure or looking for a place to store food for the winter. In order to stop this from happening, simply apply sections of wire mesh over the top of the pot and around the plant. This way the squirrels won’t be able to access the soil.

Squirrels are rodents with strong teeth that allow them to chew their way into homes

Need Professional Squirrel Removal In Milwaukee? Call Skedaddle 


Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is a company with more than two decades of experience in various wildlife control services. If all of your DIY efforts to stop squirrels from wreaking havoc in your garden have been unsuccessful, you can always bring in professional help. Skedaddle has successfully helped more than 200,000 homeowners be free of wildlife pests, thanks to its A+ team of trained professionals. Call Skedaddle today and ensure your garden is plagued by pesky squirrels no more.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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