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How to Get Rid of Squirrels from Your Home and Garden

So how to get rid of squirrels? Here I will give you seven homemade ideas to repel them from your attic and garden in a few days.

But you should not kill them, just remove or throw them away.

But first, you need to know what these squirrels are looking for. They are searching for food and shelter.

If you have those, they will come and destroy your garden or make that loud disturbing sound in your attic. But not anymore!

How to Get Rid of Squirrels Faster

Every day, when I come close to the attic, I see a few squirrels roaming around.

They make a huge noise that seems like a bird making those noises, but it is far louder than them and also disturbing.

So first, I sealed their entry points, used some traps, cut some tree branches, and forced them to leave using some plants. Here are those squirrel-repellent ideas in detail.

Also, read – How to get rid of the mouse.

1. Seal their Entry Points

Close their Entry Points of those squirrels

Find their entry points and seal them off. I saw those squirrels coming to my house through the electrical line. They are jumping over the roof and then slowly moving to the attic.

I searched for any holes in the attic and sealed them all. Now those squirrels are coming but can not settle there as there is no hole for them. Find the entire point first and block it.

2. Cut a Few Tree Branches 

Cut a Few Tree Branches

Not only the electrical wire, but they also are coming to my house through a big three that is close to my balcony. First, I did not know that. But one day, I heard a loud sound.

First, I did not notice that birds were making those noises. But after a few minutes, when the noise seemed disturbing, I saw a squirrel sitting on the tree branch and shouting loudly.

The next day, I cut a few of the branches of that tree, and those squirrels were gone from my tree and house. Sometimes they come back, but not like before.

3. Remove Their Food Sources

Remove The Food Sources of squirrels

I also made sure that they did not get any food in the house, garden, or on the roof.

I removed all the insects, took care of excessive seeds in the storage room, and managed my garbage well.

After a few days, when they did not find food, they did not disturb me. Although, I saw a few squirrels in the evening. But that may be because they are searching again.

Yes, all these ideas repelled them but form too far from my house. If they find food again, they will come back. But I am happy that those squirrels do not disturb me as before.

4. Get a Squirrel Trap

Get a Squirrel Trap

Have you ever trapped a mouse?

If yes, then the squirrel trap is not too different than that. Take out your mouse trap, put some seeds in there that those squirrels love, and set it up near they roam around.

You will see that they are getting trapped there day after day. Then throw them away from your yard. So that they do not come back to your house.

5. Use a Squirrel Repellent

Use a Squirrel Repellent

Use vinegar as a squirrel repellent. Just spray vinegar all over the garden protecting the plants. So that the vinegar does not harm the plant but repel the squirrels who are looking to eat them.

You can also use mulch in your garden and repel them. Use red or black mulch as you like. It will stop them to dig deeper.

6. Use a Sprinkler System in the Yard

Use a Sprinkler System in the Yard to repel squirrels

You can also use a sprinkler system to repel them without applying any chemicals at all. 

Add a motion sensor to the system, and when the squirrels come to the field the sprinkler will open and scare them away.

7. Use Pest Control Plants

Use Pest Control Plants

My last idea on how to get rid of squirrels is to use pest control plants. Plant a few plants in your garden, like marigolds, catnip, lavender, and peppermint.

And they will leave your garden and attic.

8. Trap them With a Glue Trap

1024px Glue trap with hair
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Yes, a simple glue trap can also trap them if you place it in the right place like in the attic or over the roof.

Use some nuts that those squirrels love and they will get trapped.

9. Remove the Internet Cables

squirell on a power line

If you have a lot of cables connect to your roof they do something about it.

Either remove them or use spikes so those squares can not go through. Just stop them from making your cable a walkway.

10. Buy a Squirrel-Repellent Sevice

How to Repel Squirrels for Life

Motion sensor devices are best for repelling squirrels. When the squirrels land over the area the machine will release a sound and Squirrel will get scared and leave.

Last Words

So this is how to get rid of squirrels in the attic and garden in a few days using a few simple homemade and professional ideas.

Do not kill them nor poison them. Just repel them away. Okay!

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Nazim Ali is an engineer who loves fixing things at home. He loves to try new things and share the knowledge with the world.