Squirrels are cute animals and have always been depicted as friendly in classic media. What they fail to show you in these cuddly images, though, is the darker side of squirrels. The day that you discover one of these furry woodland creatures has eaten a hole into the side of your house and set up camp in your newly-bolstered attic insulation, you begin looking at squirrels in a completely different way.
So how do you humanely get rid of such a “cute” pest?
The easiest and probably most expensive way would be to call a pest control company to come out and do the dirty work for you. However, it is likely more cost-effective (not to mention educational) to try to deal with your unwelcome houseguest on your own.
There are numerous do-it-yourself pest control websites and even local stores to check out that offer fantastic suggestions. You can purchase affordable products like cages and traps to catch the squirrel and pick up valuable tips in the process.
For example, check out the following tips from Do-It Yourself Pest Control:
- Peanut butter is an easy and effective bait for a squirrel.
- Once captured, be sure to wear heavy gloves to prevent potential bites or transference of diseases.
- When removing the squirrel, go at least 4-5 miles away from your home before releasing it into the wild. (You’d be surprised at how easily they can find their way back to the comfort of your home.)
- Lastly, it is important to take preventative measures like removing birdseed or other snacks from your yard, trimming overhanging tree branches, and sealing up any holes once you are certain all intruders have vacated the premises.