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If you want to solve a squirrel problem, your first instinct may be to seek a squirrel repellent. After all, they are sold at Home Depot and Lowe's and all over the internet, so they must work, right? Here are some examples of the most popular squirrel repellents currently marketed and sold:
There is no such thing as an effective squirrel repellent. Period. Companies will always try to sell you products, and magic cure-alls. In the field of wildlife control, you'll often find many bogus products for sale. Squirrels are mammals. They are similar to you and I, and there is no particular scent that magically works to make them leave an area, such as an attic. The internet is full of squirrel deterrent products, but none of them work. Some of these products include fox or coyote urine, which is a nice idea in theory, but it isn't effective on squirrels. Other products are simply made of napthalene - moth balls - which some companies sell as an end-all be-all in wildlife repellant. Sorry, it simply doesn't work. I've seen people dump up to 50 lb. of mothballs in an attic squirrels are living, and they don't care in the slightest. They keep using the area. Devices such as ultrasonic sound emitters that make a high-pitched noise are completely useless. I've been to so many properties over the years in which people have spent time and money on silly gimmicks like these, and then they hire a real wildlife control operator, and then problem is correctly taken care of.
Above we see a photo of a squirrel caught properly in a trap, as it exits out of a large round gable vent of an apartment attic. The best way to get rid of squirrels is to find out how they are getting into a building (if that's the problem) and trapping the squirrels at the source. If you have a squirrel problem and you wish to get rid of them, they should be physically trapped and removed from the habitat. After all the squirrels are removed, the entry points that they chewed open should be completely and permanently sealed.
What about a squirrel repellent for cars? If you have squirrels in your car, keep the automobile in the garage! I know that's probably not an option for you, or you would
have done it by now. If your problem is squirrels chewing on the wires of the car, your most effective option, outside of squirrel trapping and removal, is to spray or baste
super hot sauce on the wires with a paintbrush or toothbrush. That should slow or stop the chewing. But there is no squirrel repellent for cars that will simply prevent
them from entering.
Example squirrel problem email:
David, I've been hearing some noises in my attic, and I'm concerned that I may have squirrels or some other rodent up there. The reason I think it may be squirrels is that I have a few very large trees in my yard that
I see squirrels in. The noise I hear in my attic is sporadic. I seemed to notice it the most around dawn yesterday. I heard something around 11pm last night as well. I also hear an occasional knocking type noise during the day.
My house is brand new. I've only lived here for 6 months. Today I looked up in the attic from both entry points, and I don't see any visible disturbances in the blown in insulation up there. Would the untrained eye even
notice anything out of the ordinary? I'd appreciate a bit of advice on this. I cannot find any way a squirrel could be getting in my attic except to climb from under the house up the iron vent vipe for my plumbing which exits
out through the attic. I've only found a few droppings but they are right there @ that pipe. Also is it possible the squirrel would be coming in to steal insulation for a tree nest site and not actually nesting in the attic?
There's no sign of a nest ( I have a very small attic and can all of it) but there is insulation being drug around near the pipe. Is there some kind of squirrel powder or squirrel spray that I can use in my attic to make
them go away? Thanks. Julie