Wild Animal Control
Everyone enjoys watching the squirrels frolicking in the wild but if you have a bird feeder in your yard then you know just how tenacious a squirrel can be. Squirrels attacking the bird food is an annoyance the real problem lies with them finding access in the soffits and attics in our homes. Gnawing, scratching, and the sounds of something running above our heads at night is usually he signal of their presence. Balls of torn insulation, cardboard, dried leaves and twigs may pinpoint to nests, but nests and young may be totally concealed within eaves or wall spaces.
Squirrels in the attic can very quickly cause a lot of unexpected damage. Those sharp little teeth at great tools used for cracking acorns as well as gnawing a way into your home. Soffit and facia boards that are loose or water damaged make ideal entry points. A squirrel only needs an opening of 2 ½ inches or larger to be able to squeeze their body into your home. If there is a small hole, they will gnaw at it until it becomes big enough to gain access. Never under estimate a squirrel, they are masters at their own craft, they are scoot across a telephone wire with ease and they have the ability to jump 10-12 feet through the air.
It's important that when attempting to exclude squirrels and other animals from gaining access into your home that you be sure that none of the animals are trapped inside. Adults will cause severe damage by chewing to regain access to reach their young. Trimming shrubs and vines and pruning overhanging tree limbs may discourage squirrels from causing problems. Bright lights or noise from radios may also help. Squirrels are highly excitable and can cause severe damage if trapped inside a building. If startled, as part of their fight or flight instincts, they tend to run around a room with reckless abandon, knocking over anything in their way. By quickly and quietly opening a door or window to the outside and leaving the room, you will give the squirrel its best chance to get out.
If squirrels are disturbing your bird feeders, then placed the bird feeder in an area where squirrels cannot gain access to them, far away from shrubs and overhanging tree branches. Mounting the feeder on a metal pole at least six feet high and attaching a metal, cone-shaped baffle to the pole will help prevent squirrels from reaching it. Hanging feeders are not recommended because squirrels will climb down the hanger wire or will shake the wire until the food falls to the ground. Several squirrel-proof bird feeders are available at hardware and bird specialty stores.