Squirrels can also be a problem for those with highly maintained lawns, gardens, or decks. As mentioned above, they tend to gnaw on wood. This can cause unsightly damage to structures or decorative furniture. Similarly, they will nibble on plants and flowers occasionally and are well known for digging small holes all over their territory. These holes serve as hiding places where they store their food for safekeeping during the colder months of the year, in order to dig it up later which can attract other pests demanding the attention of raccoon removal Houston companies.
These holes are about the size of a quarter and, before you get too upset, you should know that the grass quickly re grows in the damaged area over the course of just a few weeks. If you think you can live with the damage, simply wait until the damaged patch regrows and then mow your lawn to even out the disparity. If the damage it too much to bare, however, there are a number of humane preventive measures designed to make your lawn and deck squirrel proof.
For those with flower gardens, consider planting daffodils. These flowers squirrels ignore while they love the taste of flowers such as tulips and crocus. Squirrels have an excellent sense of smell and will seek out young flowers of this variety, dig them up, and eat the bulbs. If you love your tulips and simply must have them in your garden, consider using a wire cage or chicken wire base to protect the plant bulbs as they develop. There are also a variety of repellents that can be used. These will be detailed later on.
To protect your wooden decks and lawn furniture, try rubbing them down with soap. The taste will discourage inquisitive squirrels from chewing away at them.
If you have more valuable trees on your property, squirrels could present a bit of a problem. Obviously, if you are looking to collect to bounty from your carefully planted nut and fruit trees then you’re going to want to make sure the squirrels can’t get to them before you do. Consider planting your trees in a clear space, away from other trees. Most effective preventive measures focus on the trunks and lower branches of trees, however they will be useless if squirrels can simply leap onto your tree from the branches of another, something they are quite practiced at. Try wrapping a band of sheet metal, about two feet tall, around the base of the tree. It should be positioned 6 feet off the ground. This is the maximum height which a squirrel can jump and the sheet metal will provide a barrier that cannot be climbed, preventing the animals from scrabbling up to get at your delicious nuts and fruits.
As a precaution, you should also keep the lower branches trimmed and pruned to prevent squirrels and other small animals from using them as a foothold to bypass your barrier.