How to Prevent a Squirrel Infestation in Your Garden

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You may be a gardener and own a fair space of healthy vegetation. Owning your own garden can be very rewarding but there are some forces that you need to reckon with such as the weather and yes, those little wildlife creatures that see your garden as a buffet.

Whether it be flowering plants, fruit-bearing trees or vines, your neighborhood squirrel can be a very destructive force to deal with. Squirrels have been known for invading gardens as they forage for food. They also have the habit of burying their finds. A squirrel in your garden can destroy your flowerbeds, steal your garden’s harvest and leave you with nothing.

Squirrels do not only steal your harvest and dig up your flowerbeds; they can also leave damaged plants due to their overactive chewing activities. They can chew on tree bark or plants, which could leave you dead plants after their visit. Once your garden has been discovered and has received a visit from these little critters, they will come back. Your garden has become a good source of food and they may already have buried some nuts on the ground. They will certainly dig them up in the future and all the damage that has been done will be repeated every time they come.

As a gardener, this can get very frustrating. You may think of pesticides and other squirrel repellents to prevent these critters from coming back. However, always remember that some of these products can give unwanted side effects to your plants, too. There are a few ways you can employ squirrel deterrents in your garden without resorting to these harsh chemical substances.

  1. Protect your garden with a wire mesh. Make sure the mesh goes down in the ground about a foot so they can’t dig through. Make sure it forms a mesh cage, and not just some perimeter fencing, since squirrels can climb them easily.
  2. Squirrels can leap a far distance, so make sure to clear the surroundings of tree limbs at least 10 feet.
  3. If you have bird feeders in your garden, make sure they are squirrel deterrent by coating the stand with oil or any slippery substance everyday. There are also bird feeders specially designed to prevent squirrels from climbing up to them.

These methods can only go so far. If you want to properly get rid of these nuisance wildlife, it is best to call for professional animal control services from Skedaddle Oakville.

Skedaddle Oakville has been collaborating with Oakville’s Town Council in helping implement humane methods in handling wildlife for the whole town. At the same time, they also support Oakville and Milton Humane Society to ensure protection of wildlife in the neighborhood. Skedaddle Wildlife Technicians will know exactly what to do and will give you tips on how to keep the squirrels away after the service. They promote humane animal control, so you don’t have to worry about useless exterminations.
Protect your garden while protecting the legal status of these wildlife creatures in your area. Call the animal control experts of Skedaddle Oakville today!

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