Homeowners love walnut trees because they provide shade, shelter, and a tasty crop of nuts. Squirrels love walnut trees for the same reasons. The husks and shells they discard can stain patios and decks, and the nuts they bury and don't dig up sprout into new trees that can be difficult to pull up. Squirrels are resourceful and determined rodents, so it may not be possible to keep them out entirely.
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Things you need
- Tree ring
- Humane trap
- Pellet gun
Cut back the branches and isolate the tree from other trees or garden features and buildings. Squirrels are agile and can jump into the tree from the roofs of buildings, or even power lines.
Wrap the trunk of the tree with a cone designed to prevent squirrels from climbing the trunk. You can buy them at lawn and garden stores.
Trap the squirrels using a humane live trap and release them away from your area. You can rent them from local pest control companies, or from your humane society.
Shoot the squirrels with a pellet gun. Check the firearms regulations in your area before you try this step, since there may be restrictions on what type of gun you can use.
Tips and warnings
- Pet dogs will discourage squirrels from coming into your yard, as long as the squirrels don't have a safe access point from a nearby roof or tree.
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