How Get Rid of Squirrels

Updated November 21, 2016

Squirrels can pose a significant problem for some homeowners and gardeners. The grey squirrel is one of the more common varieties of squirrel with which people contend. From chewing holes in siding and nesting in attics to stealing food from bird feeders, squirrels have the potential to cause an enormous amount of damage in a relatively short amount of time. Several approaches are available to get rid of pesky squirrels.

Cut a 2-foot-wide strip of mesh fence with wire cutters. Wrap the mesh fence around the base of trees that squirrels frequent to deter them from the area. Secure the ends of the mesh with plastic zip ties. Connect the ends of the wire with springs if the wire is to be left in place for an extended period of time to allow the tree to grow.

Cover potential entry points into homes and other buildings with screen wire. Cut the wire to fit the opening with wire cutters. Tack the wire in place over the opening to deter squirrels.

Cut limbs back at least 8 feet from a house or structure to prevent squirrels from jumping from trees onto structures. Limit the accessibility of squirrels to food sources around a home, utility building or barn.

Replace a current bird feeder with a squirrel-proof feeder that is designed to prevent or deter squirrels from accessing an easy food source.

Consider shooting squirrels with a pellet rifle. Determine if local laws and regulations will allow for killing squirrels. Make sure that if squirrels are shot it is done in accordance with hunting regulations and any necessary permits are acquired.

Things You'll Need

  • Mesh wire
  • Screen wire
  • Zip ties
  • Springs
  • Tacks
  • Wire cutters
  • Limb pruners
  • Squirrel-proof bird feeder
  • Pellet rifle
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About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.