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The squirrels around my house keep getting in stuff, chewing stuff up, and in general are just causing a mess.

What's the best way to get rid of them? Looking for solutions online it seems I can get either poison or some automated sprinklers. There has to be more options out there. Any suggestions?

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More options:

  • dog
  • multiple dogs
  • traps (live or otherwise)
  • cayenne pepper
  • squirrel repellant (usually a mix of blood and garlic...your yard will stink)
  • squirrel killing robots with laser eyes (not sure those exist, but wish they did)

The only thing that's worked well for me from the above list is the dog, but even that isn't fail-proof. The Cayenne and Repellant seem to work OK, but a) it stinks up the place and b) is only temporary as the squirrels get used to it sooner or later.

Live traps might require some research on local regulations. Many places won't allow you to release the squirrels elsewhere. If they do, then be sure to go FAR away, and, ideally, not in someone else's back yard.

If the issue is them digging up new grass, one thing that can work is chicken wire. Cover the new grass with the chicken wire (stake it down). The squirrels can't dig with the wire there. Granted, this is only a temporary solution for a very specific issue, but might be of some use.

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We did have an old dog about a year ago... I guess she did fairly well keeping the place guarded. I didn't really think about that until you mentioned it. I guess cats don't really do anything? most of my neighbors have outdoor cats. –  andy mcevoy Oct 14 '13 at 14:14
Needs pictures (especially the squirrel killing robot). –  Tester101 Oct 14 '13 at 14:29
@Tester101 - xkcd.com/382 –  Compro01 Oct 15 '13 at 14:24

Just read this and my first thought was the trap I bought at Lowes a year or so ago. But, since I've never used it to trap a squirrel, that's just my opinion. So, I did a quick search on "squirrel traps" and found this: http://www.wikihow.com/Trap-a-Squirrel-With-Everyday-Materials. Sounds like fun to me. I'd give it a try.

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About 4-5 years ago I had about 40-50 squirrels in my yard (1 acre in the middle of a big subarb). I also had mice and chipmunks outside and when one mouse found its way inside, said wife said to me to get rid of them.

Poison pellets in anything resembling a hole near my house. Couple months later... didn't no holes near my house, lucky to see a squirrel in my yard. We hit the outside with pellets about once a year. They just get to destructive to let them go. Although I rather not hit them with the poison pellets there really isn't much we can do.

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My wife hates the squirrels, but is against the use of poison so this will probably be my last resort. –  andy mcevoy Oct 14 '13 at 14:21
@andymcevoy - Here is the deal. Either you kill them or transport them far far away or they come right back. With the pellets they go back to their "home" when they are feeling bad and you generally don't see them. I tried the trap and drown method and it is a mess. Also with pellets... no one has to know you laid them out. –  DMoore Oct 14 '13 at 14:24
My wife is scared of our small kids getting some of the pellets. Do they typically move the stuff around from where you've placed it? –  andy mcevoy Oct 14 '13 at 14:28
OP specifically asked for solutions that don't involve poison. –  Tester101 Oct 14 '13 at 14:32

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