Squirrel Situations & Solutions

Squirrel © Tina Adams
© Tina Adams

Although people often delight in the playful antics of these creatures, squirrels can become destructive when they enter houses. For people who like to feed birds, squirrels are Public Enemy Number One. While annoying, they pose no public health risk.

Squirrels & Bird Feeders

Much like the birds we try to attract, squirrels love to eat seeds and can only assume the food you’ve put out is for their benefit. That being said, there are some options to help dissuade a squirrel from feasting on feeders. Learn More

Squirrels in Homes

Squirrels can sometimes turn up in attics, eaves, and walls; occasionally in chimneys; and maybe even your living areas. (To determine if it is a squirrel or a mouse, listen closely–mice make noise at night, while squirrels are heard coming and going in the morning and mid-afternoon). If the squirrel is visible, try to confine it to one area, open windows or doors and leave the animal alone. Usually the squirrel will discover the exits and happily leave on its own.

A squirrel that accidentally appears in a chimney or fireplace is incapable of climbing out. To help it escape, tie a rope (1/2-inch thick) around the top of the chimney and lower the other end all the way down to the damper. During the daytime, the squirrel will climb up the rope and out of the chimney.

If the squirrel is in the fireplace itself, bait a Hav-a-hart trap with peanut butter on bread, make noise to drive the squirrel away from the screen, slide the trap into the fireplace and close the screen. Leave the room so the squirrel does not feel threatened by your presence, and eventually it should enter the trap.

If a squirrel has taken up residence, exclusion provides the only long-term solution for deterring squirrels away from areas where they are not wanted. Find out how