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Squirrels

Urban Wildlife - SquirrelIn the City of Thunder Bay City, there are many places that are filled with trees, parks and gardens.

It is an ideal habitat for squirrels, as food and shelter are plentiful and natural predators do not exist.

 

 Damage squirrels can cause:

  • Chew electrical wires and cause shorts or fires
  • Chew and remove insulation
  • Play noisy tag games and leave droppings in attics
  • Track soot and dust from furnaces and fireplaces into homes
  • Chew window sills or shred drapes and furniture when trying to escape from houses
  • Eat food from bird feeders and damage or destroy them.

Solutions to some common squirrel problems:

  • Keep them out of bird feeders by placing them in hard-to-reach places
  • Eating outdoor plants: Try repellents such as diluted tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, bone meal sprinkled on soil and over bulbs or plants, garlic planted near bulbs, moth balls, or ammonia-soaked rags around the perimeter of the garden.
  • Chimneys and Fireplaces: When squirrels are trapped in a fireplace or below the flue, insert a rope in the chimney and tap the fireplace to scare the animal up to the rope. If this does not work, a humane squirrel trap, baited with peanut butter and placed slowly and quietly inside the fireplace, should be used to capture the animal.
  • Inside a house: Confine the animal to one room and open a window or outside door. If left alone it will leave on its own. If it is in an area that is not accessible to the outside, a humane squirrel trap should be used.

Trapping is legal if done humanely. Use a trap that lets you capture the animal alive and unharmed and is the right size for squirrels. Remember, that a "humane trap" is only as humane as the person using it.

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