In Southeast Nebraska the most common squirrels would be the Fox and Gray squirrel. Gray squirrels and fox squirrels are the most frustrating to deal with when they decide to gnaw on your home, fence, trees or take over your bird feeders. They can damage vehicle wiring, and even chew entrance holes into attics. Unfortunately, our homes offer squirrel families a warm, safe dwelling in which to live and raise their young. They will often nibble their way through any material you put in front of them in order to gain access to your home, and this is what makes squirrel prevention difficult. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that you can prevent squirrels from making a home in your house, and all it takes, for the most part, is a little common sense. Here are some quick tips to reduce the appeal of your home:
- Screening wood attic vents or replacing them with metal, screen chimneys.
- Move bird feeders to the far corners of your yard
- Cut tree branches at least ten feet back from the roofline
- Place squirrel guards on feeders, and utility poles.
- Speak to a professional. A professional will be able to tell you what is most effective and in the long run, will save you time and money.