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ASK THE DNR: Dealing with problem squirrels

Q. With spring here, wildlife is beginning to become more active, and in some cases, perhaps too active. There have been reports of nuisance squirrels finding their way into homes. How can homeowners deal with these critters?...

Q. With spring here, wildlife is beginning to become more active, and in some cases, perhaps too active. There have been reports of nuisance squirrels finding their way into homes. How can homeowners deal with these critters?

A. The best method for dealing with squirrels is prevention. Remove trees or overhanging branches and close off any external openings that might allow access to a home or other structures. Repellents such as mothballs or ammonia-soaked rags are an option to help convince a squirrel to leave, but care should be taken to ensure that human occupants are not affected.

Once the squirrel is out, one-way openings, such as an 18-inch section of 4-inch diameter PVC pipe placed at a 45-degree angle pointing toward the ground, can help keep squirrels from returning until the opening can be sealed permanently. State statute does permit the use of lethal removal methods -- traps or shooting -- but before pursuing this option, homeowners should check local ordinances. Trapping squirrels and relocating them to other areas is not recommended because they typically do not survive.

-- Bryan Lueth, DNR area wildlife supervisor

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