Several types of ground squirrels are found throughout the United States, but these animals are mainly a problem west of the Rocky Mountains. Ground squirrels live in underground burrows located in open, sunny areas. Many species are social, forming large underground colonies that may extend over an acre. Sometimes ground squirrels excavate burrows under buildings, causing stress cracking of the foundation. In certain areas, ground squirrels and some of their parasites may transmit serious diseases to humans. These animals can cause severe damage to gardens. In the late winter and spring, they emerge from hibernation to invade gardens, feeding on tender green growth. Later in the season they feed on seeds, grains, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
To prevent squirrel from damaging your lawn or garden use Ortho® Animal B Gon® All Purpose Animal Repellent according to label instructions. Additional options include: Ground squirrels are agile climbers and can scale most fences. If only a few ground squirrels are causing damage, try to trap them. Use baits such as peanut butter, nuts, raisins, or cereals, and set the traps near burrow entrances or along pathways used by the animals. Because ground squirrels may carry diseases, always wear gloves and protective clothing when handling them. Contact the Humane Society for information on how to get rid of the trapped animals.