Squirrels and You - Tips for Unwanted Balcony Guests

posted Mar 27, 2016, 7:51 PM by Daryl Angier
Early spring (now!) and late summer are the two periods during the year when squirrels have babies and are looking for places to build nests. Due to our proximity to a large urban park and the mature trees in our neighbourhood, we will never be able to keep our building and our balconies completely squirrel free. But there are a number of things you should be aware of if you see squirrel activity on your balcony.


DO check your balcony regularly for signs of squirrel activity. DO IT NOW. Your vigilance is the first and most important line of defense in preventing property damage and injury from squirrels taking up residence. Look for things like sticks or torn paper and fabric as indicators that squirrels might be building a nest somewhere.

DON'T leave household furniture or other items stored on your balcony that can make an attractive place for squirrels to nest.

DON'T try to confront squirrels or attempt to relocate them yourself. Squirrels may look cute but they can be aggressive if cornered or if they think their babies are threatened. If you have squirrels nesting on your balcony, contact the the superintendents or the property manager. A pest control company will be called to relocate the squirrels humanely. 

DO let the superintendents or property manager know if you see squirrels in or on other areas of the building if you think they may be nesting.

DON'T leave your screen door open.

Thank you for your cooperation.