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I did shock a lady I knew by informing her of the dire consequences of catching them as she went to buy a trap in our local agricultural shop. It is illegal to release non native species into the wild under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the alternative is you have to kill them. Even the RSPCA cannot release them.
My defence at the moment is my little Jack Russell who chases them when she sees them on walks so they wouldn't stand a chance in the garden!!
We also have a visiting rat this winter, quite fat and fluffy with a short tail. Oddly, he would only take pieces of bark from the play area and sneak them back to his hiding place! Totally ignored the peanuts in the tray!
When we had a dog in the past, we never saw rats or squirrels, as they could smell him I suppose. Perhaps if you own a dog, you could let him out every time he sees a squirrel so that they are chased away. They'll soon get the message.
Also, I wonder if that cat-scat remedy of "lions droppings" would work for squirrels. I've no idea, but worth a try for fun!