I couldn't believe it tonight when I looked out our dining room window to the porch. Its a long cement slab, with wooden posts to support the roof of it. And there was a squirrel, gnawing on the posts! We scared it away, and it kept coming back for more. What's that about??
|Hi Catherinet, |
Found this on the HSUS web site Not sure if it will help but perhaps it may give you other ideas (like chili powder):
Squirrels generally rank as the top problem-makers among all species of urban wildlife. Paradoxically, these charming, bushy-tailed creatures are also consistently judged "Most Popular" among our wild neighbors. It seems we want them and we don't want them—depending on what they're up to at any given moment. Either way, squirrels are undisputedly one of the most successful mammals in human-altered environments.
The first approach to dealing with squirrels is to establish limits of tolerance. If they need to be excluded from an attic or prevented from stealing bird food, make sure it is done in a manner that does them and their young no harm.
Before excluding squirrels from a space, first inspect the area thoroughly to find the opening(s) where the nest is and determine whether there are any young present. If the nest can be seen and there are no immature squirrels, attempt to frighten the squirrel outside by making noise or just wait for the animal to leave, as squirrels usually do during the day.
If you can't determine whether the squirrels are outside, do not seal the entrance. Instead, install a one-way door over the opening and leave it in place until no more sounds are heard inside the building for several days. If it's likely that young are present (the squirrel has been in the house for more than a few days and it's the birthing season), wait until the immature squirrels are grown enough to come out on their own before installing the one-way door. Then seal up the opening, and any other weak spots, with mesh hardware cloth or sheet metal flashing, securely fastened.
The agility of squirrels makes it difficult to prevent them from reaching bird feeders. Various types of specially designed "squirrel-proof" feeders are commercially available, and these feeders are usually humane and effective. But they cost more than traditional feeders.
The trick is to keep squirrels away from feeders right from the start. Once a squirrel becomes accustomed to finding food at a particular source, he will persistently attempt to overcome any obstacles that stand in his way. Feeders on a pole may be rigged with a baffle—a slick tube that prevents squirrels from gaining access. As long as squirrels can't leap from a nearby tree onto the feeder, they must content themselves with whatever the birds spill. The feeder should be positioned as least eight feet away from any limbs or structures. Working on the same principle as the pole baffles, plastic or metal umbrella-shaped dome baffles can also be mounted above feeders to keep squirrels at bay.
Some "solutions" to keeping pesky squirrels out of bird food, such as trapping and killing, are simply unacceptable at any cost. There are some other strategies that we question and do not recommend, but which cause squirrels no apparent lasting harm:
Sticky Stuff: These products cause the most concern. They consist of a thick, sticky, gel-like material that can be used to cover surfaces on which squirrels might walk or poles that hold feeders. The material is certainly likely to repel squirrels, and they definitely don't like to get it on their paws or fur. However, the substance can also get on birds—sometimes with fatal consequences.
Here is a link that might be useful: Problems with squirrels
|Thanks Elly! |
I do know that the red squirrels used to chew our cedar deck, and of course, the paper wasps. Oh.....I just remembered that I've seen squirrels chewing limbs on trees too. We have so many trees, I wonder why they're preferring our paint-covered porch posts??
|Many paints are sweet. Which is why you are warned about children eating lead paint. I know your paint is not that old but it may be part of the cause. A second part and I may be really wrong is that squirrels like rabbits and some other animals have front teeth that continue to grow. |
If the damage continues try calling a paint company to see what they suggest. Not knowing what type of paint you have the suggestions that pop into my mind, like strong herbs seeped with water, with the water spread on the posts, might cause more damage than the squirrels
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