What Kind of Wood Window Trim Will Keep Squirrels Away?
There are many different materials available for wood window trim. These include aluminum, PVC, and stainless steel. However, the question that remains is: what kind of wood window trim will keep squirrels away? There are several options, including different types of sticky repellents. If you don’t want to spend much time researching the best options, you can use a taste deterrent spray. This repellent makes the wood taste unappetizing to the squirrel, which won’t chew it.
Stainless steel window trim can keep rodents and other pests out of your home. It can be attached with heavy-duty staples or screws, depending on your home’s materials. Stainless steel mesh can be positioned eight to 12 inches deep, and its deepest tip should be pointed out at a 90-degree angle so that the rodents will have a hard time digging it out.
Alternatively, you can use chicken wire. This is made of 1/2-inch squares that are 19 gauge, galvanized wire. It’s easy to install and can be used to cover openings for underpinnings and crawl spaces. You can even use it to cover chimneys to deter squirrels because of its stiffness and inability to chew it. If the problem persists, you can always contact a pest control service to have the problem resolved.
You might not think that aluminum window trim can deter squirrels, but it can help. Squirrels can gnaw through lightweight materials like wood or plastic. You should consider using a squirrel repellent to keep the pests out. Using a repellent on the window trim will also deter these wood eaters. But you have to be careful not to leave food unattended while spraying the repellent.
First, spray the area that has been infested with squirrel feces. Make sure to remove any loose feces using a shop vac or paper towels. Remember to use protective gloves and masks. Spraying insulation bats can be equally effective. When spraying, make sure to cover the area in which the squirrels can hide before they come inside. This way, they won’t be able to find the bait.
The most effective way to keep squirrels out of your home is to place wire mesh over the entrances to your attic, particularly the soffit under the eaves. The wire mesh prevents squirrels from running around freely in the attic, which is their preferred place to live. Wire mesh can also be nailed over gable end vents from the inside of your attic. Installing wire mesh over these vents will prevent the squirrels from entering your home without detracting from the appearance of your attic.
Another effective method is to use humane traps, which can be obtained at sporting goods stores, animal shelters, or veterinarians. If you are using humane traps, however, be aware that you cannot use them during the early spring and fall, as they can cause a slow starvation of the young. Be sure to place the traps outside, covered in leaves, and unbaited, to give the squirrels time to get used to their presence before you use them.
For years, homeowners have been using PVC window trim to prevent squirrels from entering their homes. The low-cost, durable material can be trimmed in any shape they can imagine. And unlike wooden window trim, PVC can be heated and bent to almost any shape. While the process may be time-consuming, the result is perfectly-tight joints. Using a heat blanket helps prevent bending errors because it forms super-strong joints.
One effective way to deter squirrels from tearing down your home’s PVC window trim is to spray repellent on the areas where the squirrels chew. You can also spray repellent on the house siding. A squirrel deterrent that is effective will make wood smell bad and make it difficult for the rodent to chew through it. Reapply the repellent after a hard rain to prevent further damage.
There are several methods of securing screens on wood window trim. Using a screen can keep a squirrel out of the house, but if they can chew on it, you should consider a different method. Using a screwdriver, you can push the broken wire back into place. Another option is to apply some clove oil. Once this step is complete, you can use the clear nail polish to seal any holes. If the screens are ripped or torn, you can use a small screwdriver or a splining tool to repair them.
To install a new screen, you must first remove the old one. You can reuse the spline. Before you can install a new screen, you need to measure the window so that it is large enough to fit. The new one needs to have a few inches of extra room on each side. Then, cut a new spline, a few inches longer than the old one. Finally, push the new one into the channel with the spline roller.
Scat Mats are a great way to protect your plants from squirrels. You can buy them in a variety of designs and sizes. You can use them on window sills and other narrow places to deter squirrels. Some types even have a memory, so they can curl up when you don’t secure them properly. The mesh is 3/5 inches high so it won’t get tangled when you place it on plants.
Another way to keep squirrels out of your home is to put anti-bird spikes around your window trim. These can physically deter squirrels by discouraging them from climbing, running, and jumping. They also give off a noxious smell. They will leave your property once they’ve had enough. If you don’t want to put up netting to keep squirrels out, you can use old nylon stockings or wire mesh. The presence of a pet is also a deterrent. Squirrels will flee a home if it has pets.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.