Why is a Squirrel Eating Wood on My Porch?
If you’re wondering why a squirrel is chewing on your porch, you’re not alone. Quite a few homeowners have the same problem. You’ve tried everything, from reppelling them to providing them with something tasty to nibble on. But, nothing has worked. Here’s what you can do to solve this problem. Read on for tips on how to keep squirrels from chewing on your porch!
There are many ways to repel squirrels from your home, including using crushed red pepper flakes. Sprinkle these near chewed wood or wooden fixtures. If the problem persists, consider applying cayenne pepper and petroleum jelly to your porch and yard. Cat and dog hair can also be placed around the wood chewing areas. This combination will release the scent of the pet and deter the squirrels from eating the wood.
For a more permanent solution, you can apply zinc oxide, a potent deterrent that numbs a squirrel’s tongue, and certain plants and bulbs will keep squirrels away. This is an effective method, as they will stay away from plants and bulbs they find attractive. This way, you can be sure that you will keep squirrels away from your property for good. If you are not able to keep squirrels out of your porch, you should try using a repellent that is strong enough to prevent them from entering.
Providing squirrels with something edible to nibble
If you’ve ever noticed that your porch is overrun with squirrels, you might be wondering: What should I do to keep the squirrels away? You can feed them by providing them with some scraps. Most squirrels will happily nibble on fruit, but too much of the wrong kinds can cause problems. Fruits are one of their favorite snacks, but if you give them too much, they won’t get enough calcium. They will eat a lot of fruit, particularly in summer and fall.
Squirrels don’t like junk food, chocolate, candy, and other highly processed foods. They’ll eat most nuts and seeds, but they’ll also eat fruit, vegetables, and grains if you give them something healthy to nibble on. But beware: you have to reapply the spray frequently to keep the squirrels away. You can also try homemade repellent sprays, or purchase commercially available granules.
Keeping squirrels away from food sources
If your porch has a food source, one option for preventing squirrels is to put up chicken wire and plant stakes. You can place these traps around trash cans, or under the eaves of your porch. Be sure to watch for the squirrels, and if you catch them, move them to another area. Using motion-activated air blasters is another option. They can scare away squirrels from your plants, but they will not eat your plants.
In addition to being a nuisance, squirrels are prone to carrying diseases. Since they have a short life span, they are susceptible to various illnesses and are not good drivers. If you find a squirrel, do not try to catch it – they can be violent and even aggressive if they feel cornered. If you have any doubts, consult a specialist. Even though you’d think you know how to catch a squirrel, never try to do it yourself!
Preventing squirrels from chewing on your house
While most people don’t like the idea of squirrels chewing on their houses, there are several things you can do to keep these animals from getting into your attic. Squirrels are very clever creatures, and they are known to chew things for the same reason humans do – to wear down their teeth. You can try putting a commercial capsaicin spray or bitter apple on the area they are chewing, or you can rub it down with a perfumed bar of soap. The squirrels can move on to other areas as soon as they get bored with their chewing, so be prepared for them to find another place to chew.
Another effective way to discourage squirrels is to make sure you don’t put bird feeders too close to your house. This will make it easier for them to reach your birdfeeders. If you want to deter them from gnawing on your house, you can also place fences around your property. In the worst case scenario, you can also use ammonia to attract them away. However, this may seem like an extreme solution, but it’s one of the simplest ways to keep squirrels from chewing on your house.
Keeping pets away from squirrels
There are several ways to keep pets away from squirrels on your porch. You can use dog and cat dander to scare squirrels. Dog and cat hair can also be stuffed under a pumpkin to create a barrier between your pets and the squirrels. If you are hosting a pumpkin patch or a holiday party on your porch, you can place a small canister of repellent near the porch.
Another option is to install ultrasonic repellents. These devices emit sounds that are not audible to humans and animals. They can be easy to install and operate. Some models are solar-powered or motion activated. You can also hang motion lights on your porch or patio to startle squirrels. The only downside is that these methods can irritate your pets. Therefore, it is important to choose a repellent that’s safe for your home and 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.