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post #1 of 9 Old 11-13-2012, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Dang Squirrels!!

So, this isn't about pets, but I couldn't find a more appropriate place to put it...

My house backs onto a small forest, and it is INFESTED with grey squirrels!! And they are HUGE! I think if they sat on my little Siamese cat they would squash him!! Well, one has recently taken up the hobby of eating my deck. Not chewing it, actually swallowing the wood. He just sits on the railing and munches away.
When I open the back door to shoo him away, he tries to get in the house!! These squirrels are mutant. And unfortunately I can't use a pellet gun where I am LOL. I would like to save my deck and give the squirrels the shock of their lives. Any suggestions? I have read about putting hot sauce on the deck, but I think it would wash away with our frequent November rain. And my deck isn't treated, so it might just absorb the sauce.
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-13-2012, 12:50 PM
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-13-2012, 12:56 PM
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sling shot is a good idea

If not...

Feed them chille peppers?
Flamethrower?
Get a dog?


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post #4 of 9 Old 11-13-2012, 01:01 PM
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Do you have pets that frequent that area? I ask because a sonic pest repellant would be one suggestion, but not if there are animals that you DO want in the area that would be effected as well.
Rigging a small charger and running a hot wire would also be an option - you can always turn the charger off at times you want to use the deck since they are unlikely to be too inclined to come up at those times anyway.
Make sure you make your area as unattractive to them as possible - noise, activity, NO food (pet or human).
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-13-2012, 01:03 PM
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The capsaicin in hot sauce would work, but why not put out something more appealing for him to chew on? They like corn cobs.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-13-2012, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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HAHA slingshot. That would be too much fun. My neighbor has two cats that frequent our yard, along with deer. I have two whole pumpkins out front that I can throw in the back and see if they chew on those. For now, I found some really thick hot sauce from a trip to mexico that I am going to smear on the spots that they've been chewing. Hopefully the below zero temperatures overnight will help it freeze.
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Sling shot is great, if you're there. Hot sauce will wash off. Sunlight dish soap is less expensive and absorbs into the word. Perhaps an owl decoy as well, but squirrels are pretty smart. Once they figure out it's a fake, they'll be back. Rat traps work, just be sure to anchor them in place with a chain and be prepared to deal with unpleasantness. It happens.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-14-2012, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Just to share, incase anyone is browsing, I made a paste out of thick hot sauce and dishsoap (Palmolive, I didn't have Sunlight), and put it on the spots they are chewing. I havn't seen them on the deck since I posted the thread, and I plan on re-applying it every week or so.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-15-2012, 02:57 PM
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A neighbor where I used to live had a squirre lproblem. She used to trap them,& release in a wildlife area, but that got old fast, so she graduated to a pellet rifle. Sorry that won't work for you-hope your concotion does the trick-they are very destructive.
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