Squirrel damage to homes can be costly. Squirrels can chew through just about anything that’s not made of metal. Their front teeth continue growing throughout their entire lives. To keep them trimmed to a proper length squirrels chew on stuff.
A major problem arises when squirrels don’t have available to them, their normal methods of teeth trimming which include chewing on acorns, walnuts or other hard coated seeds gathered from trees, and will instead chew on your house, and property or anything else to keep their teeth trimmed. They might chew on your wood siding, roofing shingles, doors, sheds, barns, grill covers, patio furniture, plastic yard lights, non-metal parts of parked cars, etc..
So how do you stop them from destroying your stuff. There are several methods that can be used. The most important one being that you act as soon as you notice the first signs of damage. Don’t wait until these pesky critters have chewed a gaping hole in the side of your home or top of your roof.
- Welded Wire
If you see wood damage from squirrels on your home, shed or barn in a location that isn’t overly obvious to guests and visitors, you can cover it with a piece of 1/2-Inch galvanized welded wire mesh or chicken wire or even a tin metal sheet.
- Squirrel Repellent
If the damage is in a location on your house that’s readily visible, use a rodent repellent such as Bonide 238 Animal Repellent. Spray it on and around the damaged area.
- Live Trap
If the damage is already severe, or if the squirrels have made an opening through which they can enter your home, you might consider using a Havahart Live Trap and then removing the animals from your property.
Another method that can have good success is to offer the squirrels an alternative item to chew on. By simply placing the item at or near the damage location, you may find that the squirrels will abandon their habit of chewing on your home and instead begin chewing on the item you placed there for them.
(If the squirrels are chewing in order to gain access to your attic for the purpose of giving birth, then alternative chewing items won’t have much effect. In such cases use the Bonide 238 Animal Repellent or a Live Trap.)