I made a big mistake in the summer time. A baby squirrel came to my window and I felt so bad for it. It was such a little thing. Well, winter time came and I had to stop feeding her, she grew so big. Now her food source has stopped and she got crazy and started chewing my screens. I finally chased her, but she still keeps coming back chewing on my screen. Please help.
By abalas from Plainview, Long Island
Rag with ammonia.
Kindness s never a mistake. She is your baby and having a hard time finding something to eat. She is starving and associates your kindness with food to survive. Please don't kill her with ammonia. She will acclimate slowly to the wild but for now she needs food you have to offer in order to survive. She doesn't have the ability to find it on her own. As kids, we raised baby squirrels. Slept with us and got off the bed to pee on a paper. Ate with us, enjoyed outdoors and scratched at the door to come in. Totally changed when mating season came. We could never touch them again. They would come close. It was like "Hi, good to see ya". We so loved them. It was gratifying to know they were safe and happy. Please don't torture your baby by not feeding. She is starving. Help her for a little while until she acclimates. To throw her outside with nothing is cruel. She doesn't understand. She loves you as her Mommy. You showed her love before. Don't kill her by taking everything away.
Put food out for the squirrel on the ground outside the window. As the previous post said, don't hurt this little animal or starve it. God will know what you do about this and remember.
Why don't you put a feeder close to the window and feed her. She will still have a full belly and you can still watch her!
It's never a mistake to try to help and especially to help a helpless creature! Being that the baby considers you her mom and friend then at least feed her a little something a day until she's ready to take care of herself completely. She might not ever be completely self suffcient now but truly how is giving him/her at least a few nibbles of food a day to help him/her a bad thing?
I've fed the squirrels that live in the courtyard of my apartment complex for almost four years now. They never needed much but the beginning of this past Winter the bad weather came very early and very furious and the squirrels were caught off guard as far as winter preparedness. What I do is to throw them nuts and apple slices from over my first floor patio railing. One time I dropped some of the food on the patio and noticied one of the squirrels climb over to retrieve it a few hours later. I make sure now that all of the food is thrown a couple of feet over the railing and none dropped on my patio area.
Now that it's almost Spring they are not even touching all of the food that very day and they are only taking what they need which isn't much. One apple keeps them (there are four squirrels) happy for two or three days along with a couple of handfuls a day of bulk already shelled unsalted (salt is a big no no for squrrels) nuts a day.
It doesn't cost that much to feed them and since you're talking about only one squirrel instead of four it will be even less for you. I buy the shelled peanuts in bulk for only about $1.50 a pound and apples in bulk for $1.00 a pound. To feed all four squirrels has been about $15.00 a month for me.
Peanuts are not really good for squirrels. Bird seed would be better. Never pet food. Squirrels are vegeterians. You can buy corn in a big bag at a feed store for next to nothing. Please do not let her starve. When spring comes she will learn to find her own food.
I'm not sure why you stopped feeding her in the winter, as this would be the time when food is needed most. When you decided to take pity on her and feed her as a baby, why would you not want her to survive now that she's growing up? The reason she's damaging your screens is that she's likely very hungry or starving. I hope you'll take the advice of the others here and start putting out some food for her every day. Being you were kind enough to help her as a baby, I think this will make you feel really good not to let her down now. :-)
I am sorry but I need to correct Lilac :-( Nuts of any kind, including peanuts, are quite healthy for squirrels as long as they are unsalted. Squirrels naturally eat an assortment of nuts, seeds, fruit and some veggies in the wild and they sometimes will also eat such items as bird eggs and insects.
Aww, please feed her! She must be starving! If she is chewing through your screens. When you started to feed her, you became her food source and you just can't stop, she depends on you. Please go to the store and buy her some food that is good for her, you can go to a feed store and they can advise you. Please do not let her starve to death, that would be very cruel
If you feed the squirrel and it still chews your screens, you may have to catch it with a small (live) animal trap and release it several miles away.
Wanting food is not the only reason squirrels chew on screens. I have been feeding squirrels for 4 years. They come every day at the same time to get fed. Unfortunately this year they have decided to chew on my screen. These are not hungry squirrels.
I moved into my new place at the end of the winter. I noticed that there was a squirrel hanging around on the back patio where the trash was kept. I left home the other day and when I returned I found that I had an uninvited guess. A squirrel chewed through the kitchen window screen and helped himself to some bread and rolls left closed on the counter. I shut that window but left another window open and to my surprise my husband came out of the bathroom this morning to find that our uninvited guess had invited himself yet again. It's obvious that he's determined to show up for a meal at his leisure but I am not happy with that at all. I moved from an area where I had to keep my windows shut all the time especially if I was not at home. I now live in a safer area and on the second floor and would love to be able to have my windows open without doing guard duty. What can I do to stop this visitor from showing up unannounced, uninvited and definitely unwanted.
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How do I keep squirrels from chewing through my window screens?
We just came home to discover large pieces of bread and baked goods all over the kitchen counter, along the windows above the sink. Thinking that we had just become house mates with super-rat, I summonsed my DH to find it while I packed.
Closer investigtion (by him) revealed a tear in the screen, pushed outward, as in exit. Apparently Einstein Squirrel climbed onto my new window box and chewed his way in and out through the screen. I was somewhat relieved to find a large piece of bread outside, on top of the fence a few feet away.
We just moved here and have lots of squirrels. I love leaving my windows open, which is something we couldn't do in our previous home for safety reasons. Now this! Is this normal? OMG!
Gwen from OH
Are you sure the guilty party is a squirrel? Several years ago I had an apartment that backed to the woods. One night (of course I was home alone) my little dog woke me up, growling and barking like crazy. I found him just outside the kitchen doorway, every hair on his little body standing straight up. I called my mom on the cell phone, whispering: "Yeah, Mom? I'm in my hallway. Charlie is going nuts. There is someone in the kitchen. I have a baseball bat. Stay on the line, mom. If I scream, please call 911, okay?"
Then I flipped on the light to find a giant raccoon sitting on the counter, an entire loaf of wheat bread scattered from here to there. He just sort of looked at me and blinked, as if to say, "Join me for a midnight snack?" He wasn't afraid of me or my ferocious watchdog! I had to hop up and down and throw things before he sauntered back out through the window screen, which he had torn from the lower corner and pulled out of the way for easy entry.
The maintenance man fixed that screen the very next morning. Two weeks later, the intruder returned. We had to stop opening our kitchen window altogether.
Good luck with your bandits! (07/18/2007)
I"m with MissouriMom. I live in an area with lots of squirrels and I've never known one to chew through a screen. Sounds more like a raccoon. Here's how you can tell: what time does this occur? Squirrels are strictly dawn to dusk animals. Raccoons are nocturnal. (07/18/2007)
Yes, indeed squirrels will chew screening if food is in sight! I caught a squirrel chewing on the porch screen. After chasing it off a few times I realized it was after a piece of bread in plain sight on a shelf. I removed the tantalizing bread and the squirrel was no longer tempted. I have the hole covered with heavy tape until the screening can be replaced. (07/23/2007)
Mothballs! Scatter them around the yard and varmints will high-tail it out of there. Works as a snake deterrent too. (07/23/2007)
The previous owners probably fed the squirrels. However I might suggest you get rid of the window box you just put up otherwise you will never be rid of them. They have had a taste of what's inside your home now so don't give them a way to get in your windows again. Keep them clear of tables, tree limbs and keep an eye on your screen door. Don't leave the inside door open. We humans always under estimate the thinking of squirrels. They are quite intelligent and they will get into any kind of bird feeder there is out there and will study it to get in to it. I guess the only way to beat them is to put some corn cobs out there that Lowe's sells or any pet food institution. Basically just feed them and away from your house. (07/23/2007)
I think I'd cover my screens with some heavy duty ventilated material, like the light weight metal grids you can get for your screen door to keep pets from puncturing your screen. Better still, since you obviously can't leave your windows open while they are doing this, could you just take out the screens for a while? At least they wouldn't get torn up and you'd save the expense of replacing them. We're in the middle of heat wave, so I haven't had my windows open for several weeks. (08/10/2007)