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Keeping Squirrels From Chewing on a House

April 12, 2013

Squirrels outside.Is there anything that can be put in paint to keep squirrels from eating the wood on the house?

By J. Wade

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January 5, 20173 found this helpful

Squirrel Damage Stopped by softening several jars of Vaseline in large bowl, stirring in several jars of powdered cayenne pepper, and troweling along edge of roof where they where hanging over trying to reopen a hole they had used to get into eaves for years. Since it is winter now the corner of the house is still nicely covered by the inch thick smear. If they even touch it they will be chased away by the burning quality of the pepper and the Vaseline has been keeping it there for several weeks now. This is our variation on the old advice to spray the area with liquid hot sauce and to keep repeating because it washes off. So far this is lasting and we are so relieved to see no new efforts or holes by those rascally squirrels.

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January 5, 20181 found this helpful

Well, they chewed thru our roof shingles and soffit. After Hurricane we had to get roof replaced because of wind and water.
Anyway , the day after the new roof went on , they had a big hole. It is maddening.

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$10,207.00 !! So before you judge someone walk a mile in their shoes.

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May 9, 20180 found this helpful

Incorrect, the squirrels get the hot pepper on thier hands and eventually in their eyes causing blindness. It is not humane.

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October 10, 20180 found this helpful

I have a pet squirrel that I wouldn't take the world for but I'm going to tell you something when it comes to damaging a 2 or $300,000 home constantly your insurance gets to where it won't pay it so until you pay out that kind of money watching your silly comments

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February 25, 20191 found this helpful

Vicks Vapor Rub they will not go near it to even get it on their hands because of the smell and I hate it I promise I know what I'm talkin about

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April 17, 20190 found this helpful

The squirrels and I were doing just fine until they decided to invade my garage door by chewing the paint off. Nuts to them...

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April 25, 20190 found this helpful

Yes, but squirrels are not human.

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July 21, 2009

I read some of the questions about squirrels. I have one or two that are chewing the paint off my garage door and have chewed part of the door frame. What can I do to stop them? I don't think moth balls would help outdoors.

By Geri from Indianapolis, IN

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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

I would buy a have a hart trap to trap the critters and then take them at least 10 miles away and release them. I had squirrels getting inside my garage and eating the wood in one location to get outside.

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I bought the trap at a hardware store for about $30.

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

We had squirrels in our attic. They were going up on the big wires to the central h/a. I got some hot sauce, put it all around & on the wires. It stopped them, they do not like hot stuff, good luck.

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July 24, 20090 found this helpful

Got a dog?

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July 24, 20090 found this helpful

I was going to say the thing about the pepper. I have used cayenne, black, ground peppers, with dry hot mustard. I'd mix it dry & then sprinkle it around. It works on all kinds of animals. If that didn't work, I'd mix the pepper mustard mix & soak it in water.

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Let set & strain & spray the liquid. Most animals have good noses & lick themselves. The smell usually keeps them away all my itself most the time.

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July 7, 20160 found this helpful

Urinate on the places

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October 10, 20180 found this helpful

Put some soltice quick rub on a few places the smell will keep them away they will not go near it much less get in on their hands I have had a pet squirrel for three years I've had to do this to my wiring and yes he still alive and kicking and running everywhere and it has not heard him because he has not went near the smell

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February 22, 2015

How do I keep squirrels from chewing on a white pine log house, mainly the corners that stick out about 8 inches. The house is stained, but does not make any difference.

By Hank E

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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

Spray a repellent on it
Temporarily cover it with wire hardware cloth or tin
Trim back any bushes and trees that they may be climbing to access the area

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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

Squirrels hate pepper. Reapply after a rain.

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September 14, 20180 found this helpful

I put red pepper thickly all around the side of the house that the squirrel was trying to get back in, and it didn't work. I used vinegar, irish soap in spray bottle, I used wire, metal, and a live trap, which he managed to squeeze out of when I was picking up the live trap.

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I am my wits end...it is very determined to get back in.

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