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Keeping Squirrels From Chewing on a House

Squirrels chew on a variety of things to deal with the constant growth of their teeth. However, when they begin to use you house for this activity you will want to take action. This is a guide about keeping squirrels from chewing on a house.


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April 12, 20131 found this helpful

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

By J. Wade


April 15, 20130 found this helpful


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April 16, 20130 found this helpful

Live trap them. Then dispose of properly. Red squirrels are the worst! They will get into the house and eat on the wires. Fire hazard! We catch them, toss a trash bag over the trap, spray in starter fluid from the can. Put them to sleep permanently. I don't like pellet guns, our neighbors use them. A gray squirrel caught is released.

You should see what the reds did to our garage. Tore the insulation off the walls and stuffed the tool drawers full. They will get under your hood of the car and make a mess of wiring too. In the winter, start the car, BOOM BOOM under the hood. Got one. MESS!

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November 19, 20160 found this helpful

Good answer , but hope the kids don't chew it too. HA.

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January 5, 20172 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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October 25, 20170 found this helpful

Sicko. How would you like someone to do that to you.we' ve invaded their territory.that is extremely cruel and unnecessary.

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January 5, 20180 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.
$10,207.00 !! So before you judge someone walk a mile in their shoes.

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February 25, 20180 found this helpful

My house has been here since 1928. So useing some slick with pepper is not only great it's also humane U idiot. Give ur address and we will ship them to your house .

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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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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


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. 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. 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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August 1, 20170 found this helpful

The problem in Illinois is that is illegal to transport a pest to someone else's property. I just kill the pests and they will never come back.

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February 22, 20150 found this helpful

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


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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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

How do you get squirrels to stop eating pressed wood lumber on outside of house?

Ken from Hickory, NC


Stopping Squirrels From Chewing On House

I don't think they are eating it, but are sharpening up their teeth. Try nailing up a wooden box on a far tree in your backyard and fill it with nuts for them to eat. (08/04/2008)

By Marjorie

Stopping Squirrels from Chewing on a House

Definitely feed them. Other people, for years, have been complaining to me about chipmunks and squirrels damaging their property in one way or another. I've never had a problem, because I provide food for them. The added plus is watching them. I consider it cheap entertainment. (08/05/2008)

By Me

Stopping Squirrels from Chewing on a House

Yes! Put out unsalted peanuts in the shells. They would much rather have that than your house. But are you sure it's squirrels? Have you actually seen them do this? It could be chipmunks trying to make a new den. (08/06/2008)

Stopping Squirrels from Chewing on a House

I had the same problem and I didn't feed the squirrels! They had plenty of food from my 2 oak trees. I found a product called "Critter Ridder" I sprayed it on my wooden stoop and after the squirrels had a taste of it a couple of times, they left my wood alone because the product contains hot stuff. It is made by "Havahart" and is a repellent for several different types of critters. Works like a charm on squirrels. They don't bother my wooden stoop anymore. (08/06/2008)

By Sharon

Stopping Squirrels from Chewing on a House

Try Rataway spray from (09/17/2008)

By Rick Suddes

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