squirrels

ill.plainsman

happy, happy
Jun 21, 2012
963
Champaign Illinois
squirrels in our storage bay. [}:)] we found a place to store our camper for the winter but I have noticed a lot of squirrels around the shed and trees outside. one was even seen in the building. [V] I can't do anything about them except try to catch them. does any one on this board have any baits or repellents. I have seen a device that strobes and supposedly evicts squirrels & rodents, but at $140.00 I don't know if my grand/daughter would leave it plugged in. her shed is diagonal lap siding with a lot of holes. might drive the neighbors mad. [:(!] any suggestions? [MOD]
 

GA Judy

Super Active Member
Oct 15, 2010
1,154
This might sound really nuts (punny), but you could paint a wide red line around the camper and across the shed doorway(s) and the squirrels might not come over the lines. Really. I have been battling with squirrels getting into and destroying my bird feeders for quite a few years. They always beat my deterrents. Then DH read something I thought was really weird but did it anyway and it has worked!! No squirrels going up the feeder poles. He said the article said to paint the feeder poles red and it would keep the squirrels from climbing up. I spray painted the poles and have seen only one squirrel only one time up at the feeder, and I think that one jumped across from another pole, but he hasn't been back. Really. No kidding. It's been over 3 weeks since I painted the poles red.
 

jeeper88

Let's go Camping and Jeepin
Apr 24, 2011
927
Ocala,FL
For real I did this.... I went and bought some rubber snakes and a blow up python and no more squirrels.. [:)C]
 

ill.plainsman

happy, happy
Jun 21, 2012
963
Champaign Illinois
oh, ok; you meant paint the floor. no. [:D] not going to do it. I can't shoot them either, my granddaughters house and garage. out of my city in a town 15 miles away. I have 2 rubber snakes but no Python. guess I will try some mothballs and just hope and pray they don't look under the cover. [PUC]
 

gruss

Super Active Member
May 6, 2014
1,252
if they're anything like the ones in my yard, they'll just destroy the cover but leave the camper alone.
 

campfire Joe

Active Member
Jan 27, 2015
372
peru new york
ill.plainsman said:
oh, ok; you meant paint the floor. no. [:D] not going to do it. I can't shoot them either, my granddaughters house and garage. out of my city in a town 15 miles away. I have 2 rubber snakes but no Python. guess I will try some mothballs and just hope and pray they don't look under the cover. [PUC]
Don't put a lot of faith in mothballs, I placed a bunch of them on the branches of my English walnut tree, and it didn't make any difference. They were just as many of them sitting around on the branches snacking on my walnuts. Every year they just completely strip my tree. I have never got even one.
 

Zephyr

Active Member
Jun 18, 2013
353
central Oregon
The camp hosts at Cape Blanco SP put LED rope lights on the ground under their TT. We thought it was to make locating the host site easier at night, but they said it keeps out rodents. Might be worth trying if electricity is available.

OR....just get a West Highland Terrier or two.
 

G. Will Ickers

Active Member
Jul 31, 2014
100
I store my camper in my detached 2-car garage. There is a louvered gable in the back, and since I took down my purple martin nest (after a squirrel took it over), she has been trying to nest in my garage.

I walked in there once to get a beer, and noticed glass on the floor. I looked up, and noticed the gable completely destroyed, a hole in the screen, and knew that she must have been trying to build another nest in my garage.
Well, I have too many things in there that are perfect for nesting (camper, hanging canoe, towel bin, etc), so I wasn't going to take this lightly.
I blocked the back of the gable with 1/2" board. One week later, and she had chewed almost completely through.
So I tried metal netting. She chewed and chewed on that, but it held up. I got a text from my wife while at work: "the squirrel is chewing and chewing, you better get home and handle this".
So before I left for work this morning, I waited until she was on the ground (not on the garage, or anywhere where I'd regret it) and administered the hot lead injection. 22lr subsonics are the best repellent on the market.

Thank you Project Appleseed.
 

jnc

Welcome from New Hampshire
Oct 1, 2014
3,935
South Central New Hampshire
G. Will Ickers said:
So before I left for work this morning, I waited until she was on the ground (not on the garage, or anywhere where I'd regret it) and administered the hot lead injection. 22lr subsonics are the best repellent on the market.

Thank you Project Appleseed.
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I do believe this was my reply to the OP
 

sleach

A short run will get you within walking distance.
May 17, 2014
705
Boulder, Colorado
After trying owl statues, netting, reflective ribbons and the like I had to apply a very similar solution- compressed CO2 powered- to the flickers that were drilling holes in the end of my house. Now my neighbor wants me to come have a cup of coffee in his back yard, but only if I bring Miss Anschutz........

And this is in the People's Republic of Boulder!
 

redneckgearhead

Active Member
Mar 30, 2015
375
Killing them is the only way to handle squirrels. There is a pvc trap that might work, but you will have to kill them to get them to stop. Google it for a pic.
 




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