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Old 02-24-2019, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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I know we had holes plugged up several times. They just chewed new ones. Chewed the wiring to our outdoor flood lights. Several of them. Chewed the wiring harness in my husbands truck. Chewed the wiring in a Sebring (this one could not be repaired it was ruined). Turned my husbands papers stored in the attic into nesting material. Ate all the birdseed.

Yes, they're cute but enough is enough.
Their teeth grow at a phenomenal rate and never stop. They have to chew and they love metal and wiring especially.
We had one that would sit and chew the corners off of the bricks on our house. I guess he was filing his teeth with it. Although I read they also like to get salt out of the mortar.



This is what happens when they can't chew thru stuff (and other reasons):



The Useless Creatures: A Tusked Squirrel
I had a spot where two levels of roof meet that wasn't constructed properly by the builder, and squirrels were getting in. I bought a sheet of aluminum and put it in place; the squirrels promptly chewed right through it. So I got a piece of stainless steel from Home Depot. They couldn't get through that.
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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I know we had holes plugged up several times. They just chewed new ones. Chewed the wiring to our outdoor flood lights. Several of them. Chewed the wiring harness in my husbands truck. Chewed the wiring in a Sebring (this one could not be repaired it was ruined). Turned my husbands papers stored in the attic into nesting material. Ate all the birdseed.

Yes, they're cute but enough is enough.
Their teeth grow at a phenomenal rate and never stop. They have to chew and they love metal and wiring especially.
We had one that would sit and chew the corners off of the bricks on our house. I guess he was filing his teeth with it. Although I read they also like to get salt out of the mortar.



This is what happens when they can't chew thru stuff (and other reasons):



The Useless Creatures: A Tusked Squirrel
Interesting you mention their growing teeth...I have a deer skull with antlers that I keep out on my deck for them to wear their incisors down. Many days at least one squirrel will give it a good chew.
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Old Yesterday, 01:10 PM
 
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Call an exterminator (or handy man) to put a one way "mesh" over the hole. This will allow Rocket J Squirrel to get out of the attic, but not back in. Get a havahart trap and cage the offender and relocate him. After a few days, have the "mesh" removed and the hole closed.


Another way is to stuff a plastic bag into the hole after you have trapped "Rocky" and see if the bag gets moved - that would indicate the Rocky has relatives still there.


Then trim the tree branches so that there is no way for the varmints to get in by potentially making another hole.


When you own a home, you don't need a hobby.
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Old Yesterday, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Interesting you mention their growing teeth...I have a deer skull with antlers that I keep out on my deck for them to wear their incisors down. Many days at least one squirrel will give it a good chew.
Can't resist:
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Old Today, 01:54 PM
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Can't resist:
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They are naughty...but cute.
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