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Old 07-10-2019, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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yup. just get the metal garbage cans. It's the only thing that'll keep the seed safe.


been there, done that.
We would keep our duck feed in the metal garbage cans and the squirrels would leave blood on the lids trying to chew through the cans.

We could not even put out wooded birdhouses because the squirrels would chew through them.
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Old 07-10-2019, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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So how far did he throw the bucket?
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Squirrels used to chew through the lids of my garbage cans to get to the trash to eat who knows what. I tried everything to keep them out of there, but they kept chewing through some pretty heavy plastic.

It lasted one summer, and then all the sudden stopped. I imagine something just happened to eat the squirrel that was causing the issue.
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:43 AM
 
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yup. just get the metal garbage cans. It's the only thing that'll keep the seed safe.


been there, done that.

We have a camp place out in the country. We have a metal trash can. We have to use bungee cords to keep the lid on, at night, because of the raccoons. Otherwise, they can, and they have gotten into the metal trashcan. lol
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:47 AM
 
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I've seen rats do that, so I'm sure squirrels could. Rats would be my first guess though. You're fighting a losing battle unless you get a metal container.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Oh yeah. I've seen them eat through a lot of stuff. Right now I'm having a battle with them over the outdoor/weather proof plastic seat/bin that I store bird seed in (I refuse to put it in the shed or garage and battle the moth invasion ever again!). They keep chewing all the edges and corners trying to get into it. I have all edges covered in a very gummy type of tape. I have that smeared with vick's vaporub and then sprayed that with flying insect killer. So far, so good. I just have to recoat it every now and then.

They also have the entire top of one of the doors into my shed all chewed up. Not real sure how I'm going to deal with that yet. I know there's a thread on squirrel damage and the growth rate of their teeth if they don't chew over in the nature forum.
I put patio lights up in my backyard for a party, 3 long strings. The first day they had them all chewed up into many pieces.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Oh yeah. I've seen them eat through a lot of stuff. Right now I'm having a battle with them over the outdoor/weather proof plastic seat/bin that I store bird seed in (I refuse to put it in the shed or garage and battle the moth invasion ever again!). They keep chewing all the edges and corners trying to get into it. I have all edges covered in a very gummy type of tape. I have that smeared with vick's vaporub and then sprayed that with flying insect killer. So far, so good. I just have to recoat it every now and then.

They also have the entire top of one of the doors into my shed all chewed up. Not real sure how I'm going to deal with that yet. I know there's a thread on squirrel damage and the growth rate of their teeth if they don't chew over in the nature forum.
I put patio lights up in my backyard for a party, 3 long strings. The first day they had them all chewed up into many pieces.
Not that you want to attract squirrels but you may be able to "distract" them from chewing on other stuff by putting out a piece of deer antler - it's usually marketed to big dogs as a chew toy but it's a lot harder than the typical kind of bone.
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Old 07-10-2019, 01:08 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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They have chisels instead of teeth. They can chew through anything, as some people have discovered while trying to keep them out of the attic.
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Old 07-10-2019, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Not sure why my typo I edited still says "threw". lol.


Anyway -- I'm testing their will power. Not like the ladder worked. lol


He's got a good view from the Top step there.


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Old 07-10-2019, 02:39 PM
 
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Something chewed a 2 inch hole at the base of my plastic storage shed and ate some snail bait. Not too bright.
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