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Old 03-22-2013, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Does anyone know of anything that will keep the blasted things from ruining my furniture, specifically my big umbrella? I caught one standing on the back of a chair chewing the edge of the umbrella. It has done quite a bit of damage to the fabric. Obviously I swung the umbrella out of the way and moved the chair but I saw one today shimmying up the pole! It is not something I can just move so I need some kind of repellent to spray on it if there is such a thing (without doing more damage to the fabric). Any ideas anyone? Electronic gizmo's won't work as I have pets.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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bitter apple spray..bought at petsmart.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Thanks, will give it a try.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:57 PM
 
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Sorry I dont have any suggestions --- but this video might give you a little enjoyment:



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Old 03-23-2013, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Houston
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It did!!
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:53 AM
 
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Oh, jeez! They can't take spicy things. Try mixing 4 Tbsp of hot sauce w/ 1qt. white vinegar and spray it around the patio furniture. This might not be a good idea because it might leave a stain. Good luck!
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:00 AM
 
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It would be a bit messy. Try that dog repellant spray, bitter apple. Otherwise, oil on the pole....They can't climb the oily pole.

I detest them, we have a lot of them as we live in an old neighborhood with lots of old established trees.

I have not found the right thing yet to keep them from my yard. I've tried moth balls, chili powder etc. I'm thinking of trying double stick tape on my trees...figuring if they are un-comfortable they'll avoid my trees. Let us know what works.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:01 AM
 
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It did!!
Hmm...Wodner if it will work along the top of my fence?? I'm gonna try it this spring.

Last edited by JanND; 03-23-2013 at 07:01 AM.. Reason: edit text
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:55 PM
 
Location: The Bayou City
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you could always build a screen room?

obviously a more radical approach that would cost some money, but if its that big of an issue and nothing else works...
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Thanks for the suggestions. Will see what works!
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