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PLee
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Brooklyn, NY

5/2/17 1:17 PM

Squirrels can be pretty destructive. They'll chew through almost anything, including aluminum siding. But, they hate hot sauce . . .

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

5/2/17 1:25 PM

Might explain the bigger hole you mentioned...

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Matthew Currie
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 715
Location: Vermont

5/3/17 11:01 PM

I'm betting mice still. If you use spring traps, one of the other things that works well for bait is peanut butter, because if it's stuck to the trigger of the trap, the mouse can't just knock it off.

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KerryIrons
Joined: 12 Jan 2004
Posts: 2836
Location: Midland, MI

5/4/17 8:52 AM

Acting squirrely

The squirrel trying so hard to find a way in may suggest a nest somewhere in your house. The hunt begins.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Portland, OR

5/4/17 9:52 AM

"squirrel trying so hard to find a way in may suggest a nest somewhere in your house"


Way more invasive as mice I can say from experience.
And way more work to eradicate as well.

In NJ the rental house was ballon framed, built in the 20s. That means the 2x4 wall run all the way up to the roof from the basement, open. Over the 50s and 60s codes made this building practices stop for fire reasons. The fire could and did chimney quickly up the bays in the wall all the way up up up with the nice venting path.

Anyway, we had baby squirrels falling down the walls from the eves to the basement. The dog would get them and we'd have to make him drop them to toos them outside. Soft mouth bird dog that would just hold onto them and not bite hard or eat etc. We were more afraid of rabies honestly....

I am not aware of what and where squirrel dropping as far as identification of presence. Plus they do not run along the walls as rats and mice to to see the droppings trails I don,t think...

I think you can rent live traps. As you catch them you can relocate then to some woods as far from your house as in practicable.

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PLee
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
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Location: Brooklyn, NY

5/4/17 12:41 PM

Or squirrel soup. It's supposed to be good for you.

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Matthew Currie
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Vermont

5/4/17 6:17 PM

Long long ago my dad, who was very tender hearted - the kind of person who if he ran over a squirrel would take a detour coming home to avoid the scene - had to trap some mice, so he had a tiny mouse sized Havahart trap. He thought he was recognizing them after a while, so he got some genuine lab mouse dye from a biologist friend, and marked the mice he released. He determined that to be sure of no repeats, you'd better take a mouse about a mile away!

If it's squirrels, you might try squirrel pie, which is said to be quite tasty.

However, I do not recommend shooting the squirrels inside the house. I knew someone who did this from time to time, and it is VERY loud, and tends to mark up the walls.

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
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Location: Westchester/NYC

5/4/17 11:33 PM

I did wish I had a bb gun when I saw the squirrel boldly stroll up and down my walkway.

I haven't shot at a moving target for 20+ years. It was an awfully tempting challenge!

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