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Old 10-18-2018, 09:02 AM   #1
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Squirrel Problems

I park my coach under a shelter next to the woods and have not had a squirrel problem in the past 5 years. This year squirrels have been getting into the motor compartment and setting up nests and have accumulated enough acorns to last the winter. I was fortunate to discover this early as they have not chewed through any wiring. My poor Astro Van parked next to the coach did to fare for lucky. They chewed through a bunch of wiring I had to fix myself. I have heard that placing Irish Spring Soap in the nest areas would repel them.... but is there anything else I use to keep them out?
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:22 AM   #2
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Dog's, cats, gun's seriously I've seen some spray's and granules at Lowe's for critters like that. The problem with any of those items is if it rains hard you'll have to reapply it and that can be a pain. How about trapping them and then moving them to a far off location. Maybe someone else can shed some light. Good luck hope you solve your problem. Last thought if you didn't have any problems in the last 5 years what changed now? Was there construction in your area causing them to move, or something you might have done to in courage them to move in? The squirrels in my area build nests in the trees to keep away from the dogs and cats. Maybe someone cut a bunch of trees down. I don't know what you could do about that if that's the cause.
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Squirrels get kicked out of the nest and home territory so have to find their own "kingdom".
Where we store our coach for the winter the red squirrels cause problems.
We take pop cans, cut them in half (crosswise, not lengthwise) then cut vertically so bottoms have foldover tabs. I put six cotton balls in them, soak with peppermint oil (NOT oil of peppermint) then fold the tabs over to keep the cotton balls in place. Some of these "assemblies" I put a wire thru for hanging the deterrent assembly in the engine compartment or where I need to keep wires "safe".
I also place these deterrents anywhere I think any critters might want in.
This has worked for the last 14 years--of course I refresh or replace the "assemblies" every so often.
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I park my coach under a shelter next to the woods and have not had a squirrel problem in the past 5 years. This year squirrels have been getting into the motor compartment and setting up nests and have accumulated enough acorns to last the winter. I was fortunate to discover this early as they have not chewed through any wiring. My poor Astro Van parked next to the coach did to fare for lucky. They chewed through a bunch of wiring I had to fix myself. I have heard that placing Irish Spring Soap in the nest areas would repel them.... but is there anything else I use to keep them out?
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I don't know about you, but I would prefer coming back in the spring to the smell of peppermint than to the smell of moth balls!
Bedding and clothes, fabrics and carpets could all smell like moth balls.
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Squirrels get kicked out of the nest and home territory so have to find their own "kingdom".
Where we store our coach for the winter the red squirrels cause problems.
We take pop cans, cut them in half (crosswise, not lengthwise) then cut vertically so bottoms have foldover tabs. I put six cotton balls in them, soak with peppermint oil (NOT oil of peppermint) then fold the tabs over to keep the cotton balls in place. Some of these "assemblies" I put a wire thru for hanging the deterrent assembly in the engine compartment or where I need to keep wires "safe".
I also place these deterrents anywhere I think any critters might want in.
This has worked for the last 14 years--of course I refresh or replace the "assemblies" every so often.
X2...spraying some around helps too...
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Dog's, cats, gun's seriously I've seen some spray's and granules at Lowe's for critters like that. The problem with any of those items is if it rains hard you'll have to reapply it and that can be a pain. How about trapping them and then moving them to a far off location. Maybe someone else can shed some light. Good luck hope you solve your problem. Last thought if you didn't have any problems in the last 5 years what changed now? Was there construction in your area causing them to move, or something you might have done to in courage them to move in? The squirrels in my area build nests in the trees to keep away from the dogs and cats. Maybe someone cut a bunch of trees down. I don't know what you could do about that if that's the cause.
Nope... nothing changed in the area. I think our dog is getting older and lazier chasing them off. LOL.... And, I don't believe trapping them is a good option; there are just many around here to have any success.
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We live in the county so shoot most of them that keep coming back. Always have plenty the next year. Herb packets, moth balls help, as does the puppy and cat but nothing stops them. Started reducing the population after they got in the neighbors house attic, fell down between a wall, died and months and dollars later removed after some nasty odors in the house.
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We live in the county so shoot most of them that keep coming back. Always have plenty the next year. Herb packets, moth balls help, as does the puppy and cat but nothing stops them. Started reducing the population after they got in the neighbors house attic, fell down between a wall, died and months and dollars later removed after some nasty odors in the house.
A generation ago people used to hunt squirrels for food on the table.... yours truly included. That kept the population down a lot. Today squirrels are rarely hunted and they are everywherE... you just canít shoot em all. For now I am checking the coach every day and destroying their nests. Maybe they will get tired of rebuilding and leave.
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A generation ago people used to hunt squirrels for food on the table.... yours truly included. That kept the population down a lot. Today squirrels are rarely hunted and they are everywherE... you just canít shoot em all. For now I am checking the coach every day and destroying their nests. Maybe they will get tired of rebuilding and leave.
Ahhh....battered and pan fried squirrel. Tastes great. Good when camping (real camping, not RVing or glamping) roasted on a spit or stick over a small cooking campfire.
A .22 caliber bolt action rifle loaded with CB or BB caps which are very quiet and short-ranged is just the ticket.
Hunting with a partner who will walk ahead of the hunter to tree and send the squirrel around to the hunter's side of the tree can be very productive.
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Ahhh....battered and pan fried squirrel. Tastes great. Good when camping (real camping, not RVing or glamping) roasted on a spit or stick over a small cooking campfire.
A .22 caliber bolt action rifle loaded with CB or BB caps which are very quiet and short-ranged is just the ticket.
Hunting with a partner who will walk ahead of the hunter to tree and send the squirrel around to the hunter's side of the tree can be very productive.
Yup, done that. I think the meat comes off the bone better that rabbit too.
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