How do I keep squirrels off my back porch screens

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I've tried cayenne pepper I've tried coyote urine I tried loud sound machines I mean I am at my wit's end. Last thing I want to do is poison. But I'm extremely frustrated and as I said I am at my wit's end. I've already replaced screens twice it's a non ending battle.

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  • George.bezrouk George.bezrouk on Feb 25, 2018
    Throw peanuts to your neighbour garden.And it works.He did the same and his neigbh did the same
  • Gelaine Fasse Buhk Gelaine Fasse Buhk on Feb 25, 2018
    Squirrels may appear cute and harmless, but they can be very destructive to your home and yard. These pesky critters are especially known for chewing through screened porches. They're also known for being very agile and persistent animals. Chewing through screened porches is their gateway to a warm and safe habitat. Once inside, they will continue to visit your property unless you take actions to break their habit. Thankfully there are several proven methods to help squirrel-proof your property.


    Step 1
    Mix together water, chopped onions, jalapeno and cayenne pepper. Pour the concoction into a spray bottle, and spray on your screened porch to deter squirrels.
    Step 2
    Place mothball-filled socks outside your porch to discourage chewing. The toxin in mothballs (naphthalene) acts as a respiratory irritant to them.
    Step 3
    Fasten a type of hardware barrier where the critters have been chewing. You can choose from chicken wire, hardware cloth or 1- to 2-inch metal mesh.

    Step 4
    Purchase a powder treated with coyote urine at a local home improvement store. The presence of the smell is known to trigger the squirrel's inborn fear instinct and keep it away from your property.

    Step 5
    Check with your township about placing live traps. They may require a permit or a professional trapper to relocate the squirrel. If you are allowed to trap, visit your local sporting goods or garden supply store for a selection of live animal traps. Do some detective work to determine the best place to set up your trap. Bait the trap with corn or peanut butter, and check twice daily. Once you've successfully trapped your squirrel, release it at least two or three miles away to prevent their return.
    • Buddy Monetti Buddy Monetti on Feb 27, 2018
      These squirrels are extremely smart I've tried so many things however the one thing I've read here I am sure will work.

      I will have to construct frames to attach to the outside of my porch with mesh or a tight chicken wire make it as attractive as I can put it over the screened window panels and I know that will work I just have to figure out to do it cosmetically.

      so I live on the golf course with literally thousands of squirrels roaming the area. The squirrels are smart aromage Aromas things phase them.
  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Feb 26, 2018
    Hello Buddy, I have critter problems also. Especially the ground hog! They dig under Anything to nest under your porch, House, shed or garage. Then they have the nerve to eat everything in all your gardens. Like you I was at wits end. Then after a few years I tried something else I heard of. Now I’m not sure about squirrels but my trick is so inexpensive you’ve got to try it. Get a rag, soak it in straight Ammonia!! The kind you use to clean around the house. Place the soaked rag where the critters are nibbling, maybe on the porch rail where the screens are. That’s it! This trick I passed on to my neighbors and it has never failed. Never failed but I never did it for squirrels. Good luck and hope it works.
  • Wanda10158 Wanda10158 on Feb 26, 2018
    Our neighbor put a couple of ornamental owls to keep them off his patio.
    They ate through the plastic box that stored his dog food. It worked.
  • Trudy Trudy on Feb 26, 2018
    Is there food on your porch that they want? Store it elsewhere!
    • Buddy Monetti Buddy Monetti on Feb 27, 2018
      I have no food on the porch actually nothing at all that they have interest in there just destructive they make no attempt to enter all they do is scratch rip and go.
      This may sound strange but I know my squirrels this battles been going on for 10 years. I live on a golf course and there are literally thousands of squirrels in our development.
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 26, 2018
    I know cats aren't the answer, because my cats get teased by our squirrels when they go to the window. My friend is having some success with a doorbell she found that sounds like a barking dog when she pushes it (she mounted it by the windows). I've had some luck with an electronic device that runs off batteries. They are persistent though.
  • Ellis Ellis on Feb 27, 2018
    Squirrels, like most rodents, hate the smell of mint. Get some oil of peppermint, soak cotton balls in it, and place them in old nylon stockings or net fruit bags. Hang wherever you don't want squirrels. Replace every few weeks with new cotton balls, freshly soaked with the oil of peppermint.
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