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Question DetailsAsked on 5/13/2011

Preventing squirrels from getting into the eaves

How can I prevent squirrels from getting into the eaves of my house? Last year it started and was easy for them because the siding was old and warped with plenty of places for them to get access. I had my house resided (and new windows put in) and within weeks of completion, they had chewed through the trim board of my Hardie Plank (c) and were setting up house in the eaves again. I've had the exterminator back who put in a one way door so they have been evicted. However, I don't want to have the trim board replaced if they are just going to chew through it again. The exterminator's only suggestion was to have him put up stainless mess around the entire house at the roof line. Not a look I would appreciate. My question is what can I do to prevent the squirrels from getting back in or make it unpleasant so that they don't want to live with me? I am looking forward to your advice on this one. Thank you.

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The best way to keep squirrels out of your eaves -

1) Trim the trees close to the house so that the squirrels cannot

jump from the tree branches onto your house.

2) If you are feeding birds - you will attract other wildlife - other

than birds to your yard - including mice, squirrels and voles.

3) Squirrels are rodents - which means the have to gnaw to wear

down their teeth - they will gnaw on your home (roof vents

eaves ) to gain access to eaves or the attic. Squirrels that go

into attics, crawl spaces or eaves have been raised in such

environments. So if the nos. are high you may have to trap

them and eliminate them. Trap on the roof - those are the

squirrels you want to trap.

Answered 9 years ago by mike

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