I am at war! The first thing to know when you are at war is KNOW YOUR ENEMY . . . believe me, I know mine! If you've ever battled squirrels, you're on my side. Sure, they LOOK cute and fluffy but they are devils and they destroy things. This summer, they've zeroed in on my sanctuary . . . my refuge . . . my gazebo.
Look closer . . . and you'll see what these evil creatures are doing . . .
They are shredding my gazebo screens!! This happened a few summers ago and by the time I found out, they had literally shredded two complete sides! I'm guessing they are gathering nesting material but they are gathering from the WRONG person. I did a bit of research and found lots of different suggestions for repelling squirrels and well, I decided that a multi-faceted approach was the way I would go. SO . . .
I read that they do not like strong scents like mint so since I have an abundance of mint, I spread pieces all around the deck. The next strong scent I added was good, old-fashioned mothballs tied up in pieces of panty hose.
To "spice things up" I sprinkled cayenne pepper all around the edges . . . and made a solution of hot pepper sauce and water which I sprayed on the deck as well.
And then for "good measure" I went the chemical route and soaked the screen with this critter repellent (Important side note: They really mean it when they say to not spray INTO the wind . . . I think the main component in this is pepper!)
And after all of this . . .
I came home yesterday to find this . . .
DRAT!!! Now I'm not giving up because it WAS just a few smaller holes so MAYBE once they got a mouthful, they decided they didn't like the taste?? I'm still not convinced this is going to work but early this morning I had another idea based on what they had done a few summers ago to one of my outdoor decorations.
I had made this cute, little banner to hang in front of the house but one day I came home and it was broken. I thought maybe the twine just broke but when I tried to tie it together, it appeared that some of the banner was actually MISSING?! The next day I came home -- only about 5 triangles were left!! I was TOTALLY baffled -- who would do this and WHY?? The answer came a year later when we trimmed a thick pine tree at the side of our house. Inside we found . . . you guessed it, pieces of my patriotic banner. SO, this led to my current day problem and I wondered, "What if I GAVE these little monsters some nesting material?" -- would they leave my gazebo alone? The result . . .
I didn't INTEND for this to be patriotic -- it's just that the tulle I had was blue, the fabric I didn't care about was red and I figured the fluffy batting might be appealing so I added that. I stapled it all onto an old bench by the bushes where these little varmints tend to congregate and I'm HOPING they say, "Gee . . . why don't we use this pretty stuff for our nest and not bother with that nasty tasting screen that smells".
SO, does anyone else have any ideas for me?? Have you ever battled these creatures and won??
To be continued . . .
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