Nasty Squirrels

Paul B

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Last year squirrels got under my solar panels and ate through my roof shingles and the tar paper. They also ate completely through a bunch of the copper cables forcing me to remove some of the panels and re wire most of the system.

I repaired the roof and replaced the cables. Then I installed gutter guard which you are supposed to put on your gutters to prevent leaves from clogging the things.


This week I noticed a squirrel on my roof and he was snarling at me. I didn't realize squirrels could snarl but this guy looked like a wolf and I am sure if he was bigger, he would have taken off my leg and fed it to his young. I was worried that he found a way through my steel mesh so I went up there today to check it out. (In two days I am having some hand surgery and won't be able to get up there for at least three weeks.) So I climb up on the roof expecting to see that the squirrel found a way to get through my defenses. But he didn't.
Instead, he was trying to eat through the aluminum roof vent. He managed to make two holes in each vent and if I didn't find it, eventually he would have gnawed all the way through and gotten into my attic. Here it is after I closed the hole. You can see his teeth marks all over the thing.

Now I screwed guttar guard around the top of the roof vents. They really hate that and seem to have a problem gnawing through that stuff.
They must think they are dealing with an amateur. :cool:
 

Klewis

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Normal squirrels don't snarl, he turned into Franken squirrel after he chewed through your photovoltaic DC line.. I'm surprised he came back for more...
 

BioMan

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I just read up on this, because Im having trouble with groundhogs making my lawn look like one of those pop up games from a carnival, and apparently these rodents, squirrels, groundhogs,woodchucks, etc... LOVE to trim their teeth by chewing on this stuff so its win-win for them. that gutter guard prob makes them hurt their teeth. now they've got to find somewhere else to file their choppers down,,,,have you tried any of those sonic deterrents? Im about to pick some up and looking into the research right now.
 

Paul B

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I don't think Sonic deterrents will do anything except maybe make them dance.
I am going to try to ruin their credit rating or just use racial slurs. I may say something like: "Hey you squirrel! Your Mother was a Rodent" :cool:
 

BioMan

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I don't think Sonic deterrents will do anything except maybe make them dance.
I am going to try to ruin their credit rating or just use racial slurs. I may say something like: "Hey you squirrel! Your Mother was a Rodent" :cool:
.... You're trying the Republican approach I see.... Lol it'll work but you'll have racoon's and skunks protesting.
 

jcono

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Paul, that's crazy! What's next, throwing up graffiti? Empty liquor bottles all over the rooftop? Seriously, good use of the gutter guard. Hope it works...
 

Kworker

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We just had raccoons hanging out under ours last night.. No damage though. Probably just to get out of the rain for a bit.
 

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