01:43PM | 02/27/05
Member Since: 02/26/05
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Recently my husband installed snap-on gutter covers because we live on a very wooded property. Shortly after the installation, we noticed that a very pesty squirrel was not happy with the covers. He/she removes one of the corner covers with its teeth by hanging from the roof and then maneauvers it off the gutter from the top of the roof with its legs. After the first segment of the gutter cover lands in our court year, the squirrel gets under the other covers and pushes them off. Other than getting back up on the ladder to bolt in the first gutter cover (he broke his ankle recently while on the ladder), how can we deter the squirrel?

Jim D

11:02PM | 03/01/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
345 lifetime posts
Nanalee - hi, you may need to get out the ladder and determine why the squirrel's being so persistent in getting into your gutters. Hopefully, it's not built its nest up there, started building its stash of winter food, or found a way into your attic/crawl space for nesting via the gutter system.

When I pulled up your question, along the left side of the web page are sponsored ads. The very first one is for some sort of squirrel deterrent - it says, "Why bother with traps and poisons?" The website URL is " - it may be worth a look-see.

Otherwise, there may be some other methods you can use (e.g., mothballs, human or cat hair, etc. - and I'm only guessing here!) if you can locate some of those popular "handyman gardener" books by people like Jerry Baker. Good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA


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