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One of my Canadian customers is having a terrible time with squirrels chewing through his string lights which are on display year-round. I'm looking for non-lethal suggestions to keep these furry critters on a wire-free diet. Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

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Ernie,

Thanks for the idea. I would not have thought of "appeasement" as a successful tactic against these small, furry, wire-eating critters. Bribery had not crossed my mind either (I wonder what the ethical considerations should be regarding bribing such an elusive enemy).

Additional thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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I don't know if it works for squirrels or not, but the pet supply stores have stuff called bitter apple that you can spray on whatever. It tastes really bad to dogs to keep them from chewing on things. Might work for squirrels too.

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"I'm looking for non-lethal suggestions"

Non - Lethal to you or the squirrels?:D

Sorry in advance of this comment...

I say shoot them;) If you feel bad then eat them too:eek:

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We have been using rubber snakes for about 18 years. You just have to move them about once a week or so. This way the squirrels do not get use them not moving. This does work proven year after year. We buy them at Dollar Tree. We put three snakes in each tree. Three dollars wort of rubber snakes protect 60,000 light per tree.

Bobby

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Brian that's great really like that idea now i know where the got the word flying squirrels

Blair

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That video compilation still has me laughing. I haven't laughed this much in a while.

The snake suggestion was also good (and possibly a bit more practicle).

Many thanks. Please keep the suggestions coming in if possible.

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Someone just passed me a virtual note mentioning that sprinkling blood-based fertilizer around the bushes and trees would keep the furry critters away. Anyone have experience with this? I did not know blood-based fertilizers existed.

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