As I mentioned before, when the weather gets very cold, the Saint Louis Friends (Quaker) meeting house is a warming shelter for homeless folks. And it seems that we are a warming shelter for squirrels as well.
They have chewed through a couple of the window sills, gotten into the walls, and in a couple rooms chewed through drywall to get to the stored food, or just a warmer place to spend the winter. This is not the first year this has occurred. So I checked with our pest management company who monthly sprays for roaches, mice, spiders. They do not treat for squirrels, nor guarantee that squirrels will not invade, whatever treatments they do. [Oh for the days that I lived in the country and the coyotes would eat cats, lambs, baby pigs…oh…wait…and human toddlers…I rescind my longing for “the good old days.”]
Anyhoo…I have been working on a compassionate squirrel management plan that does not involve electric wire around the perimeter of the building. The pest management technician [who does not wish to be named] says that moth balls are an effective treatment because the squirrels do not like the scent. Hmmm. Duh. Nobody likes the scent of mothballs. Also, said pest management technician told me not to leave the moth balls around indefinitely due to them being carcinogenic. So.
I devised this ingenious contraption of a plastic netting to hold the moth balls, on a long string to lower it into the wall where the squirrels have set up residence.
And I apologize that I did not remember to take a photo of the window sill after I had blocked the squirrel access with 2 separate 2 x 4″ wood studs and then covered the entire window with plastic sheeting to keep the rain out of the wall. And taped it with some white Duct tape leftover from one of my kid’s projects.
But the next day…..The. Next. Day. The squirrels had chewed through all of my interventions. Sigh.
So, who is up for an electrification of the border?…..Oh, wait…that is not a Quakerly way. Because the light of God is in all of us. Including destructive squirrels. Suggestions?