Keep Squirrels Away From Your Windows & Out Of Your House

Posted on: 3 February 2016

Squirrels can be very persistent and aggressive once they decide that your house is somewhere they want to hang out. If you have squirrels hanging out by your windows and breaking through your window screens to get into your house, you need to take some preventive actions to scare the squirrels away and convince them that your house is not where they should be hanging out. 

The Reasons Your Home Is Appealing

Squirrels try to get into your house for a couple of reasons. More often than not, they are driven to get inside of your house because they see it as either a good source of shelter or as a potential source of food. Often, when squirrels are hanging out by your windows, it is because they smell food and want to come inside. 

Make Your Home Smell Unappealing

You can scare away the squirrels by changing how your house smells on the outside. Squirrels and most other small rodents do not like the smell of peppermints. You can purchase peppermint oil from the baking section of your local grocery store. Put the peppermint oil on a cotton ball or inside a spray bottle and spray your screen and the side of your house with peppermint oil. This strong smell should mask any good smells coming from your house. You can also grow some peppermint plants outside of your windows or place peppermint plants next to your windows inside of your house.

Change How Your Home Tastes

Squirrels also do not like the taste of hot peppers. You can purchase hot pepper wax and spray it on your window sill. If the squirrels try to gnaw through your window or window screen, they will encounter the taste of hot taste of peppers. This should stop most squirrels.

You may have to reapply the hot pepper wax spray until your local squirrels learn that your window screen is not a place for them to chew. However, after a few attempts, most squirrels will learn their lesson and give up. 

Reinforce Your Window

Finally, if the squirrels will not leave your window alone, you can reinforce your window. You can purchase hardware cloth to cover your screens with. It is a heavy gauge wire mesh that is a lot stronger than your screen, while still having the same look as your screen. You can staple it down to the outside of your screen, or you can remove the mesh that is currently in your screen and replace it with hardware cloth. It should be thick enough that any squirrel that tries will not be able to easily eat through it and get into your house.

You can also purchase a strip of stainless steel that runs the length of your window and is at least a couple of inches high. You can then hammer the length of stainless steel right below your window. The squirrels will no longer be able to sit on your window still and will slide off when they try to attach your screen.

If you have some squirrels that keep trying to get into your house through the screen on your windows, try one of the three tricks above to scare them away from your windows and your home. 

You may also want to contact a pest control service such as Aloha Termite Kauai Inc.