Understanding Garden Pest Control

I still remember when I planted my first garden. I was so excited to get started that I completely overlooked the massive pest problem brewing in my yard. Unfortunately, as soon as I planted my crops, I was confronted with the harsh realities of pests munching through all of my veggies. It was devastating, but I knew that I needed to make things right. I decided to contact a professional exterminator to see if he could help. He came out, checked out the pests that were plaguing the area, and treated the earth with the right pesticides. I made this website to help you to understand garden pest control, so that you can reap your harvest.

How To Keep Squirrels From Eating Through Your Window Screens


Squirrels running around in your back yard can be cute. However, squirrels that try to eat and/or chew through your window screens and window sill are not quite as cute. If your local squirrels have moved from playing in your yard to playing on your window sill, here are a few things you can do to address the problem. 

Understand The Squirrel's Motivation

There are a few different reasons why your local squirrels may have started to gnaw on your window sill or break through your window screen. Squirrels often gnaw on wood to floss their teeth. They may also be doing these things because they are hungry, and they smell something they want to eat coming from inside of your home.  Or, if you hang bird feeders by your windows, the squirrels may be trying to get into that valuable food source. 

Clean Away Their Scent

The first thing you need to do is remove the squirrels' scent from around your window. Squirrels leave behind a specific scent, and they come back to areas where they have been before. Their scent could also attract additional squirrels to the area.

Take a pressure washer and wash the entire side of your house where the squirrels have been gathering. You should use the pressure washing on the siding surrounding your windows, not on the windows themselves. You should hand-wash the windows in order to remove the squirrel's scent and get the best wash possible. However, if you want to get the job done quickly, you can use your pressure washer on your windows. If you choose to pressure wash your windows, be sure to turn your pressure washer to the lowest setting, use a wide spray pattern, and stand back as far as possible from your windows. These precautions should help you avoid cracking or damaging your windows from the pressure washer.  

Alternatively, you can use your hose to clean the exterior of your home and your windows or you can clean the siding and windows with a bucket of soapy water and a brush by hand. 

Use a natural cleaning to really clean your house and windows. You should also purchase an enzymatic cleaner from your local pet store and put it inside of the cleaning bottle on your pressure washer. Enzymatic cleaners are specifically designed to remove animal odors. If you use a bucket of soap and water to clean your siding and windows, be sure to follow up with some enzymatic cleaner. 

Remove Food Sources

If you hang bird feeders near your windows, consider moving them further away. Instead of putting bird feeders next to your house, and inviting both the birds and squirrels to get close and personal with you, hang bird feeders in the trees in your yard. if you don't have any trees where you can place bird feeders, purchase a bird feeding post that you can place in the ground for your bird feeders. 

Next, don't leave food sitting near your windows. Move any fruit bowls or food that you normally keep near your windows to a different area of your kitchen. This will help stop those tempting and tasty smells from wafting out of your window and enticing the local squirrels. 

Change The Smell

Finally, change how your window area smells. Most rodents are repelled by the smell of peppermint. You can purchase peppermint oil and rub it on your window sill and window screen to repel the squirrels away, or put a peppermint plant in or under the window where they like to gather.

Squirrels are also not fond of the smell or taste of hot peppers. You can purchase a hot pepper spray and use it around your window sill and screen. If the squirrels continue to try to chew and gnaw on your window still and screen, they should be put off by the bad taste.

By implementing the tips above, you should be able to discourage the local squirrel population from hanging out and bothering your windows. Contact a business, such as All Seasons Pest Control, for more information.   


22 February 2016