Posted by Andy on 14:02:47 10/20/2016 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: What size hardware cloth to block openings? posted by John Fasoldt on 11:30:24 8/8/2015 from 126.96.36.199:
It's been a while, so I thought I'd give you an update.
I installed the hardware cloth, 1/4" 23 gauge, on all of the soffits, and any other nearby surface where a flying squirrel could possibly enter.
There were also open spaces at the outside top edge of each dormer, where the roofer didn't bother to finish in the ends of the ridge vents. I also made up screen covers for those, and nailed/stapled them in.
So far, after about a year, we haven't had a single squirrel return!
It's amazing how quiet it now is, and how much safer I feel now that they're no longer coming and going.
They had chewed through the wiring in several placed, effectively disconnecting 3 or four outlets. I was always concerned they were going to start a fire with their chewing, nut no need to worry about that any more.
I can't say I miss the slapping of wires, and running noises!
Thank you so much for all of your detailed and accurate help. You do everyone a great service with this board!
Next project to tackle-- carpenter ants! Next time I post, I'll tell you about the 3' x 25' wall they totally chewed apart, along with the destroyed 2x12s!
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Here's a link to more squirrel removal information and pictures from Rid-A-Critter, an Atlanta animal control company.
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