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Does anyone know how to keep squirrels from gnawing and chewing on the  ends of the logs at our log home?

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Comment by Tim and Anita Dyer on January 20, 2012 at 5:04pm

We had squirrels climbing on our porches and I put out a squirrel feeder and salt.   They haven't been on the porch since.

Comment by Kevin Piatz on January 9, 2012 at 1:12pm

Hi Linda,

Often squirrels are trying get in your house where it's warm or to extract the salts that are in your logs. Sometimes the sodium salts are in your logs because of bleaching or borate treating. One way to stop the animals from trying to get the salt is to go to your local hardware or feed store and purchase a couple of salt licks and leave them out on your property. Often the animals will stop chewing on your logs and start using the licks to get their nutrients. It's a lot easier for them and much easier on your logs.

Another thing you can try is Bitrex, a very bitter substance added to household products to keep small children from drinking them. One specific bitrex product that you can use is called Ropel, which is available online from Nixalite. Here is a link; Ropel

If you use the Ropel it is recommended that you do not mix it in with your stain or topcoat but rather use it as a topical solution. It is not compatible with most finishes and topcoats.

Good luck!

- Kevin, PCS Redmond

Comment by Raymond Wengerd on January 8, 2012 at 7:17pm

Try NBS30, it's a green, scent repellant.

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