Squirrels Chewing Bark Of Maple Tree

Old 04-04-02, 05:41 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Exclamation Squirrels Chewing Bark Of Maple Tree

Since purchasing our house (four years ago) we have observed the squirrels chewing the bark off our lovely maple tree (it is as tall as our two storey house) located on our front lawn. My husband applied some special "paint" to protect the tree but the squirrels continue to attack the tree each summer. Initially I thought it might be due to the dry summer weather (squirrels sucking the moisture out of the soft interior layers of the trunk), but now I'm not so sure. I am concerned because in some spots the areas chewed almost encircle branches, and some areas are out of reach (high up the tree). I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and our location is very close to the river on a elevated spot with several neighbouring trees. Any insight appreciated.
Old 04-04-02, 06:50 AM
howiek's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Acton, Ontario, Canada - Zone 6b
Posts: 406
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
Hi cak

They do the same thing here in our parks - but mostly on Linden...

Maybe it's the flavour (notice the Canadian spelling? ) of the month...

I've also noticed they seem to have favourite trees where they roost, maybe it's like in Real Estate where location is everything...

Hope someone has some better answers than my ramblings...

Old 04-09-02, 04:08 AM
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: USA
Posts: 15,047
Upvotes: 0
Received 1 Upvote on 1 Post
Squirrel control

Squirrels tend to be territorial, so if you can trap and release them far from their territory you can reduce the squirrel population around your home. Ropel Liquid is an effective repellent, but lasts for only 2-3 months before needing reapplication. Although there is no scientific evidence to support that predator urine keeps animals away, many report that using it is effective when used around homes and trees. Rid-A-Critter is another recommended repellent. When treating trees, don't treat the first 3 feet as squirrels tend to jump up on the tree. Tree 3-9 feet of the tree where squirrels will walk. Trapping and releasing at least 10 miles from your home is the most effective approach. Using repellents will make it uncomfortable for them.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: