Good Questions: Dealing With Delinquent Squirrels?

Good Questions: Dealing With Delinquent Squirrels?

Aaron Able
Jun 29, 2009

Dear Apartment Therapy, I came home yesterday to discover that my apartment had been broken into…BY EVIL SQUIRRELS! We've spent months becoming *ahem* familiar, these squirrels and I (read: they have been peeping Toms, always catching me at my most exposed moments), but I never thought their perverse glances were a sign of malicious intent. Turns out I was wrong, and now I need your help!...

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My basement bachelor apartment only has two windows, one of which has a newly chewed squirrel-sized hole in the screen. I understand the easy solution is to keep the windows shut, but I love the breeze and the heat, and Ottawa, Ontario only gets so many days of nice weather to enjoy.

I've taken the first steps to remove any food within sight that may be enticing their delinquent ways. I know my landlord won't bother with live traps, and I'll be lucky if I can convince him to use a stronger screen in the windows. So now I am looking to the Apartment Therapy community to offer their tried and true DIY squirrel repellents for a girl on a budget and an aversion to anything that will create too much of a stink. I want to be able to keep my windows open and not have the 'eau du mothballs' scent waft in. Thanks!


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