A Squirrely Situation Out of Our Control

Real Estate Agent with UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA RS193539L

Opportunists, that's exactly what they are.  They find a niche and fill it.  They will take advantage. Efforts to correct the problem continue to be futile. Unless you accept them, the only thing that will be accomplished is the loss of a lot of money, stress, and ulcers.


Got trees? If yes you likely have a tree rat problem according to the lawn detective.   If you ever take notice when you see a squirrel, there are always trees nearby. Trees provide a squirrel protection, shelter, and the squirrel super-highway.


These little critters dig up bulbs in the landscape and find our garage an opportunity for dry housing. A birdfeeder often provides them a chance for a free and easy meal. A chimney is often seen as a place to raise their offspring in warmth and security.  A garden shed is an easy place to hide, but tease and torture the 160 pound Leonberger to the point of craziness.


Squirrel greyEven though they were here long before us, there is a humane way to eradicate the squirrels.  Create a distraction by hanging corn cobs from tree branches in a location away from the most sensitive areas of the lawn. A cob on either end of a 4 foot length of cord easily hangs itself on a tree limb when tossed up. With the dangling kernels being so difficult to reach, the squirrels have little energy left to go out to the other areas of the yard and leave the lawn alone. Their awkward antics are funny enough that the stripped grass in lawn almost becomes a secondary issue. While it is difficult to see the little holes in the yard, you have to think of it as not having to spend the money to have the yard aerated.



As Benjamin Franklin said, In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes …

 I would like to add “squirrels” since we can't control Mother Nature. She's a powerful force too.


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  Bette Brennan Gottwald, Realtor®, e-Proâ, RECS, CSP,
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Comments (20)

Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I never heard about this as a solution to squirrels. Interesting Bette.

Apr 14, 2015 10:04 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Bette, they are very creative and always seem to find a solution to get the food they desire.  Trying to mentally imagine how your cord and corn cob could keep the squirrels occupied.

Apr 14, 2015 10:26 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Bette Gottwald  wow that is a really cool way to find a solution to a squirrel problem

Apr 14, 2015 11:10 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Our treeline is about 100 feet from the back of the our house. When setting up the patio furniture this weekend I saw some nut shells near our back door. The squirrels were a long way from their trees. I sure hope I don't find any damage when I look closer.

Apr 14, 2015 11:27 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

I always get a kick out of bit rodents, squirrels included - on many of my hikes I'm harrassed by hungry chipmunks & marmots...as you say, they're right there with death and taxes.

Apr 14, 2015 12:29 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Howdy Bette,

    I have seen some great videos on squirrels getting to food that was set somewhere you would bet a million dollars there was no way in the world for them to reach it.  It may have taken more than one try but they always do.  Mark

Apr 14, 2015 02:22 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Squirrels do a lot of damage in our neighborhood gardens and they are persistent raiders of bird feeders.

Apr 15, 2015 02:49 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Noah, the corn cob tip actually works, but we have about 20 regulars here.

Apr 15, 2015 08:09 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Bruce, regarding the rope and cob tip, it actually tires them out.

Apr 15, 2015 08:10 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Hannah, it isn't a solution but it tires them out and is quite entertaining.

Apr 15, 2015 08:12 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Debbie, just make certain there are no opportunities for them to get inside your home

Apr 15, 2015 08:16 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

John, there isn't a whole lot you can do to deter them, so you might as well let them humor you.

Apr 15, 2015 08:17 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Mark, To have some of the intelligence of a squirrel, like Houdini of course.

Apr 15, 2015 11:15 PM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

It's interesting Roy Kelley , we mainly feed the Bluebirds mealworms, which most neighbors don't, but the squirrels don't seem to have any desire to hang out in their feeding area.  Do you suppose it's because the Bluebirds have a huge Leonberger protecting them or their lack of taste for mealworms?

Apr 15, 2015 11:19 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 That is a great solution and funny. I would have never thought of it!

Apr 16, 2015 11:13 AM
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

Squirrels can be very annoying. . . honestly there are times I am glad my cat's natural instincts have kicked in. . . that said I never knew there were ways to distract them.  Thank you Bette.  Enjoy the gorgeous weekend we have on tap!

Apr 17, 2015 06:00 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Bette Gottwald ,  We have a resident squirrel in the neighborhood.  We won't have any problem findind corn in this area.  I'll give it a try.

Apr 26, 2015 02:26 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Bette, this sounds like a good way to distract these little pests.

May 09, 2015 01:23 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Bette-I will have to give that a try. Darn squirrels have done so much damage and broke a number of feeders by jumping on them and breaking plus they even chewed thru plastic garbage cans to get at food that was in there. I am not a fan at all of them.

Sep 03, 2015 10:52 AM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Bette Gottwald 

Hard to rid yards of the antics of squirrels. We used to have them but they have moved on as I guess they didn't like our rockscape landscaping and the removal of our citrus trees. I like your article as our squirrels are protected and no one wants to think of more severe methods.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Have a happy and safe holiday season!

Nov 26, 2015 05:46 AM

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