Wednesday, 22 February 2017


I know many of you like squirrels but I am not fond of them. They dig out my bulbs and now they have been gnawing the holes in my birdhouses.  I forgot to take a 'before' picture but on this house the hole was a good 4 inches across necessitating a new front on the birdhouse. DH dealt with the gnawing problem by buying pocket door 'handles' and drilling a 1 1/8 inch hole in the middle.  They were 2 in a pack at Habitat ReStore for 2 dollars. Too bad there was only one pack left.

For this house he used a large  homemade washer  which doesn't look as nice but will do the trick.

Apparently the squirrels will use any larger sized birdhouse to raise their young in. They won't bother smaller houses. In any case, they won't be nesting in my back yard.

Thanks for visiting today.  If you leave a comment I'll know you came by.

Granny Marigold


  1. I don't like squirrels either!!!

    Greedy things! Eat the bird's food. Crash down bird feeders.

    Bahhhh-humbug... So there!!!!


    But really, I don't like squirrels.

    Plus, I can never remember how to spell the word!

    Grumble, grumble, grumble...

    So, I'm with you!

    And hooray for foiling them!!!!!!!! >,-)

  2. I like to see the squirrels scurrying along the fence, I would probably feel differently if they were damaging my birdhouses. Your DH has done a great job on prevention of further damage.

  3. Hmm, I wonder if the birds will mind the metal? A squirrel is a rare sight in our yard, although one did find the bird feeder near the end of last winter, and I've seen it once or twice this year.

  4. We will be stealing these ideas--the squirrels around here have chewed up every birdhouse we own. Thanks for the great ideas!

  5. Wow, great idea G.M! I will let my neighbour know about your idea. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a good solution! We have squirrels gnaw big holes and take over two bird houses a long time ago. We haven't seen them do it lately, but our current bird houses are small.

  7. I haven't had trouble with squirrels damaging our birdhouses but they do make an awful mess of our feeders and chase the birds away. They are pests!