November 17, 2022 4 min read
If you live in the suburbs or a heavily wooded area, you may have seen some squirrels playing and frolicking in your yard. However, when these squirrels start chewing on your furniture, they can become a problem. As well as chewing on your rattan outdoor furniture, there are other ways in which they can harm you and your family. Squirrels can carry many deadly diseases such as rabies, leptospirosis, tularemia and salmonella is the most dangerous. These small animals can easily transmit diseases to humans and other animals. Therefore, below is a summary of methods and tips that will effectively help you to prevent squirrels from chewing on your patio furniture without harming them at the same time.
Causes of squirrels chewing your furniture：
Often squirrels will build their nests from leaves, twigs, animal fur and other natural materials. When they can't find these materials in the wild, they may decide to tear up your patio mat and steal the stuffing inside. They may also be looking for a warm, safe place to nest. Rather than chewing your patio furniture to eat it or help keep their teeth straight, they will gather the necessary sticks and other materials to make their nests. Your rattan garden furniture can be a good substitute for sticks and twigs they may find elsewhere and will nicely complement any nests they are currently building. So if you notice that a squirrel has chewed a hole in an outdoor cushion or pillow, make sure you check that no one is sleeping in it.
Ways to protect your furniture from squirrels：
There are many ways to stop squirrels from chewing on your rattan effect garden furniture. However, we recommend using a combination of these tips below to ensure success.
Remove attractants：The first and most helpful thing you can do to keep squirrels away from your rattan furniture is to remove anything that might attract them to your patio. These could be rubbish bins, food scraps, bird feeders, pet food bags etc. They may not be looking for your furniture, but squirrels have an excellent sense of smell and may chew on your furniture as they can smell fruit or snacks left on sofas and cushions. In addition, getting rid of them will also keep other insects such as gnats, spiders and wasps away from your home. If you do want to hang bird feeders in your yard, hang them far away from your patio furniture as they will attract squirrels.
Patio furniture covers：If you don't want to use products such as insect repellent, then consider investing in rattan garden furniture covers that may save you the trouble. Make sure you get a quality UV resistant durable cover that can be tightened under each rattan garden table and chairs so that the cover won't blow away in a storm. Furniture covers are an easy way to protect your rattan effect patio furniture from squirrel droppings and add an extra barrier to prevent them from tearing up your outdoor cushions and pillows. In addition, these covers will protect your furniture from rain, dust, dirt and snow. The weatherproof furniture cover will keep your outdoor furniture in good shape and ready for use.
Repellant Sprays：You can purchase squirrel-proof sprays to prevent rodents such as squirrels and chipmunks from chewing on your patio and rattan furniture sets. These sprays are designed to help make your patio less attractive and help to scare away squirrels and other small rodents. Squirrels have a very deft sense of smell and something that is formulated to smell like something that they do not like is going to repel them before they even get to your patio. These sprays are designed to be safe for pets, plants and are non-toxic, so they can be sprayed on almost anything to keep squirrels away. They are a great way to start trying to get rid of squirrels if you want something that is safe and doesn't require a lot of work or a very difficult process.
Ultrasound repellent devices：Today, ultrasonic pest repellent devices are becoming more and more common. You can use such devices to keep various animals away from certain parts of your yard. Essentially, these devices will use ultrasonic waves that humans cannot hear. These sounds are either annoying or frightening to squirrels, so they don't want to get too close to the device. You can place the ultrasonic devices near your yard so that the squirrels will stay away from your rattan style furniture. These devices are usually solar powered, which means that they will stay charged and active as long as they get a few hours of sunlight each day.
Trim branches: Branches can make it easy for squirrels to jump into your yard, so if you have any branches hanging in your yard, it's time to trim them. And be sure to cut branches off at least 5 feet, which is a good height to deter squirrels from jumping over.
Motion activated sprinklers：Motion activated sprinklers can be good for getting rid of squirrels if you are willing to set them up. These sprinklers will start spraying water whenever the sensor is running, which should do a good job of scaring away the squirrels. If they try to run onto your patio, then water will spray in their face. It will most likely make them run away and your sprinklers can keep watch for you while you are away. Setting up motion activated sprinklers can also help with other threats. Some people even use something like this to deter burglars and it works well.
As you can see you have many options to prevent squirrels from chewing on your rattan style garden furniture. You can combine several of these methods to get the best results and prevent squirrels and other rodents from taking over your yard. Whichever method you choose, make sure they are safe around your pets and children.
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