Solutions to Stop Bark Stripping
- Isolated trees or groups of trees
- Wrap tree trunks with 24" (or greater) aluminum flashing at least 6 feet off ground to prevent climbing. See picture at right. Note how flashing is used on trunk to reduce climbing access. Photo by Stephen
M. Vantassel. Place 1/4-inch shives between tree and flashing to
prevent mold development.
- Wrapping 3 rows of porcupine wire spaced with tines 2 inches apart may also prevent squirrel climbing. Be sure the porcupine wire is at least 8 feet off the ground to prevent people from accidental impalement.
- Remove or modify all bird feeders.
- Limited value. Taste repellents can be effective to stop squirrel gnawing on a particular spot. Read label to see if tree would be harmed.
Check state laws before instituting a
squirrel control program.
A wide variety of traps can be used to control squirrels, including, cage traps, box traps, bodygripping traps, and specialty traps such as Kania and Tunnel Traps. Learn how to use traps properly by consulting
- .22 caliber guns, air rifles, and shotguns provide effective methods of population control in areas where safe and legal. Consult local authorities before initiating any shooting activities. Note: many communities now treat air-rifles as firearms.