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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Hillsdale, NY United States

    Default Squirrel problem- is block salt the answer?

    Doing my usual fall 3/16 line fixing with some replacements this week. Squirrels have chewed my lines to a frazzle
    in some places.
    Since everyone thinks this is due to a craving for salt, I bought small cow salt blocks and will put them close but not
    near my problem lines. As a bovine vet, I saw cattle eat dirt and lick wood to get minerals and salt so maybe this
    will help.
    Interested in your opinions and will keep you posted on my results.
    Doc Beneke

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Nashville, MI


    Hey Doc,
    I take care of my squirrels with my 22. Of course it helps that I really like squirrel stew. Knock on wood I have never had them chew on anything I have had up, so far.
    This will be my first year with 3/16 lines so we'll see what happens. I'll still reduce the population this fall.
    2004 - 2012 2x3 flat pan 25 to 60 taps
    2012 2x3 new divided pan w/draw off 55 taps
    2018 - didn't boil surgery - bought new evaporator
    2019 new SML 2x4 raised flue high output evap. 65 taps
    made 17 gal syrup
    2020 - only put out 53 taps - made 16.25 gal syrup
    2021 - going for 50 bags and 50 on tubing

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Center, Underhill Ctr, VT


    We prefer to get them via lead poisoning....high velocity, copper-jacketed lead.
    Dr. Tim Perkins
    UVM Proctor Maple Research Ctr

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Granville, PA


    I agree with Dr. Tim.

    The problem is that there is no end of them. You get rid of 25 and there are 30 migrating to take there place.
    Minehart Gap Maple

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Rumney NH


    well, it is hunting season. i use corn for bait and pick off those little buggers with my 22. a salt block might work too.
    2017 140 taps 30x8 12x16 shack 28.5 gal
    2018 158 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 44 gal
    2019 223 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 36 gal
    2020 226 taps 30x8 12x16 shack with 8x8 kitchen 250 waterloo ro 63 gal

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Essex VT


    About 12 years ago, I was having a major problem with red squirrels chewing 5/16 lines and main lines at my sugar house woods. My son and a friend volunteered to give me a hand with shooting the squirrels with pellet guns. My sugar house is in an area of town that is a no shooting zone. In 2 and a half weeks they shot 93 squirrels. That put an end to 98% of my squirrel chews. Since that time, I have used peanut butter baited rat traps to keep the red squirrel population under control. I keep the rat traps in 3 different areas of my woods with more conifers. I get one every now and then, just enough to hardly ever have any squirrel chews. Kind of a pain keeping the traps baited, but I just visit them every now and then and renew the bait and possibly empty a body.

    The strange thing about my squirrel issue at my sugar house woods is that at my newer 7 year old remote woods 4 miles away on about 40 acres with 2,300 taps, is that I have literarily had 2 or 3 squirrel chews in all that time. And there is quite a big population of red squirrels in those woods. Must not be in their DNA to chew poly. However to make up for no squirrel problems, I have fishers and deer that chew 200-300 drops and a lot of 5/16 lines every season. During last seasons repair, I used 160-170 coupling on chewed or chopped off lines.

    2004- 470 taps on gravity and buckets
    2006- 590 taps on gravity and buckets 300 gph RO
    2009- 845 taps on vacuum no buckets, 600 gph RO
    2010- 925 taps on vacuum new 2 stage vacuum pump
    2014- 3045 taps on vacuum, new 1200 gph RO
    2015- 3104 taps on vacuum
    2017- 3213 taps on vacuum
    3' x 10' oil fired evaporator with steamaway

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Williston, VT


    I have a few squirrel incidents but it's manageable. I think it's partly due to a good balance of predators to prey. We have at least 2 foxes and several barred owls and hawks too.

    Earlier this year we saw a fox carrying 2 squirrels. That's a good hunter and it beats setting traps!
    Ken & Sherry
    Williston, VT

    2017 - 13 gallons on 65 taps (12 buckets, rest 3/16), 2x4 flat bottom, modified cargo box sugarhouse
    2018 - 90 gallons on 418 taps (gravity lines), Leader 30"x10' Vortex Arch & Max Raised Flue with Rev Syrup Pan, New Sugarhouse
    2019 - Burned through alot more money: heated kitchen, 2x2,000 and 375 gal ss sap tanks, CDL1200 RO, Bauch Vac Pump, More taps, etc., etc., etc.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Arcade ny


    I too have had squirrel problems we got a lot of hickory and beech. I’ve taking out hemlock to open up crowns. And because of that the red squirrel are homeless. And I got 3 sharp Australian Shepherds that get a few here and there when in the bush. The little wolf pack is relentless.
    2019:250 gallons
    2020:324 gallons

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