|Posted by Taylor on July 31, 2001 at 13:46:57:|
|In response to Re: Squirrels eating lead vent stack covers|
: Actualy Mr. Gordon may be closer to the cause than he knows. One of the causes (there are others)of animals (and people) suddenly developing a taste for weird food items is dietary deficiencies. The cravings are natures attempt to cure the deficincy. The process doesn't work that well sometimes and the cravings are for stuff that doesn't rectify the deficiency and may create other problems.
: Unfortunately, this doesn't really help solve the problem. It's not practical to feed the squirrels a vitamin and mineral supplement.
: : ::: Are you sure???? lead is just as bad for squirrels as it is for humans. They don't generaly bother it. lead stack covers generaly wear out at or near the top where they fold over the pipe. Rain, wind, dust, etc wear thru the lead in an irregular pattern. This could look like little teeth marks in some cases.
: : : : We have thousands of squirrels in my front yard (well maybe only hundreds) and they show no inclination to eat lead.
: : : : : Squirels are chewing up the seven lead vent stack covers on my house roof. It is not possible to prevent their access to the roof nor is repelant or any thing which has to be reaplied practical. I am due for a reroof and was wondering about copper or galvanized metal vent stack covers as replacements, or if I have to go with lead is there some kind of paint which may be effective. The vent pipes are cast iron and are 1.5 and 2 inch size.
I'm in the process of re-roofing my house now. The installers tell me that the squirrels have already nibbled around the rim of newly installed vents (less that a week old). Their activity if further evidenced by the tooth marks on an uninstalled vent sitting on a pallet in my driveway. The are clearly visible on the square flange.
I guess there is some consolation in knowing that they've found something other than the baseboard in my carport to chew upon.
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