Solutions to Stop Bark Stripping

Habitat ModificationFlashing applied to tree to prevent squirrel access. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel.

  • 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.



Legal concerns before initiating a squirrel control program  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 spBack Yark Wildlife Squirrel Control Videoecialty 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.


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