‘Tis the season for holiday lights! But it can be quite upsetting to look out your window to find your lights are no longer lighting up a cold winter night. It’s even worse to find that a blub or strand is out, or the wires are severed and beyond repair. The most likely culprit of the damage? Squirrels, mice and rabbits!
Here’s some tips from the City of Plano on how you can prevent pesky critters from ruining your holiday lights.
Sprinkle Powdered Pepper
Get out your pepper shaker to deliver a light dusting to your holiday lights. This spicy dusting helps animals quickly realize your lights are not a tasty treat. Note, it is not recommended to spray lights with pepper spray as the liquid can cause other damage.
Place Powerful Scents Nearby
Scents like peppermint, citrus, citronella and mint often repel these small critters. Many of these scents can be found in common household items like the mouthwash in your bathroom cabinet or purchased at your local grocery store as an essential oil. Avoid directly applying any liquids to your lights, instead wet cotton balls and place them along the path of your lights. Be sure to pick up the cotton when you put away your holiday lights!
Make Your Yard Inhospitable
Set up motion sensor lights or an owl decoy to guard your holiday lights. This will scare off small critters and keep them from coming near your lights.
Don’t Invite Them In
Make it so squirrels and other small critters don’t want to stay in your yard. This means removing food sources such as bird feeders and pet food. Also, remove ground covers like any brush. Squirrels love to burrow in these areas because they provide easy shelter from potential predators.