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need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

I know porcupines love to chew plywood and T111 siding. I believe its the glue that attracts them. I may have a chance to buy a camp very close to mine that is near perfect for us but the porkys have destroyed the T111 siding. The place is too nice to cover with vinyl or aluminum. I'm thinking about the siding that looks like inch thick slabs from pine or hemlock logs. Am I correct in thinking it'll be less attractive to those porkys and does anyone know a good source near Tionesta or have a clue what it costs?

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Re: need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

I'm not sure about the siding you are looking for, but we had a box stand that was constantly getting chewed on by porkies. We replaced the OSB with new and mixed cayenne pepper into the stain. I don't remember the exact amount but it was enough to make it thick and hard to spread. They haven't touched it since.

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Re: need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

We bought our rough sawn hemlock from an amish mill on wolfs corner rd. in newmansville. We also got some bandsawn hemlock from a mill a little ways down the road. The porkys have not bothered it. The price was decent at both places.
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Re: need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

follow the porkies back to their dens. Shoot them. You are right about their being attracted to the glues. They also are attracted to salt or urine which is why they do in outhouses as much as they do. They also like hydraulic hoses, radiator hoses, wiring, radiator hoses on tractors and cars, especially if they have been driven on salt covered roads. I have also live trapped them using apples for bait.
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Re: need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

Thanks guys. I found the Amish mill on Wolfs Corners road. Actually two of them and the stuff is very reasonable. If I can make a deal on the place, I'll probably go that route. I love the look of that stuff. Made an offer. just waiting to hear back..............

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Re: need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

All my posts are treated. The porkys don't seem to bother them.

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Re: need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

Porkies and gray squirrels have been gnawin' on my camp since the year it was built. Even the pressure treated decks and railings, but mostly on the underside of the old cabin that's on piers and then the T-111 shed I built onto the back of the new part.

Squirrels nearly chewed one 2x4 leg off'n the redwood picnic table at camp some years ago and gnawed the heck out of the top, too. Not the edges, gouged the surface with their toofies. Coated it with some nasty oil based stain and they haven't bothered it since.

At one point the porkies had nearly chewed thru the front porch closet door, made from T-111. Covered that bottom area of the door with brown aluminum coil stock and the siding on the bottom of the shed with chicken wire, about three feet from the ground.

So they went back to gnawin' on the decks again. Then eventually they all disappeared, for some reason?

They leave my stuff alone, I leave them alone.

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Re: need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

If you have a stump a little distance from the camp, put a salt block on it. I did this and haven't had any trouble with porkies. They spend all their time gnawing on the stump once the salt leeches into it. I put a small block on it every spring.

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Re: need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

We buy hemlock yearly from the amish in wolfs corners.

Probably purchasing a shed from them soon too.

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Re: need some advice on dealing with porcupines.

You could also dump a bag of water softener on that stump, might dissolve faster and penetrate the stump.......
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