It’s the first warm day of the year. You finally drag yourself outdoors, grabbing your trusty hammock as you step out into the sun.
Back in your favorite spot, you steal a few minutes of meditation on the ropes before life pulls you back inside.
But the next time you’re able to make it to the backyard, you’re horrified to discover your hammock hanging oddly, no longer suspended by the same tightly woven rope it once was. The squirrels have had their way, and made off with your little slice of paradise.
It’s a tough situation. The squirrels intentions are innocent enough: they want fibers for nests in which to make squirrel babies, which will in turn want nests of their own. Your hammock, as it turned out, was the low-hanging fruit they found most nest-worthy, and now you’re out one of your favorite spots to unwind.
So what’s the solution?
If you’re an individual prone to extremes, you might consider building a hammock from steel fibers, sacrificing comfort for the assurance that no squirrel will ever bother your hammock again. But that could set off an arms race with catastrophic results. You don’t want to challenge Mother Nature. She’ll get ya.
More practical courses of action? Contact a nearby pest control company for the best localized advice on keeping squirrels out of your yard. They’ll know best how to deal with the critters around your location.
Always opt for humane forms of prevention whenever possible:
1. Station a wind chime nearby. The sound could keep timid foragers from coming in the area around your hammock.
2. If you’re hanging your hammock between two trees, consider purchasing a hammock stand and moving your hammock closer to your home.
3. Consider hiring a few hammock body guards (but BE SELECTIVE):
4. We’ve also found that hammocks made from DuraCord, a synthetic polyester blend of rope, tend to be less appealing to rodents. While still as soft as cotton on the skin, the fibers are denser and far more difficult for rodents to chew through.
5. Fabric Hammocks are another great option, because they offer fewer vulnerable ropes for critters to gnaw on:
Bottom line: The easiest way to critter-proof your hammock is simply to bring it inside when not in use. A little bit annoying, but far less than having to replace a squirrel-chewed hammock. Not to mention it’s just about the only way to prevent this: