First it was squirrels trying to eat my porch. Just recently it's pileated woodpeckers trying to drill into my house! While I don't plan on killing the woodpeckers I will scare them off with my BB pistol. As for the squirrels I have purchased a pellet rifle with a scope (don't laugh). I figure if I can get enough of them with it it just might keep them away. They are so stupid, though, they just might come back for more. When I asked my critter guy what causes the squirrels to gnaw on the porch he said it was due either to stress or over population. I have noticed that they are smaller this year. Heaven knows they have enough hickory nuts to feed them and the oak trees supplied acorns. Of course there's a rivalry for the acorns with the deer. The woodpeckers haven't been back, so far, after I fired my BB pistol in their general direction. Guess they may have more brains than the squirrels.
Oh, the joys of home ownership.
Y'all have a beautiful day and remember.....it is what it is.