Chipmunks or mice are eating my outdoor furniture cushions
We have furniture on our back porch with upholstered cushions. It's been there for a couple of years, but this is the first year we've had this problem. We had the furniture covered over the winter and, when we removed the cover in the spring, found that a hole had been chewed in one of the cushions. We cover the furniture when we are not using it, and today found that the original hole is bigger and there is a new hole in another cushion on the same piece of furniture. Do you have any suggestions that will keep the animals from destroying my furniture (replacement of the cushions will probably be about $200) without causing any other damage?
Montgomery County Maryland
The furniture cover is providing a safe covered space for rodents to hide from predators. The second photo looks like they were eating a nut or something there and leaving droppings (mouse is rice-sized). They are chewing the fabric for nesting material probably.
This time of year, leave the furniture uncovered as much as possible, even when not in use. That should take care of most of the problem.
In the winter, you may need to take the cushions into the house.
You could also try placing a mouse-trap under the cover (propped up loosely enough that the trap can function). Bait with peanut butter. A sprinkling of bird seed can help, too.
Here is our mouse page with tips: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/mice
Thank you very much!