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Ideas please..squirrels
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KellyGa    Posted 03-20-2004 at 10:33:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well...I knew better, but I used poultry netting, the plastic kind, and it looks real nice, BUT...

the squirrels are out in force, and one chewed through it like wet tiolet paper, and got in. He forgot how to get out for a few minutes, but I was waiting to see how he managed to get in, and he showed me.

So...I am going to have to put up chicken wire after all. That really bites, considering I took all that time to put up the poultry netting, not to mention all the staples.

I would rather find a way of keeping them away. I know y'all got plenty of ideas, so let em fly.

I am going to a birthday party with SHelby, and I will be back about 6, I hope. I will chekc back then.

Thanks ahead of time. Oh, do you think those plastic owls will work? My mama has one I can borrow, if you think it will work. I have the havahart trap, but there are so many squirrels, I would be trapping from now on. I can't shoot them, against the city rules. Tip can run them off if we see them out in the yard. She may have a full time job before its over with.

What do y'all think? Help me out here.


TB    Posted 03-20-2004 at 17:56:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kelly. Not sure what the problem is (I missed it)but it sounds like you have an over population problem. Here is a recipe that works great for me when that happens.

BBQ Squirrel

6-10 squirrels,cut up
32 oz.Ketchup
16 oz. Water
1 Tbsp.season all
10 oz. Light kero syrup
8 oz. Brown suger
2 small onions quartered
Combine all ingredients in a large roaster. Cover and bake at 300 degrees for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. This can be cooked on top of stove by cooking in covered pot on medium heat for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

It is good eating too.


deadcarp    Posted 03-20-2004 at 16:15:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
i had a different problem, a squirrel started chewing up my gunny sacks with cracked corn in them. So i finally stitched a ground wire around the sack, hung it up and rigged the elecric fencer up. He got bit once when his tail hit the suspended hot wire, never came back. Even they can be trained. Maybe you could set up a similar reminder for them. :)


KellyGa    Posted 03-20-2004 at 20:40:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did think about an electric fence job. They are just such bad little critters, they will kill themselves trying to get to what they want! I have resigned myself to rewire tomorrow morning. So I am off to bed. nighty night.


Michael M    Posted 03-20-2004 at 13:14:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Contrary to what you will likely hear about me, this is not ALWAYS my solution to a problem, but...
I would shoot them. Air rifle will do a squirrel nicely at a reasonable range, and four or five of them make a fair side dish. Squirrel gravy and eggs is good. If you can get away with it, a .22 rimfire is the berries.
I had a similar infestation several years ago. Granted, my nearest neighbor is better than a mile away. I used to sit on the deck in the morning's with a cup of coffee and my antique .22 Marlin Golden Trigger lever action and practice headshots on the little tree rats. Chipmunks were fair game too.
OK, enough non-PC advice from me. I am off to Old John's for dinner tonight. Have fun.
Heh, he won't shoot nothing neither.


Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-20-2004 at 11:01:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm thinking just a little encouragement is in order here. I think's you did a real fine job on the plastic mess instalation. All's not lost considering the value of practice makes perfect.
Keep up the good works. Make us all proud. lol without shame.
LY


Chicken Wire    Posted 03-20-2004 at 10:46:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was wondering how the plastic mesh was going to hold up when I read that you were using it. I'd say to use the chicken wire and be done with it. If I had that many squirrels, I'd have to give them some little green treats (Rat poison)in a feeder all of their own. Or I'd practice target shooting with a good high-powered low noise pellet gun, plus put up the chicken wire. The only thing that plastic mesh is good for is keeping animals and people off the lawn after seeding it!

RY


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