Squirrels attacking my tomatoes. Even eating the green ones. Tried
mothballs. Yeah right. Trapped and released one. Two more showed up
this am. any ideas ASAP. I haven't had a ripe tomato in a week and I've
got 15 plants.
I tried hot pepper powder to keep the squirrels out of the bird feeders.
Dangs things sat bold upright and laughed their butts off at me
"while" munching on the newly flavored seed!
I bought 2 Pestacators (sp) and one ultrasonic device for in the house
for a rodent problem. The Pestacators plug into the wall and make a
pulsing with the wires (?) and the ultrasonic device emits noise. One
of the Pestacators also has an ultrasonic component. After I bought
these devices, I did a little research and despite the general theory
they don't work, they are proving to be effective for us. No rodents
even the tree rodents anywhere near the house. I feed the blue jays
peanuts every morning. I've watched the tree rodents come as far as the
sidewalk then scatter the other way. They don't come into the yard!
Either they don't like the rodent devices or they don't like the
peanuts. My guess is on the rodent devices.
DH component of one of our friend couples shot a squirrel as it was
going up a tree. Seems he was ticked at the squirrel eating through his
garden. Head was off but rest of body stuck to the tree with the claws
dug straight into the bark. DW component was not impressed! DH
component used a shovel to pry the carcus off the tree while the
tramatized kids cried and DW yelled. Not good ;-) You'd be best to use
a canon and make sure you get all of the tree rat to save your family
from going through such a Kodak moment!
I put up a squirrel feeder filled with corn mixed 50/50 with sunflower seeds
in plain view if what I was trying to keep them out of (the bird feeder).
It worked as long as the squirrel feeder contained goodies. When it got
empty, they were at the bird feeder. Might work around your gardens also.
No. Feeding them doesn't help. It just attracts more. Moth balls
don't work, so now I will try hot pepper. Of course I have no red
tomatoes left to get ripe, and three of my plants are dead. But I did
live trap and relocate 4 of the critters per state rep. guidance.
Worked really well. The rats love apples better than tomatoes. Boy,
are they sure mean and nasty, and they stink...!!!!!!
Ironically, there was no squirrel and bird feeder problem in my yard
*until* I feed the rotten things. I left corn cobs out for them and they
started destroying the feeders while leaving much of the corn untouched.
My main feeder is now an open feeder, gazebo style, mounted on a 4-inch
6-foot high PVC sewer pipe, fastened with a toilet flange. Because the
flange fits over the pipe and is screwed to the bottom of the feeder, it
lifts off easily for cleaning while being secure in the stiffest winds.
The squirrels cannot climb up the PVC! Of course, you don't want anything
near it they can jump from onto it.
Try live animal traps and re-locate them to a wild-life area. I take these
to a large park on a lake near me. There they have food and water.
Taking them early in the year (before August/September) gives them time to
store for winter.
Most squirrels will go right into the trap with a bait of sunflower seeds,
walnuts or peanut butter. I say "most" because the apricot destroyer
isn't interested in any of that. My best hope is that somewhere he will
be become a roadside casualty.
Live trap him and let him loose?
Yeah. The only one that I'd like to see bite the big one is the apricot
terror. I figure the worst that can happen is that they will become
hawk/eagle food, but that is the natural order of things. Not likely to
happen where I release them as there are ample trees, both nut and
evergreen. However one ran back to the road which would have made him/her
prime target for the soaring ones.
I'll check out these web pages later. <g>
They are squirrel recipes.
Now, if you can come up with a way to get that apricot eating squirrel.
Maybe you need to find a bait that tastes even better to him than
apricots. Or, there is always the motion activated sprinkler mentioned
in another thread. ;-)
I have a friend that would probably eat it if I got the dratted thing.
The problem is he *doesn't* eat the apricots. A herd of squirrels
couldn't have eaten all he has destroyed. (Do squirrels have herds,
flocks, litters, what?) He just takes a bite out and drops it all, cot
and bite. This past week, he has started taking the pit, or it seems like
it as there are apricot halves on the ground. Of course, there are also a
good supply of pits as well so he may be just pulling them apart and
dropping the entire fruit.
I really wouldn't mind sharing, because if he were eating them, there
would have been plenty for us all. It's the total waste that is angering.
That and the horrible mess under the tree which will now be attracting
hornets, ripe apricots all over. Because so many are in pieces, it's
impossible to pick it all up off the ground. :-(
Also, if he ate them, he'd make a good apricot sauteed squirrel dish! <g>
If I thought it would work, I'd do it. He doesn't like water; if I could
stand out there with the garden hose all day, I'd have apricots. However,
the sprinkler, because of the tree movement (wind in the branches) would
be set off all the time. Even my light goes off constantly because of it
and it's "aimed" low to try to avoid the problem.
Thank you for the reminder, however, about the sprinkler. A friend told
me about a noise thing that I will try if I have a good crop next year,
but it's too late for this year. As I type, the only cots left are in the
top of the tree, beyond my reach. :-(
It would have been nice to be able to take some to FISH, they are so very
good and not that common in our region (Portland, Oregon, area) since our
climate is not the best for pit fruit. It would have been a nice treat
for folks. Maybe next year. Does this mean I should hope for another
I'm trying to be grateful he's not in the garden. However, if he were,
I'd have used a shotgun on him a long time ago. Well, maybe not, but
would have a better chance of getting him into a trap. At least I can
dream.<g> I've even set the trap on on the roof hoping he'd go in it
there, but no, he doesn't like walnut halves, peanuts (raw or roasted),
peanut butter, sunflower seeds, or corn.
becoming a squirrel detestor
and hoping this one doesn't
bring youngsters to teach them!
My eventual plan is to graze the chickens in the orchard. They will
efficiently pick up all the deadfalls and most of the bugs.
Hmmm... I just got a wicked idea! Some breeds of geese are known for
their bad temperment. Maybe a half dozen big mean geese would keep the
tree rats away.
Have you ever seen those tangle foot mouse traps? They are,
essentially, really thick fly paper for mice. I don't like them because
I don't think they're very humane.  The mice in our new place,
however, are very good at removing the bait from the snap traps without
setting them off. I think the previous owners bred them for subtlety.
Anyhow, perhaps you can get a bunch of them and attach them to the trunk
of the tree. Then, you would turn your tree into a sundew plant. Once
you catch the squirrel, however, you are going to have to kill it to
keep it from suffering. Unless you have some kind of solvent, getting a
furry animal unstuck isn't likely.
 When we use them, we check them frequently, and quickly kill any
trapped mice. Unsticking a mouse from one of those traps is nigh
Since he's popping open the apricots for the pits, why not try almonds
as a bait? Maybe smear almond paste on the trap pan...
There are professional baits for squirrels (which I've used to live trap
chipmunks) that smell fantastically good. I bought mine from bugspray.com.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
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