When the first robins arrive my lawn looks invaded by zillions of worm
hunters. When I mow masses of swallows swarm all about my tractor. The
only bird feeding I do is a few slices of bread for the pair of Canada geese
that come to my deck three times a day, and very occasionally wild turkeys
come by for a snack... they like dry cat food. There is no need for bird
feeders in rural areas. Even in winter birds find plenty of food, and even
at temps below zero water still flows in culverts under roadways where deer
hoofs break up surface ice where they exit from below ground and there are
lots of openings around beaver dams... plus there is always food and water
at all the many livestock farms. And the squirrels aren't existing on my
few peanuts alone... just yesterday I walked into my Norway spruce windbreak
to check the gauge on my 500 gallon propane tank that's hidden in there and
there hidden from view are *mountains* of cones and seed husks...squirrels
are very neat, they pile their debris very uniformly, cones to the left,
husks to the right.
"Plague is a zoonotic disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. In 2006, a
total of 13 human plague cases have been reported among residents of four
Mexico (seven cases), Colorado (three cases), California (two cases), and Texas
case). This is the largest number of cases reported in a single year in the
States since 1994."
to make matters worse multidrug resistant plague bacteria have been found in the
I'm a docent at a showcase garden. I'm there every Tuesday morning and
Saturday afternoon. After I wrote the above, I went to the garden for
my Saturday shift.
Near the garden's resource center are two large white mulberry trees
(Morus alba), that seem to be late leafing out this spring. During my
shift today, I watched a squirrel running up and down the bare branches
of one of these trees, devouring all the little green shoots. No wonder
the branches are bare!
On 4/25/2009 7:27 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The showcase garden is in an urban area, directly across the street from
city hall (city has a population of ~127,000). On the same side of the
street as the garden, there is a neighborhood shopping mall on one side
and an up-scale steak house on the other. On the street behind are
apartments and small houses.
The garden is not intended to be a lunch buffet for rodents. It's
intended to be a showcase of garden design concepts from different parts
of the world.
Let someone else feed the squirrels . . . and put up with squirrel crap.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
you dont understand reproduction? squirrels crank out more than one litter per
and after a while there are simply too many squirrels for the amount of "wild"
and the amount of natural living spaces. then they begin eating their way into
houses (made of wood much like trees) and eating everything in sight. at some
the population explosion has to be thinned out to reasonable levels. in my case
is NOT MY HOUSE, NOT MY FRUIT TREES.
On Sun, 26 Apr 2009 10:31:09 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I do understand reproduction. I also understand loss of habitat,
human overpopulation and caring for the world in general, not just my
species. Obviously you see things differently. IMO, we humans are the
responsible ones if nature is unbalanced and it's up to us to come up
with responsible solutions. My idea of responsible doesn't involve
Kate - but then I enjoy squirrels
What you don't and are obviously incapable understanding is unlike humans
squirrel parents kick their offspring out of the family home as soon as they
are able to fend for themselves, they move on to other parts never again to
return to the area where they were born... squirrel parents do not support
their adult offspring.
then they begin eating their way into
Squirrels can only enter the homes of the pinheaded imbeciles who don't
properly maintain their homes.
Squirrel populations do not increase past what their environment can
sustain... any extras are culled out by their natural preditors, some years
at a slightly higher rate than they reproduce... squirrel populations, as
with most mammilian wildlife, remain very stable or decrease, rarely do
mammal populations in the wild increase.
Typical tenant, doesn't give a shit about other's property... and hasn't the
common sense of a rodent... I'll bet you're still sponging off your parents,
and whoever else, including the tax payers. The only reason that wildlife
can take up residence in homes is because lame brained people permit them
You're never going to trap them all. The only sane solution is to protect
things like the grain. How about storing it in clean metal trash cans with
the lids strapped with bungee cords? If you think they'll chew the bungee
cords, use chain. If they continue chewing on the shed until they figure out
it's pointless, call a siding company and have them wrap the vulnerable
areas in aluminum.
I used a Tin Cat for the mice, but you have to handle them too much. I just
tossed the Tin Cat in a 5 gallon bucket of water for three minutes. Now I
take them out with a large metal spoon and fling them like a lacrosse toss
into the chasm that borders our property for the raptors to have free lunch.
Setting and resetting HavAHarts every day is a pain, not to mention cost
times three or six.
Steve, you must be new to gardening if you think you'll beat the squirrels
using traps. You may get a one week respite from the attacks, but more will
come next week.
Read what brooklyn suggested a few minutes ago.
Joe, you really need to bone up on your reading comprehension. What these
are is barrels of water. They work 24/7. They don't need resetting. They
don't need maintenance. They don't need monitoring.
I put one out last evening at dusk. I just checked them at 5PM, and I had
I am going to buy two new barrels and put the in the other problem areas.
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