HavaHarts probably require that you have a heart, at least one that
finds room for other species. Squirrels are fun loving creatures - a
bit opportunistic but then who isn't?
I believe that humans are probably smarter than squirrels and that
humans can deal with problems with squirrels without killing them.
Perhaps I'm wrong.
On 4/25/2009 10:57 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I use a HavaHart at home. When I catch a squirrel, I take the trap down
to a state park where there are plenty of hungry coyotes, hawks, and
owls and probably some snakes.
Next, I'll have to buy a larger HavaHart to catch raccoons. Raccoons
stripped my grape vines of 3/4 of a year's crop. The law does not allow
me to relocate raccoons, so I'll let the county's animal control service
dispose of them. They will probably dispose of them the same way they
dispose of 1/3 of the stray dogs they collect -- not by adoption or
relocation but by extermination. :)
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
it isnt smarts... it is time. squirrels have all day to figure out "work
humans need to go to real work.
the problem is the squirrels dont have enough brains to figure out that some
and fruit trees are "death".
On Sat, 25 Apr 2009 12:57:05 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
you got hanta you might also have yersinia pestis.... plague. I will say the
squirrels never touched the fruit trees until we got one of those Stark "edible
kernel" apricots and then the squirrels went nuts.
then I moved into town. next door run down house housed families of squirrels in
roof of porch. house sold, porch roof removed, squirrels evicted and promptly
to my house next door and began eating their way into my roof, my attic. after 1
year of metal flashing and metal edges and trying everything I had to trap kill
them to hopefully kill every single one that had any memory of eating their way
my house. damn rats. I hope I also got the ones ripping the peaches off my
they dont just rip the peaches, they rip off the fruiting spurs as well. damn
Your best bet is the Hav-A-hart trap and peanut butter. I can catch
4 or 5 per day, and after two weeks, the population is greatly reduced
for 6-8 months. After that I start catching them again. I have seen
jays divebomb squirrels to drive them off, but there are few predators
here. Feeding squirrels will only encourage them to raise families.
Yesterday a squirrel put his foot on the electrical wire that protects
the vegetable garden. He flipped back 5 feet and scolded the wire. He
then cautiously jumped onto the fence between two electrical wires and
touched the top electrical wire. That zapped him and retreated up a
large tree. The Hav-A-Hart trap works too.
We have a stray neighborhood cat with one eye. He got into a fight
with a squirrel. The hawks prefer snakes over squirrels, but
thankfully squirrels are fairly easy to trap. A small price to have
two full grown hickory trees.
Costs a lot more to feed a cat than a squirrel.
The domestic cat will almost always lose a fight with a squirrel... mine
stay indoors, keeps the vet bills down, however they've never lost a fight
with a mouse... don't even have to fight, after two days hiding under the
fridge surrounded by six salivating cats the mouse just gives up by
Squirrels being very territorial will protect the area around their food
supply from other squirrels so there will never be too many in one area...
their only real competion are the crows... if you find damaged fruit it's
much more likely initiated by birds than squirrels, birds will knock fruit
to the ground, eat the best parts, and then the squirrels find the pits. My
veggie garden isn't far from where the squirrels hang but I've yet to see
even one squirrel in there, it's mostly birds that peck the veggies. The
easiest way to keep squirrels from ones food crops is to feed them something
else that they like better and put it out away from your crop. There are a
half dozen squirrels that live in the windbreak of 70 foot Norway spruce
trees near my fruit trees. I put out peanuts, sunflower seeds, cheap stale
crackers, bread scraps, and whatever bits they will eat that most folks toss
in the trash anyway, they love old dried/molded cheese... I simply toss it
out my side window at the same time each morning, within two minutes they
arrive for their breakfast and to entertain my house cats. They never
bother my fruit trees, why would they chose measly fruit pits over peanuts,
sunflower seeds, and cookies... doesn't cost me $10 a year to feed the
squirrels, certainly less than you'll pay for traps, and I have no
aggrivation from squirrels whatsoever... even if you dispatch a few new ones
will come to take their place, you'll never get them all. You can't beat
squirrels at their own game so it's best to join them... I sorta feel pity
for anyone with an IQ less than that of a squirrel.
I MUST get these glasses checked the next time I get to the big city. I'm
sure I know the difference between a crow and a squirrel. Lemmesee, the
crow is the black one that flies, right? But I'm positive it was the brown
ones, the ones with the big furry tails, that's a squirrel, right, up in the
tree eating fruit.
Although, IIRC, crows are smart, and for them to don a rented squirrel
outfit would not be outside the realm of possibility.
Now I'm confused. But I guess I'll just keep a barrel of water in the
garden for those squirrels ...... crows ........... new squirrels
............ old squirrels ......... crows in rented squirrel suits
.......... whatever. I need a nap.
An "inside cat" is not what you want for this job. That's why I specified a
"barn cat". The typical cat which hangs around the barn on a working farm
can be a pretty fearsome animal and is more wild than domesticated. Not the
sort which will come when you call "kitty, kitty" unless you or something
you are holding seems edible.
When I was a kid, we used to go visit our uncle in northern Idaho. They had
a farming operation, and a couple of dairy cows along with that. After
being familiar with "city" cats, meeting a "barn" cat was scary. They
hissed and spit, and didn't want to have anything to do with you. My uncle
cautioned not to try to pick one up. Well, this little city kid figgered a
cat was a cat. I never got close enough to pick one up, and shortly saw
that picking up one would be akin to picking up a full throttle chain saw.
I have seen feral cats that are meaner than the dickens, and tapes of animal
control officers getting hold of them. Or vice versa.
I live in an AG1 zone, on a ranch, and a perfect place for a "barn cat."
Yet, I guess I'm too citified not to want to let it in when it's blowing a
gale and zero outside, thus training it to meow at the door whenever it
wants to come in and lay by the fire or cozy up on the bed. Maybe in the
future, but right now, my own version of "mousers" is working great.
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