They're lucky they're cute.. Darn squirrels, just found they been
munching on my new riding mower seat.. Luckily it's the molded foam kind
so beyond making it look bad it's an easy fix with a light coat of silicon.
Darn things, took chunks out.. *mutters*
On Wed, 28 Nov 2007 22:30:35 -0600, Scott Hildenbrand
They are gathering nesting material so if you provide them with it
they will usually leave things alone. I put out cotton batting,
Spanish moss, shredded sheets I no longer use, and all I have to do is
look up and I see their nests full of it.
On Thu, 29 Nov 2007 10:12:24 -0600, Scott Hildenbrand
One year the squirrels tore apart the cushion on my swing thing and it
was so funny to watch her do it! I never replaced the cushion yet, so
I leave it out for her to tear up every winter!
To my knowledge, squirrels don't tear up wire, raccoons do, but there
is always a first. I also buy pipe insulation tubes for the squirrels
and they love to put those up in the trees in hunks.
Oh, on the Internet, it must be true. I didn't say never, I said
there is always a first. I stick by my statement; squirrels don't
tear up wire, raccoons do, but there is always a first. I didn't say
Squirrels are the worst with wiring...more so than even a rat or mouse
ever thought about being a problem with it. If I get a call and the
problem described is chewed wiring it almost always turns out being a
Oh, well they are welcome to eat fruit and vegetables here so I don't
have that attachment to the garden in that way. This is a certified
Texas and WWF Backyard Wildlife habitat. How silly would I be if I
didn't want them to eat anything back there. For that, I can easily
move downtown to a condo in the sky with a small balcony with a great
view of the Texas Hill Country.
On Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:32:04 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I had a squirrel come in the house when the back door was open and it
chewed the bottom edges off a row of about five books on a bottom shelf.
I'd thought it was funny when it was only coming in as far as the window
by the door, and the dog chasing it back out, but it managed to get way
inside the house unnoticed to reach the books, one of which was rather
valuable. I still like them, but between digging bulbs and getting in the
house to look for nesting materials, hard not to regard them as little
They're usually very territorial and only two large grey squirrels to a
neighborhood (plus transiently their babies which have to go find their
own territories after they get through adolescence). But between all the
birdfeeders in the neighborhood, & Sue next door feeding them corn, we've
got three big dreys in a one block area, and two adult squirrels to each
drey. That's beginning to be a handfed-in-the-park density, too much food
lessening their territoriality.
Sue feeds them whole raw corn cobs. The excesses they were planting all
over the neighbrhood, so corn was growing in every sunny spot, then the
squirrels harvested corn they planted themselves!
So they sway back and forth between awfully cute and awful nuisances.
-paghat the ratgirl
visit my temperate gardening website:
Righteous indignation? I've had my share of squirrel probs, but never
thought to put things out for them at nesting time. I will make sure
they are eco-friendly, biodegradable, and neutral in tone.
Couple years back, there was a shocking pink polyester nightie in the
garage. Two windows were out as well as the door, door and one window
now replaced, one to go.
Anyway, there was that pink nightie out by the lilac bush. I look out
the window, "what the?"
So I went out and put it where the squirrels couldn't get it, in the trash.
Don't ask why the nightie was in the garage. It was my daughter's, I
think. I do not want to know.
Presume it was a squirrel. Now you have me upset to think if the
critter had been successful, I'd have to put up with that shocking pink
blob up in one of my trees, and it would bug me no end!
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