I have a bunch of gray squirrel in my yard. They've always eaten the
bird seed I put in feeder, but I really don't care about that.
Recently however, a gray squirrel was gnawing on a Burning Bush shrub
that has been under the bird feeders for about 4 years now.
I've never seen a gray squirrel try to eat a shrub before.
Does anyone know if this is a common problem, or just a temporary
oddity. The bush was just setting out new leaves as it is mid spring
where I live (coastal NH).
Any recommended solutions besides moving the bush or the feeders?
We had a terrible rabbit and squirrel problem until a new neighbor moved
into the next house down the road. They have two huge altered male cats.
These cats prowl through our gardens and yard several times a day. Within 2
years both the rabbits and squirrels have become close to extinct. The
quail also stay away.
You may need 5 or 6 of the gray squirrels, as these are a bit smaller
than others. They are easily caught in a trap baited with peanut
butter. Our local red-tailed hawks tend to thin out the squirrel
Wash and quarter three or four good sized squirrels; put them on, with
a small tablespoonful of salt, directly after breakfast, in a gallon
of cold water. Cover the pot close, and set it on the back part of
the stove to simmer gently, _not_ boil. Add vegetables just the same
as you do in case of other meat soups in the summer season, but
especially good will you find corn, Irish potatoes, tomatoes and Lima
beans. Strain the soup through a coarse colander when the meat has
boiled to shreds, so as to get rid of the squirrels' troublesome
little bones. Then return to the pot, and after boiling a while
longer, thicken with a piece of butter rubbed in flour. Celery and
parsley leaves chopped up are also considered an improvement by many.
Toast two slices of bread, cut them into dice one-half inch square,
fry them in butter, put them into the bottom of your tureen, and then
pour the soup boiling hot upon them. Very good.
I have had good luck stopping the tree rats from digging in my flower beds with a
dusting of blood meal. but this morning I heard about people spraying fox urine
stuff to keep chippies from digging/chewing. if all else fails, try some
on the bush. Ingrid
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I use a big bulk bag of cayenne pepper from a health food store. It's
cheaper there. Sprinkle around planting beds or whatever you want to keep
the little stinkers out of. It has always worked for me, or course you need
to reapply after a rain.
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~ 4-5 squirrels, cut into serving pieces
~ Original Allegro marinade
~ garlic powder
~ Creole seasoning
~ your favorite bbq sauce
Place meat in a large ziplock bag and cover with the marinade.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Overnight is better.
Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with foil. Make the foil big enough so you
can fold over the top and seal.
Place the meat on the foil and season with garlic powder, salt, pepper
and creole seasoning.
Wrap the foil over the top and seal. Bake for 2 hours at 350 degrees.
While squirrel is cooking, pre-heat your grill.
When squirrel is done, remove it from foil and place on grill. Baste
with bbq sauce.
Grill over medium heat until sauce starts to get sticky. Do not
overcook! you don't want the meat to get tough!
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