I see ads on Amazon for sprinklers which turn on briefly under
control of a motion sensor, intended to deter animals (deer,
raccoons, cats and especially dogs) from entering lawns and gardens.
The idea seems good, but I wonder how well (if at all) they work
for things like squirrels.
Anybody got tails to tell?
Thanks for reading,
I know of a public garden that tried this at a koi pond to keep herons
and ducks away. The herons were eating young koi, and the ducks were
fouling the water. It did not work.
For squirrels that were killing two white mulberry trees in the same
garden -- eating the new shoots before the trees could get any leaves --
aluminum bands were wrapped around the trunks. Initially, the bands
were about 18 inches high; but the squirrels learned that a running leap
would allow them to clear the bands. When second 18-inch bands were
added to slightly overlap the first bands, success was achieved. I plan
to try this with my peach and loquat trees this year. I will wait until
about 2-3 weeks before the fruit is ripe.
How trapwise are fox (same as eastern red) squirrels? I've had pretty
good luck catching roof rats using a Raticator electronic rat trap,
which is fairly unobtrusive. I think it would likely kill
a squirrel _if_ it could be induced to enter the trap.
The landscaping around here is essentially an urban forest, so climbing
barriers on tree trunks won't have much effect; the squirrels can jump
from tree to tree (to building to fence....) easily.
Thanks for reading,
Squirrels are easy to trap using a Havahart trap. You simply spread a thin
layer of peanut butter on a piece of aluminum foil.
The problem is there will be too many to trap. If you reduce the population
in the immediate area, others will move into the territory.
Don. www.donwiss.com (e-mail link at home page bottom).
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