Another young, green tomato on the deck yesterday morning. Not how I
like to start the day... I had been lax with the vinegar soaked rags.
Been raining a lot and that dilutes it. I will have to redouble my
efforts... Or, where do I get some Red-Tailed Hawks? (I don't think
coyotes or foxes exist where I live, in the city.)
"Ground Squirrels are active during the day and the nocturnal Barn Owl
will not help with a squirrel problem. However, in areas of infestation,
you can erect a substantial post of 20-25 feet in height to provide a
perch from which hawks will hunt during the day. Red-Tailed Hawks in
particular will hunt ground squirrels. If your vineyard is enclosed in
deer fencing, you may wish to cut several coyote sized holes in the
bottom of your fence to allow easy access for coyote, bobcat and fox.
These animals are very good at hunting ground squirrels and rabbits. If
you are concerned about these predators chewing drip lines, place a few
pans underneath your drip lines to collect water for their use during
the dry months."
I have heard of some people planting tomatoes, etc in another part of
their yard and leaving that for the squirrels etc. Is that so very
different? Though it just seems like a bad idea, and I would attract
more, and a larger population than there should be.
I've had problems this year and put out the old Havahart trap. Caught
and released 6 squirrels before I caught the real culprit, a raccoon who
now lives in a more affluent neighborhood.
I advise buying the biggest Havahart trap as the largest raccoons can
escape without it latching. Peanut butter is universal bait, I've
caught squirrels, raccoons and groundhogs with it - once even a bird and
New ones will just move in... My NIL cousin has four acres in the
country and has killed 43 squirrels this year. They've gotten into his
wiring and caused lots of damage besides just stealing tomatoes.
Last Monday morning I found a very freshly dead male fox squirrel in
front of the house (and collected the corpse for My Daughter the Zoologist).
By noon, and through the rest of the day, there were at least three male
squirrels chasing, fighting, biting, tail-flicking, growling and sqealing their
way around our yard. Apparently the Capo di tutti capi squirrel snuffing
it left a power vaccuum. They must have settled things in short order--the
next day everything was back to normal.
(Squirrels are excluded from the vegetable garden during the growing
season by a carefully reinforced fence with a charge wire at the top.)
I live in a semi-rural area too. Figure I just remove the creatures
that are bothering me and it will take a while for others to take their
place. Since my trapping venture over a week ago, I have not seen a
Try modifying this Red Neck Mouse Trap for squirrels. A metal
trash can should suffice. Fill the bottom with RV radiator
Here are the instructions:
Here it is in action:
Anyone who viewed the second link, JUST TRY AND TELL ME YOU
Just as I walked into my family room a couple of winters ago, I heard a
snap trap go off in the adjacent utility room.
Getting trap and mouse, I decided to flush him rather than open the door
to the cold.
He splashed into the bowl and revived, desperately trying to escape, so
I flushed him.
He now resides in my septic system with a diet of stink bugs ;)
I wonder how long a mouse can survive? I had one in a trap in a brown
paper bag once in the morning and assumed it was dead, but was running
late for work and so decided to deal with it after work... When I got
home, the trap was empty.
A little off topic, but apropos to the revival of the mouse but
"What happens when we die - wouldn't we all like to know? We can't bring
people back from the dead to tell us but in some cases, we almost can.
Resuscitation medicine is now sometimes capable of reviving people after
their hearts have stopped beating and their brains have flat lined."
"[Dr. Sam Parnia:] So today when we define someone as being dead, we
look at those three criteria - no heartbeat, no respirations, and we
check the pupils of the eye for a reflex that when it's absent, it tells
us that the brain stem and the brain is no longer functioning. The
person is motionless - and they're dead, and we define them as dead.
However, what we've now discovered - in the past decade or so - is that
actually, it's only after a person dies. So in other words, when someone
has actually reached that point and they've become a corpse, that the
cells inside the body start to undergo their own process of death, and
that the period in which the cells die is variable depending on the
organs, but it certainly goes on to hours of time.
So for instance, brain cells will die at about eight hours; again, there
is some variation, but around eight hours after a person has died. And
therefore, our work in resuscitation science is to try to study the
processes that are going on in a person after they've died, but before
they've reached the point of complete, irreversible and irretrievable
cell damage such that no matter what we do, we can't bring them back.
And if we manage to restore oxygen and nutrients back to those cells
before they've reached that point, we are able to successfully bring
someone back to life. And that's why today, with numerous advances that
have taken place in the field of resuscitation science, we have managed
to push back that boundary to well beyond the 10-, 20-minute time frame
that had been perceived in the past, into many hours of death."
'With today's medicine, we can bring people back to life up to one,
maybe two hours, sometimes even longer, after their heart stopped
beating and they have thus died by circulatory failure. In the future,
we will likely get better at reversing death.
"He [Sam Parnia] specializes in people who survive cardiac arrest.
Eighty to 90 percent of these patients do not have stories of bright
lights, tunnels, out-of-body experiences and luminous beings."
I prefer snap traps. I caught one in a holding trap that I had not checked
for a while and just got a stinking carcass. Poison inside the house
can also lead to stink. Glue traps are torture. I've seen them gnaw
off a leg to try to escape. As I discovered, the snap traps may not
just break their neck but suffocate them. Still preferred to suffering
in other traps.
I believe life span of mice and rats is about 3 years and most that
don't suffer predation, expire of cancer. Mice are used to test
chemical toxicity as they do not have a throw-up mechanism. The
chemicals are injected down their throats with a blunt syringe.
We have them here in central NJ.
I don't mind them at all, but my only contact with them
is that I find 3 or 4 a year inside the house,
especially in the winter.
I pick them up and put them outside but don't crush them.
I've read that the problem is that you can see a LOT of them.
I haven't experienced that.
I get an occasional black beetle in my basement, they seem to be just
passing through and generally don't seem to be a bother. Haven't seen
any lately, but crickets come down here too. They are kind of funny
hopping around unpredictably. I'm not sure why the come down here, not
much to see or eat. No food in the basement.
The worse bug problem to have is bedbugs. I would not wish those on my
worse enemy. What a f***ing nightmare.
I see they first showed up in Allentown, Pa in 1998:
I quit growing peppers a couple of years ago as they were mottling the
peppers and they were small.
Hopefully a natural predator will set in and keep them in check.
They are funny coming into the house when fall sets in and leaving in
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