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noquacks 06-06-2012 06:52 PM

Stinkin squirrels.......
Sheesh, @#$%^*& squirrels chewed up so far, about 20 mangoes from my tree. They ets them GREEN, must taste like bark- but they dont care- as long as they prevent me from eating them in august when they are ripe.

have 21 left on tree- heres 2 pictures sos you can see for yourselfs and not think Im making up a story:

noquacks 06-06-2012 06:55 PM

On tree, I have rat traps all over lower branches (visible), old ladies old nylons with mothballs hanging (helps to preserve the mangoes...pun?), and even a trial mango surrounded by wire mesh, which, is very effective, but sooooo hard tomake. oh, also,wrapped the trunk with shet metal to prevent climbing- but they still get them! Geez.......

rusty baker 06-06-2012 07:28 PM

Tree rats love d-con.

bballallan 06-06-2012 09:12 PM

Oh no! :( I don't even know how you could go about to stop that really.

user1007 06-06-2012 11:22 PM

The worst is they never eat a whole vegetable or fruit. The nibble or take just one bite out of all of them. I've mentioned before that an idiot University of Illinois president had a box of gray squirrels shipped over from Great Britain to beautify the campus 100 years ago. With no real predators and increasingly mild winters their populations grow and while cute, they are pests and can do real damage. Some really tear up wiring of parked cars.

I love mangoes and hate to see you losing them. Would bird netting slow them down you think?

chrisn 06-07-2012 04:16 AM

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Originally Posted by bballallan (Post 937937)
Oh no! :( I don't even know how you could go about to stop that really.

These work VERY well:thumbsup:

creeper 06-07-2012 05:00 AM

What about that dried essense of fox urine that I've heard so much about lately ?

noquacks 06-07-2012 05:02 AM

LOL!! Thanks, people. Interesting - is that true, about how grey squirrels got to ythe USA? Sheesh.....Like the mongoose introduced in Hawaii to help eat the rats- then they found out- too late- that the mongoose is active in daytime, and the rats at night! Now, too many mongooses in hawaii!

yes, they eat only the partial mango. Like I said- stinkin......

cant shoot them- illegal. Traps, I figure, may rap them formly on headd, giving them a scare. Could use Conibear choke traps, but I fear for the law that protects pesty squirrels:

user1007 06-07-2012 06:23 AM


Originally Posted by creeper (Post 938107)
What about that dried essense of fox urine that I've heard so much about lately ?

Don't know about the outdoor granulated stuff but the indoor attic spray was phenomenal. The squirrels could not get out fast enough.

The San Francisco zoo sold Zoo Doo at one time. That with lion poop in it kept deer away from petunias and things. As I said, the squirrels in Central Illinois do not seem to be frightened of anything and lack predators. Even the birds of prey won't touch them.

user1007 06-07-2012 06:58 AM

Might have to hire mercenaries for the bigger ones....

pwgsx 06-07-2012 09:58 AM

how high does that tin go ? They jump pretty high.

Blondesense 06-07-2012 11:44 AM

I can't say I endorse this, but I did LMAO.

noquacks 06-07-2012 03:54 PM


Originally Posted by pwgsx (Post 938267)
how high does that tin go ? They jump pretty high.

goes up about oh, 3' to the 1st branching, then I continue sheeting the branched off limbs individually, about anothwer 18" or so- its kinda tricky- imperfect system. Then, the rat traps booby trap the limbs from here to rap them on the head, or nose......

noquacks 06-07-2012 03:56 PM

IO read they can jump 5'. Not sure if its true, but maybe so- theyre getting up there somehow, bypassing the sheet metal...

Missouri Bound 06-07-2012 10:51 PM

Is the trunk fairly straight? Metal pipe, such as duct (stovepipe) can be fitted around the trund then assemled. If you have 6' of pipe they can't jump high enough to get to the tree. But is there a tree close enough for them to jump from? I've seen squirrels do phenomonal flying things. Can you post another picture with the tree trund and surrounding area? An inverted metal shield may be better than the trunk wrap.

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