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Old 05-29-2018, 09:23 AM   #1
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Squirrels are a big problem around here. They just wreck havoc in
our yard.

Since the coconut fiber mentioned squirrels, I have to show these pics.
The squirrels wreck havoc around here...
This guy not only ripped apart our grill cover for a nest,
he chewed through the rubber gas line.

I watched him through the window, it didn't phase him one bit!
I think he enjoyed the audience. If you look up on top of the
big oaks around here -- you'll see not only our BBQ cover(s) but
also our blue filter material that we use in our filters.
We have since given up covering up the BBQ.
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We have critters get into the grill itself (through the air intake holes, I guess) over the winter. They too can wreak (and wreck, but that's really not the right word) havoc.

Especially when you head out for that first grilled steak of the spring, only to find you have a decontamination project ahead of you before you can eat!

Totally agree that squirrels are among the worst rodents, if they get into your stuff or (worse) into the house. Over the years I've battled red squirrels and flying squirrels (only once each, thankfully.) Outside they're cute. Our neighbors once raised a family of red squirrels by hand, after the mother was hit by a car. It was cool to walk outside and have a squirrel jump at you to climb up your leg to sit on your shoulder. A little scary the first time though!
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Over the winter months I built a bird feeder, we love to watch the birds. The feed we buy isn't the cheap stuff as we found we get a larger variety of birds with it. We also love to watch the squirrels, but now they have discovered the bird feed and love it, the little hogs. I guess as long as they stay out there and not bother anything else I will leave them alone. If they start tearing things up then I will get the sling shot out. LOL
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They ate our expensive sunbrella custom cushions... and ate the hot tub cover..

No one wants to say it.... but yes I got a BB gun.... I don't kill them.... but each spring I have to train them away from the ponderoso pine that grows thru our hot tub deck.

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I thought I'd do a quick search for "squirrel-proof bbq covers" and found a few things. A really heavy duty cover made by Weber (I'm guessing a determined squirrel would eventually tear it up) and some advice to move the grill inside (garage/shed) during nest-building months -- making sure to unhook the propane tank and leave it outside. Of course, if you like to use the bbq frequently, you'd have to drag it out of storage. There was a recommendation to buy stainless steel propane hoses to replace rubber ones. There was also a suggestion about putting out a container of torn cloth, etc., so the squirrels would take that "easy stuff" instead of having to work on your grill cover.

Maybe make some sort of cover for the grill with hardware cloth or chicken/avian wire?(It would be over the black vinyl cover). Make a rectangle of it that the grill would sit on and then fashion a cover loose enough that you could lift it off when you want to use the grill. The cover could be fastened to the bottom rectangle of hardware cloth with some twisted wire so the squirrel couldn't crawl under it. This thought came to me because I had a miniature garden in a very wide container and the Stellar's Jays used to dig it up to hide seeds/peanuts, so I fashioned a chicken wire cover about 24 inches high to protect the little garden. I fashioned sides, and then made a domed top. A wire cover for your grill would definitely take a lot more time to make, for sure.
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Yeah, squirrels are the bane of people who maintain bird feeders. The little buggers are clever!

We had to stop feeding the birds when we had rats coming to the feeders. There's an abandoned structure on a neighbor's land, I suspect that's their home base, but I'd prefer they stay there!

This neighbor also used to feed thistle seed to the finches. That stopped years ago, but I still find new thistles every time I go to mow the lawn.

Feeding the birds is nice, but there's a lot to consider!
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Back in the 50s a squirrel played a part in wrecking my parents living rm. He came down the chimney and all he wanted was out but my mother felt the urge to help him along with a broom .... which sent the squirrel all over the place. My mother and her broom knocked over lamps, pictures off the walls, end tables, etc. The squirrel was more than happy to leave when I got him near the open door!
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I wouldn't let that continue. That's a destructive nuisance pest and must be dealt with or things will only get worse.
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Cat's Pajamas, we wraped wire around the BBQ hose so that they can't eat it.
We no longer cover the BBQ, our poor BBQ's have to go commando now!

Big Jim, we have several feeders and feed all year, yes, it's expensive
but we love it....and it's entertainment!
(Hell, if we kicked in another 4 bucks a week we could afford
a sail boat!) Three of the feeders are squirrel proof...We mostly
feed black oiled sunflower seeds and they love them...a couple of feeders
they don't bother too much, as we fill them with just plain bird seed.

It's the suet they love! I make my own suet all winter long..in
the warmer weather I buy the suet. it's cheep, cheep, cheep, and easy too!
The woodpeckers and the flickers love my suet. they actually sit on our
arbour calling us when the suit needs to be replaced.
We also have thistle feeders for the American goldfinches...enjoy them
for their striking beautiful yellow and black color, and get a kick out
of how they can sing while they are flying.

We also provide several bird houses for the birds...every one of them get's
tenants ...Our son recently made us two bird houses...we currently have
the same wren building a nest in both houses...The head knot said that he
read that they often have two families going at the same time! It's comical
to watch this little guy as he brings a big twig to the feeder and can't get it
in, so he maneuvers the branch until he gets it in. The wrens are great
as they have a very melodic song, the cardinals do as well.

This is the cardinal having a bad hair day feeding on black oiled sunflower
seed at our squirrel proof feeder.

The head groundskeeper just came in and said he's hungry, I need to
go and Rattle those Pots and Pans...I'll be back later with the rat story!
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That site has some home remedies for squirrels. They might be better than standing guard w/ a BB gun.
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Well we have a new visitor as of today-- a chipmunk. The weird thing is the little dickens is carrying off our small washed river rocks, that lead to the porch. I have never seen one do that before now, we were wondering what he was doing with them.

We had a Thrasher hit one of the doves mid air and feathers flew. I am about half deft and heard when it hit the dove. I may be getting a BB gun also.
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Oh, Rats!

We like to go on antique runs for little stuff...
So' one time we hit this place and I see a weather vane.
North, South, East, and West in bronze ...big enough to mount a
bird feeder on... It was 20.00 and I couldn't get the biker guy owner to
take less...every time I made an offer, he raised the price. He was up to
30 bucks before I agreed to pay the 20 bucks! ( I started my offer at 15
bucks)

I told him I was going to mount a bird feeder on top...he said,
"yer gonna get rats lady!" I told him we been feeding the birds
for years and we never had rats! ...his response was "yer gonna
get rats lady!" So, I paid the 20 bucks, and again the biker dude
shouts out as we were leaving the shop, " ya gonna get rats lady!"...

We went home, mounted it on a pole and put a feeder on top and
filled it with black oiled sunflower seed...everybody happy!

Sure enough, the biker dude was right, about a week or so later,
to my horror, we had rats! They were feeding on the grass
below the feeder...They were brazen as can be...and chased
the squirrels and the chipmunks away to hog all the food.

The head groundskeeper got out his BB gun and began shooting
them from the upstairs bedroom; he also kept a gun in the dining
room by the door -- so that he could shoot from downstairs.

So, one day he was upstairs shooting rats from the window,
and our son comes
over and says, "where's Dad?" I said, "well, he upstairs shooting rats!"
"Wat!" he said, and he quickly ran upstairs...A minute later, he comes down
and says, "Dad said there is another BB gun down here." I told him
it was in the corner of the dining room...he grabbed the gun and
said, "I feel like
a hillbilly! He ran up the stairs two at a time shouting, "I'm coming Pa!"

I still crack up every time I think about that day!

Anyhow, the rats never came back. It took several weeks, but he did wipe
out the whole damn family! ...He sure had fun in the process!
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Well we have a new visitor as of today-- a chipmunk. The weird thing is the little dickens is carrying off our small washed river rocks, that lead to the porch. I have never seen one do that before now, we were wondering what he was doing with them.

We had a Thrasher hit one of the doves mid air and feathers flew. I am about half deft and heard when it hit the dove. I may be getting a BB gun also.
We love the chipmonk and feed them as well...every year we get a family
nesting in our waterfall. They quickly get tame, and entertain the little
tourists when they visit. We sprinkle black oiled sunflower seeds along
the path for them.
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