27 April 2012 @ 07:42 am
Squirrels!!  
We are overrun this year with squirrels!
It's the most squirrels I've seen in the 12 years we've lived on our property.
They are destructive little bastids, too -- knocking stuff over, digging in my plants, turning over the planters, swinging from the hanging plants. UGH!
I've tried everything I can think of, even spent $14 on some "guaranteed" squirrel repellant that they simply ignore.
WTH!!
Any suggestions, hipsters?

UPDATE:
Thanks for all your suggestions, hipsters.
Some good stuff here.
Love the one about the coyote skin. I'll get right on that. ;-)
But I did load up on hot sauce and cayenne so we'll see if that helps at all.
 
 
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snucksnuck on April 27th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
Are they more destructive than a dog would be? :P

I have no other suggestions... we don't have squirrels in Australia, just possums, who will break into your house and steal your fruit from the fruit bowl, throw all night dance parties on your roof and in your ceiling and steal every piece of edible anything from your garden the day before you plan to harvest it.

That and drop bears and hoop snakes.
squid_inksquid_ink on April 27th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
they're more like rats or voles in terms of the destruction.

as for breaking into your house, we have raccoons that have done this and they leave a muddy mess in the process.
Krisquiet000001 on April 27th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
... All night dance parties? Is THAT what the raccoons are up to up there? (My house has a flat roof, and for some reason the bit of roof right above my bed is where they like to hang out sounding like a herd of freaking elephants.)
Lady Crimson Tide: Batzclynne on April 27th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
Given the additional noises, I'm pretty sure the possums on our roof are not *dancing* all night.

*shudder*
Krisquiet000001 on April 27th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
I am occasionally tempted to try setting up some kind of camera, and then I think about what I might see and... Yeah, no thanks, that's what nature channel specials are for. :)

(If they don't stop it soon I'm going to steal my dad's idea and get a pair of walkie talkies and put one up there and keep one in my bedroom so basically I can yell at them and hopefully scare them into GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE. It worked for his attic, reportedly.)
grey853: Suki_grey853grey853 on April 27th, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
The only thing that keeps squirrels out of my yard is having a dog. She's not even a very big dog and she's not out all the time, but enough to put the squirrels on notice to stay away.
☆: Wonkatheidolhands on April 27th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
Secretly sprinkle peanuts all over your neighbor's property.

j/k

squid_inksquid_ink on April 27th, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
ha cute..!!
Dravviedravvie on April 27th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
I lived in an area with some really ballsy squirrels, but my roommate had a Maine Coone half breed cat who liked to patrol the yards. We'd see a squirrel in the garden and then *whoosh!* put the cat door he went to see what was going up in HIS area.</p>

The neighbors got chickens and they consequently had less of a squirrel problem but then they had six chickens in their yard. That one seems like a win/lose.

whorishnesswhorishness on April 27th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine who's brother is a hunter got a coyote skin in trade for some deer meat, after putting it in the garage where his smoke room was, squirrels, and raccoons immediately stopped visiting their property.
rainaranarainarana on April 27th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
Fortunately I haven't seen many squirrels, I HATE them, so not a real issue at this point. I've heard that you can buy fox urine and spray it around your yard and it repels them. You have to reapply after it rains, but it might be worth a try. Our dogs would happily kill every squirrel in existence but they're pretty destructive so not allowed in the garden section of the yard. I may try to get them to pee up there just to be sure, though.
squid_inksquid_ink on April 27th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
if you don't have pets or kids .... spray castor oil. You have to reapply after rain.

if you do have kids or pets, let them outside only after its dried and make sure they don't eat plants

castor oil is an active ingredient in ricin, it's potent stuff.

I hate using it but there are voles at my job that just will not take a hint. Nothing else short of rodenticide has worked.
lauralana9lauralana9 on April 27th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Ricin is only found in Castor beans. The ricin is removed during the cold-pressing processes they use to make oil. That said it is used as a rodent repellant, they hate the smell. As for this kids and pets since it is a laxative in large quantities I would keep it locked up.

I edited to add I actually use a mix of castor and olive oil to clean my face. My skin has never looked better.
Oil Cleansing Method

Edited at 2012-04-27 05:05 pm (UTC)
cristina: the furkidsmuirichinnahali on April 27th, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
We've been having a squirrel problem this year too. I think because it was such a mild winter here, less died off than usual. The only thing that has been helping at all are the dogs. They've rather enjoyed chasing those little bastards. I don't know if they'd know what to do it they actually caught one though. :P
Krisquiet000001 on April 27th, 2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
My friend has a tiny little Yorkie who goes NUTS about squirrels and chipmunks, but is utterly hopeless at even chasing them, plus the squirrels are about the same size he is. Picturing him getting even close to catching one is pretty hilarious.
Whitneysixxofdiamonds on April 27th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
I don't have suggestions to rid them (I have a dog and a cat who would eat them) but my brother (who was in college and renting at the time) had squirrels get into his garage and CHEW THROUGH HIS CAR'S WIRES. Twice. He caught trapped the squirrel in question and killed it but not before it did nearly $5,000 worth of damage. So get rid of them as quickly as possible.
меня зовут Клараklarenka on April 27th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
Pellet gun.
Heather A. Perryheatherp8 on April 28th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
I wish. Sadly, it's illegal to kill them here.
love the icon.
меня зовут Клараklarenka on April 28th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Le sad. :) I have fond memories of my grandfather standing on the back patio, cigarette dangling from his mouth, cup of coffee on the railing, shooting squirrels out of the trees...
Nancie: Seasonal - Spring Banjoeicnan on April 27th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
If you have a neighbor with a dog let it play in your yard once in awhile. My parents let my dog run all over their property to keep squirrels and other animals away. If I haven't brough my dog over in awhile I get a frantic they're back call. My dog is of the short bus variety and couldn't chase a squirrel to save his life but I think the urine is keeping them away.
.hellfire82 on April 27th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
call your neighborhood mad scientist; they've obviously evolved past their usual evil hijinks. the world must be warned.

lilsongbird: contentlilsongbird on April 27th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Fox urine is probably the way to go. I'm betting the repellent you got is capsicum which... Is awesome for mice and rabbits who have to walk through it. Not so useful for squirrels who climb over it. Fox urine usually scares them away. That failing... Get local regulations on trapping/hunting. Ideally live trap and move them, but some places ban that so in that case... See if a hunting permit is needed. If you go for heart shots you can clean and sell the hide, skull and eat the meat. I never have a squirrel issue because I feed the local feral cats. Any squirrels that do come around are quickly killed by cats and brought to me as a present that I cook up into cat food if the quality is questionable, or gut and pop in my freezer if it's super fresh.
Fortune depends on the tone of your voice: lavenderbopeepsheep on April 27th, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
The squirrels in my garden throw nuts at the foxes. They aren't actually scared of them, nor does the fox activity keep them out.
Non sono stato iocheez_ball on April 27th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Cayenne pepper on the top layer of dirt in your planters. And, if you're feeding the birds, stop.
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Heather A. Perryheatherp8 on April 28th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
I've tried the cayenne. so far it hasn't helped.
And no, I will not stop feeding the birds.
I love the birds.
It's the squirrels I despise.
carli410carli410 on April 27th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
It probably won't keep them totally out of your yard, but for the plants they are digging in, etc I filled a spray bottle with Franks Red Hot and sprayed the hell out of everything. Never a problem again.
christinecme2694 on April 27th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Having a dog didn't help us. Squirrels still loved to come in our yard, even after my dog caught one and killed it.
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