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Old 03-16-2011, 03:51 PM
 
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Squirrels are my sworn enemies and I never imagined feeding them. I keep my trash can lid tight and no other foods besides the bird feeder in my yard. My wife would want to remove the bird feeder. I think my next door neighbor was the cause of the squirrels getting bold. They had dog foods in their yard and I once saw a squirrel family having a picnic over the dog food bowl. The other days, I was at Home Depot and saw rat glue boards. Would that work on squirrels?
But maybe the kids eat outside and inadvertently feed them? It really takes a lot for a squirrel to get that bold.

But no, glue traps won't work any better than a BB gun. Worse, actually, because if the squirrel actually gets stuck in the trap to where it can't get out, you will then have a pissed off squirrel with razor sharp teeth squirming around on your patio and raising a ruckus until you can figure out how to get rid of it. Even if you can figure out a way to pick it up without losing a finger, you can't exactly flush it. And anyway, unless you plan to glue trap a few hundred of them, and even if you do, it's a very temporary solution at best. And most people who try glue traps outside discover that they are best at trapping small birds of the federally protected sort.

If the neighbors have dog food out, then I'd probably be more concerned about the rats that are probably also invading your yard. Remember, squirrels are just rats in trees, and where there's food for lots of squirrels, there are probably rats too.
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:26 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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If the neighbors have dog food out, then I'd probably be more concerned about the rats that are probably also invading your yard.
Now that's one thing I really can't stand -- the dirty rats!!!

But this is a really good point: preventive measures as if they are rats. Tight trashcan lids, find the hiding places, trim the bottoms of shrubs, etc.

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Remember, squirrels are just rats in trees . ..
Never quite thought of them that way . . . and they looked so cute with those bushy tails
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County
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This is grasping, but I know this works for bird feeders. If you have railings on your deck, try hanging a Slinky from the railing and let it hang down toward the ground. The bouncing of the Slinky will frighten the squirrels if they come too close.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Novastan
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Default Squirrel Terminator

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Is it illegal in FFX county to kill squirrels with BB gun? I was thinking about it after one squirrel literally stole a piece of pizza out of my daughter's hand on my deck. They have always been a nuisance for eating bird seeds out of the bird feeder, digging newly planted seeds from the flower pots, but they got into my nerve after the pizza incident. Is there any others ways to keep them off my deck beside killing them?
As long as you have a food source like bird seed, you will have squirrels. Even if you manage to 'persuade' a few of them off your deck, you still won't put a dent in the squirrel population. They are fearful of predators like hawks etc but I don't think a falconer is really feasible.

Basically, stop putting birdseed out.

It sounds like you have assertive, pizza loving squirrels. I hope they don't figure out how to call for delivery!
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:38 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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You can send them over to my house. I love squirrelies.



But then I have pet rats.



Just curious - why are birds (minus pigeons, that is) considered better than squirrels? I like squirrels better.

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Get a dog. The squirrels leave a 10 foot perimeter beyond our yard, because our dog has prey drive out the wazoo. They don't even go in the trees in our yard, let alone on our lawn or patio!

(Of course, my dog would try to eat pizza out of your daughter's hand too, so that might not solve your problem).
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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I had the same problem at our previous house. I learned about diversion feeding, and we ended up getting special squirrel feeders and they ended up deciding that corn cobs were better than any bird seed or human food we had available. But, we did have to keep it stocked well. They can be crazy, but they are a lot better than Seagulls! In the end, my yard had a nice variety of birds and squirrels that left each other alone. I never had hamsters growing up, but sure felt like I had pet hamsters in the yard after a point. We even had one squirrel that would let us know that we needed to fill up the peanuts in one of the feeders apparently his favorite...he would come over and tug my pant leg when I was gardening. We even had neighborhood kids help fill up feeders and watch all the commotion. I hope that they are still taking good care of the fluffy rats!

Squirrel Facts and Diversion Feeding
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Afghanistan
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When is that squirrel going to get a manecure???
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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We have oaks so plenty of squirrels.
My dog enjoys the pursuit.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Afghanistan
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I can eat at most 3 in any one sitting.
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