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Old 07-09-2019, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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You guys ever see this?


I thought the lid would seal it enough. Guess not. Woke up this morning and the lid was chewed and part of the bucket. So I put a heavy bucket on top and when I came home I found this.


Determined to get to those bird seeds.








Last edited by Cambium; 07-09-2019 at 05:43 PM.. Reason: typo
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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So now I got the heavy bucket INSIDE the bucket with bird seeds. Seems like it's working
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:39 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Wow, I didn’t know they eat plastic. I though only rats do that.
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:14 PM
 
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Oh, I believe it. Squirrels are rodents, after all (just like rats and mice.)

If I were storing bird seed outdoors, I'd either use a galvanized metal container or put the plastic one inside a metal one (with a lid, of course.)

That's assuming one doesn't have raccoons in the area; they are good at figuring out lids.
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:48 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I had a small plastic barrel full of ears of squirrel corn. Had the lid on it and a couple bricks on top of that. Squirrel chewed a perfectly round hole in the side and opened an "all you can eat" buffet for the other squirrels in the neighborhood. Went to the garage one morning and 4 squirrels made a quick getaway. I also had problems with the squirrels and a couple raccoons eating my tomatoes off the vines. I stood watching out the window while one squirrel ate away at one tomato.
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Wow, I didn’t know they eat plastic. I though only rats do that.
Rodent teeth are amazing.

And they MUST use them, or the teeth will grow right through their lips!
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:18 PM
 
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I got 2 metal cans with tight fitting lids on Amazon. They are like miniature old fashioned metal trash cans. No moisture & no rodents.
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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It's never happened to me, but I've read about it plenty of times. I agree with BBC. I you must store it outside, put it in a galvanized container.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:09 PM
 
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Our one cat escaped and we have been trying to trap her. We put out one of those wire animal traps, and yesterday, when I went to check it, a raccoon had evidently gone in to eat the food. The metal door was bent like a pretzel, and the plastic dish I had put inside with food was half eaten and the rest had huge teeth marks in it. Lots of the plastic was gone.

So, I guess more than squirrels chew up plastic things.
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:33 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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yup. just get the metal garbage cans. It's the only thing that'll keep the seed safe.


been there, done that.
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