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Old 06-10-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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Probably.

This common fertilizer is composed of <hold your lunch> dead cows. As it was told to me, the squirrel, being a smaller creature, knows that something very large died and thus reasons that he is an easy target and avoids the area.

So, if that is true, a rabbit would sense the same thing. I have heard that it can attract vultures and dogs, but I have not had that problem.

You could also get a Havahart trap and simply trap and relocate them to a state park. I have done that when the population hits a high point and it looks like a convention.
Thanks for the info, I really appreciate it.

And let's just say that my back yard (with early veggie garden) is beginning to look like an all-you-can-eat buffet for squirrels and bunnies. A little dead cow sounds like the perfect addition to the menu.
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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[quote=Moth;14557412]Probably.


So, if that is true, a rabbit would sense the same thing. I have heard that it can attract vultures and dogs, but I have not had that problem.


I haven't had any issues with rabbits getting into my herbs that are at ground-level (others including veggies are planted in containers), but I do use blood and bone meal for all my container and ground herbs and veggies. I can attest that my dog goes nuts over the blood and bone meal, and will dig in the dirt and get her nose in there if I don't stop her. The smell fades for her over the next few days, but I still watch her. She's torn up my hard work in a matter of minutes when left unattended.
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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The squirrels won here, and we are only guests in our back yard.

So, now I relax in my lawn chair, look up into the 100+ yr. old English Walnut trees and count squirrels, instead of sheep, then doze off.

That's awesome



busta
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Three years ago when we had 6 weeks of 100 + temps and no rain the squirrels ate all of my tomatoes and peppers. Its the only time they have ever done that, and they haven't done it since. The creek dried up that summer, and a late spring freeze had zapped the oaks and hickory trees on my property and there were no acorns or nuts for them to eat
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Old 06-12-2010, 04:39 PM
 
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Moth-- thanks for the tip.. I will try that. To be fair, it looks like more toms are coming in than they can keep up with, plus I'm picking lots of them unripe (just starting to turn)- & letting them ripen inside. And they haven't stolen any in several days, so maybe they got tired of them? So it looks like I'm getting something for my efforts after all.
My comment about the battle that can't be won-- that was referring to ALL the odds that are against us trying to eke out a garden here in TX.....
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Old 06-13-2010, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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BTW- what useful purpose do squirrels have anyway----except keeping bird seed retailers and farmers stands and markets in business.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:14 AM
 
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BTW- what useful purpose do squirrels have anyway----except keeping bird seed retailers and farmers stands and markets in business.
They bury all those acorns that fall and thus contribute to reforestation.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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And they do provide food for those higher up on the food chain, like raptors, foxes, bobcats, bears, etc. But few people want those hanging out in their yards.
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:55 AM
 
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Explains the loitering foxes and hovering hawks in my neck of the burbs.
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