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Squirrel battle
« on: June 11, 2016, 07:44:34 AM »
The last several years of harsh winters and shitty springs and yielded me very little in the way of outdoor fruit.  What little the trees did manage to push, most were ruined by squirrels.  I'd spy the little bastards bounding across the backyard with an unripened fruit hanging from its mouth.  This year, fruit is abundant on all the trees and I vowed that the little assholes were not going to ruin it.

After shooting one with a pellet gun, I realized that I would not win my war in this fashion.  I could not be outdoors 24/7.  After a little internet searching, I decided upon plain old rat traps.  Now some people went balls out with their traps...increasing spring tension, nails sticking up to give a double wammy punch, and some even camouflaged them.  Me?  Nope.  I just zip tied the traps to a limb low enough to catch their attention but not low enough to interest the dogs.  Baited them with some peanut butter and 1/2 a peanut, set and forget.  Put one each in a pear, plum, nectarine, apple, and two peach.

It's been about 1 week with no activity...until this morning.  Got the first greedy, sneaky, little bastard obviously on his way to check out his future ill-gotten gains in the apple tree.  Not this time Rocky!  Looked like a pretty clean and quick kill...which is good.  Bottom-line?  I'm encouraged with this low-cost solution so far.  Now I have to go dispose of the body before my Buddhist-sensitive wife sees it hanging from the trap. 

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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2016, 08:55:10 AM »
I use common rat traps in my macadamia trees for tree rats.  They are on a 8 ft stick with a hanger to hang from a limb. I had to put a screen around the trap because I caught several birds that were checking out the bait.  Screened trap has a rat sized hole so they can enter, but birds stay out. 

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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2016, 10:05:15 AM »
I, like you, was determined not lose my mangos this year to the squirrels.  last year I went with the pellet gun with mixed success(you can't be out there every second they are). This year I got the catch and release traps from tractor supply(don't waste your money with the ones from harbour freight).  Now after 1week and 29 squirrels later I think I am squirrel free and the local park has a bigger squirrel attraction for the people who love to feed squirrels!

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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2016, 01:29:06 PM »
I, like you, was determined not lose my mangos this year to the squirrels.  last year I went with the pellet gun with mixed success(you can't be out there every second they are). This year I got the catch and release traps from tractor supply(don't waste your money with the ones from harbour freight).  Now after 1week and 29 squirrels later I think I am squirrel free and the local park has a bigger squirrel attraction for the people who love to feed squirrels!

That is what works for me. I have a trap set now with a squirrel half eaten avocado for bait.

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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2016, 02:20:46 PM »
Here in San Diego I am not allowed to shoot a BB gun or pellet gun anywhere in my neighborhood and the cost of professional exterminators is prohibitively high when it comes to squirrels.  One quote was almost $400 for three days of trapping with no guarantees.
I've used the Rat Zapper with good success, but a Rat Zapper baited with peanuts is no match for a squirrel going after peaches or oranges.
I like the idea of placing rat traps in the fruit trees, but I'm also afraid of birds getting caught by mistake.
It's technically illegal to live trap and relocate the squirrels, but I think I'll give it another try because I'm tired of seeing them run off with my fruit in their mouths.  Of course, because of the nighttime visitors (possum, skunk, racoon) I'll have to limit the live trapping to daylight hours when I'm home to monitor the trap.
I now know people in the neighborhood have been feeding the squirrels because I just tried to chase one out of the yard and it scampered up to me like it was looking for a meal.

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2016, 02:45:00 PM »
After two years of 90% stonefruit lost to squirrels, I too entered this year with a "never again" attitude. I got 4 Havahart traps and have been catching squirrels regularly since January - I'd guess around 100 kills in that time. What I've learned is that squirrels are territorial, but it only takes a few days for new squirrels to move into a vacancy. There is an infinite supply of squirrels in my neigorhood with all the abundant oak trees. I think the measure of success is how aggressive the current occupants are, and whether they have a litter of young.

This month, as my apricots and nectarines were approaching ripeness, I had just killed three squirrels and then enjoyed a nice streak of two days with no siqn of squirrels. Then I went out one morning and counted SIX little bastards in my apricot tree at once, with fruit carnage all around. As they ran up the tree it was obviously there was one adult and five little ones. I might have been better off with the two adult squirrels that were here the week before!

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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2016, 07:47:24 PM »
Dont know how high your trees are to first branches but if the branches were higher than squirrels could jump then a bit of plastic or tin around the trunk may prevent them climbing, if not maybe some snares sitting on top of the branches tied from above so as they run along the branch they are almost gauranteed to poke there neck through it. Could set one or multiples on every branch in the tree, heavy fishing line or light wire would make it cheap and was to knock up heaps of them and require no maintenance unless it catches one. Just a thought.

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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2016, 08:07:51 PM »
i should have never rescued that little orphan squirrel, now when I go to kill the bushy tailed bandits, i think of him every time!

I let them get a running start before shooting with my new Ruger pellet gun (one pump 1000-1200 fps)..I haven't killed one yet..but it's fun to shoot cans in the meantime...

if i end up killing a squirrel, I'm feeding it to my dogs for sure...(just freeze them for 2-3 weeks to kill any parasites before feeding)
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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2016, 01:52:29 PM »
Youtube has numerous videos featuring these homemade traps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xcTB8XY9Yc
   I pretty much have already wiped out my neighborhood squirrels, but if I go back to work full time again, I'm gonna set up a few of these "squirrel poles" to watch over my place in my absence.

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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2016, 03:57:32 PM »
Havahart traps worked for a while with me but exclusion is the best method thus far- lots of work but I enjoy it. I make individual cages for each mango. And for bunches of em.....bigger cages :D. Still have my gamo igt whisper for those buggers when I see em. And a Hatsan vortex pistol for portability.
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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2016, 11:14:07 PM »
I, like you, was determined not lose my mangos this year to the squirrels.  last year I went with the pellet gun with mixed success(you can't be out there every second they are). This year I got the catch and release traps from tractor supply(don't waste your money with the ones from harbour freight).  Now after 1week and 29 squirrels later I think I am squirrel free and the local park has a bigger squirrel attraction for the people who love to feed squirrels!

I love to feed on squirrels too, so where is this park that you free these Redneck KFC candidates???🐿🐿🐿Next time I am in Melbourne for crabbing and fly fishing for Bull Redfish in the Mosquitos Lagoon; I will mention that you send me!😇
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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2016, 04:38:05 PM »
We fought a never-ending battle with the "fluffy tailed fruit rats" last year. This year Mother Nature lent a hand in the form of a pair of Red-Tailed Hawks that patrol our neighborhood for squirrels. I watched them pluck several squirrels out of surrounding trees and fly away with them one afternoon. They've dropped a couple in our neighborhood. But usually a 500 ft drop cures them of any fruit scavenging (and pretty much everything else as well).
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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2016, 09:26:31 PM »
Lucky you DeeMango!

Here's an article about making your yard an owl yard friendly, thus helping to control squirrel/other critters population:

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/attracting-owls-to-garden.htm

And here's a not too complicated way to make your own "owl box":

http://curbstonevalley.com/blog/?p=5012

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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #13 on: April 08, 2021, 10:19:06 AM »
I also had problems with squirrels, but I decided to do it more consistently-I by hired professionals. They destroyed my mini vegetable garden, which I liked to dig in for fun. It's kind of a hobby for me. I tried to drive them away, but it's not so easy to do when they were lured by something. I decided not to waste any more time on this, and as I said above, I turned to professionals for the removal of squirrels. Their page can be viewed here https://tulsa.aaacwildliferemoval.com/squirrel-removal. So I didn't see any more squirrels in my garden.
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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #14 on: April 08, 2021, 11:46:07 AM »

But, what about the electronic repellers? Anybody have success with them? I lost a lot of my fruit last year to squirrels. I was told that trapping them wouldn't help because other squiirrels just move in to take their place. I  bought some elctronic devices but haven't had to use them yet.

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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2021, 12:03:46 PM »
On another thread, someone showed an A18 rodent killer.  Looked good.
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Re: Squirrel battle
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2021, 01:51:21 PM »
Squirrels, deer, coons, birds, you name it we've got them all. Add to that freezes, hail 6x per yr, wind, etc we've got all that also. Guess what 15 yrs in my greenhouse and I haven't seen a varmint or hail damaged fruit yet. Hasn't been below 34F. Buying a greenhouse was the best money I ever spent..!! And it's given me the best fruit I've ever eaten.

My next project will be a greenhouse within the greenhouse to dial in the best conditions for mango. The current setup allows 900 chill hrs in 45 days and the a 320 day warm sunny growing season. That will produce mango but I'd like to bypass the chilling and warm the nights October thru April. Summers are already perfect for mango.

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