I can not catch this squirrel, HELP!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by RcknSAHM, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. RcknSAHM

    RcknSAHM Out Of The Brooder

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    There is a squirrel that has been eating from my garden, cutting down a broccoli plant a day! I have a live trap out there with lots of yummy noms in it but he just passes it by and helps himself to my garden, the hens dont seem to mind this little visitor but I do. How can i get rid of him? PLEASE. Also, what can I plant that the squirrel wont want? Ive noticed he avoids the garlic and onions and (so far) the cauliflower....also ate some spinach. Ive heard tomatoes they wont touch. What is my next move???
     
  2. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They most definitely WILL eat ALL the tomatoes. I would say more traps and if you can find his hole you can drop a "One Bite" poison deep in there.
     
  3. Sorin

    Sorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Squirrel! I know it's not funny, but I have dealt with a squirrel like that before and it's frustrating. Here's what I eventually did, I took rat traps, jammed a small wedge of potato on the trigger and then covered the potato with peanut butter. I tried just peanut butter but the little bugger would lick it off without setting off the trap. With the potato on there he will pull at it, and that sets off the trap. I tried the live traps and same thing, he wouldn't fall for them so I went with the deadlier type. Of course, you want to make sure nothing will be in your garden you don't want to catch or kill. Hope this helps!
     
  4. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a squirrel will only go in a double open ended trap. The rat traps work good for them too.
     
  5. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Quote:Or not. My mother had squirrels in her attic (I guess that is better than bats in your belfry [​IMG]) and I set out rat traps. Went to check them the next day, not only had they not been caught by the traps but the squirrels had somehow got the traps to snap and had carried them off. I never saw those traps again. They are pretty clever animals. [​IMG]
     
  6. Stingrayg4

    Stingrayg4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you actually see him in the garden you're probably better off just shooting him if you've got a good air rifle or a .22, traps can be a huge source of frustration. I've got some that practically live in my chicken run helping themselves to the feed. They don't seem to be the least bit bothered by the chickens and the chickens don't seem to be bothered by the squirrels. Plenty of feed to go around, I leave them alone. I might feel differently if they were helping themselves to the garden though. So far we've never had a problem with that.

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    Last edited: Apr 28, 2011
  7. GiddyMoon

    GiddyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could try the swimming pool method...5 gallon bucket filled a little more than halfway with water, pour black oil sunflower seeds in the water, enough to coat the top - they float...put a ramp up the side and over the bucket with a few scattered seeds..they will usually jump in for more and drown themselves.
     
  8. kscottjoyce

    kscottjoyce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have squirrels attacking my chicks and trying to rip holes in the screens on my porch. It is getting absolutely insane. I do not want to kill any animal but I am starting to think that a pellet gun may be necessary.
     
  9. metaluno67

    metaluno67 Out Of The Brooder

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    What kind of squriell is it? If its a fox (big with a bushy tail) I would sit near the garden with a pellet gun or 22. Chipmunks can be rid of with rat poison.
     
  10. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What you need is a gun. Please don't do the water trick if you are gonna kill it. Wouldn't you rather be shot instantly than to drown to death???
     

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