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(Some Guy)   Dear Dan: Squirrels climb onto my bird feeder, eating like limber little pigs. How might I make peace with them? Dear guy: why don't you start calling the contraption a "squirrel and bird feeder"? With this new framing, your problems should go away   (danariely.com) divider line 71
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2014-02-02 09:19:18 AM  
So, an inverted plastic dome about 12 inches wide doesn't work?
 
2014-02-02 09:20:34 AM  
Twirl-a-Squirrel is effective and entertaining.
 
2014-02-02 09:20:53 AM  
You have a problem with too many squirrels on your property?  That's like having too much bacon in your refrigerator, but you didn't have to pay for it.  My advice, oven roasted.
 
2014-02-02 09:21:19 AM  
The Hershey Highway is not a one-way street anymore!
 
2014-02-02 09:21:29 AM  
Call your accomplishments goals and you'll never fail.
 
2014-02-02 09:24:20 AM  
It's called a bb gun and they taste good.
 
2014-02-02 09:25:24 AM  
Squirrels make a mighty fine gumbo. Think of it as farming.

/all animals were welcome to the food in my garden until we got Demon Murder Cat.
 
2014-02-02 09:27:56 AM  
Gopher Everett?
 
2014-02-02 09:29:16 AM  

bestie1: It's called a bb gun and they taste good.


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2014-02-02 09:29:49 AM  
One of my aunts just feeds the squirrels too.

What happens is the squirrels eat the seeds in the feeder and the birds eat the seeds and nuts on the ground.   She's okay with that.

What she is NOT okay with are the hawks that started coming around a few years ago.  She didn't like it when she brought it up and I pointed out that, by concentrating a lot of birds and squirrels in her backyard, she set up a convenient hawk feeder.
 
2014-02-02 09:31:18 AM  
Some Coke Drinking Guy and Bestie1 beat me to the punch./f'in tree rats.//do NOT mess with my tufted tit mouses.
 
2014-02-02 09:31:33 AM  
Or you could, yaknow, put out some corn cobs for the tree rodents to distract them from your birdseed.
 
2014-02-02 09:34:19 AM  
I bought a couple live traps yesterday for that reason. $25 for 2 at TSC. Put a couple dried corn cobs around and inside. Hopefully I'll be dropping off a few squirrels down the road in a few days.

I have no problem with killing rodents, I just can't guarantee a clean kill with a pellet gun. And I don't have a pellet gun, the traps were a little cheaper.
 
2014-02-02 09:37:17 AM  
Rodents, the lot of them. Delicious ones too, or so the friend I give them to swears. I use a .22, but I also live out of town... If you live in town, "make peace" with something from here: http://www.airgundepot.com/popular-airguns.html
 
2014-02-02 09:38:39 AM  
Rodents, the lot of them. If in town use a .177, if in the country use a .22. Give to a friend to skin and eat. Rodent problem solved. (he swears they're delicious)
 
2014-02-02 09:41:24 AM  
Baffles work pretty well, and be sure to position the feeders well away from anywhere the squirrels can jump from (trees, outbuildings etc).

Putting out special food 'just for the squirrels' doesn't work - the little buggers scarf up everything.

Trapping and moving squirrels elsewhere, apart from being illegal, isn't effective either.
 
2014-02-02 09:41:43 AM  
Birds don't like D-Con.
 
2014-02-02 09:50:58 AM  
My bro-in-law had a bird feeder hanging outside the window of his den, where he watches TV.  He saw that a squirrel had learned to climb a nearby tree, leap to the feeder, then leap back. So he rigged a cord on a pulley to the feeder, in order to yank the feeder back toward the house, from inside.

Then he waited for the squirrel to jump over, and pulled the cord while it was in mid-air. And the squirrel ate bricks, instead of birdseed.  Not the ideal solution, but the funniest one I've heard.
 
2014-02-02 09:51:06 AM  
I watched a program on discovery or NOVA years ago about squirrels and they had a team of engineers try and make a squirrel proof bird feeder. Eventually the engineers gave up and decided to see how complicated an obstacle course they could get the damn things to run through.

/Very entertaining show.
 
2014-02-02 09:57:09 AM  
My birdfeeder is on a light metal pole. Can't climb it and jumping to it is a bad idea. Strong enough to hold a bunch of birds, weak enough to slingshot a jumping squirrel across the yard.
 
2014-02-02 09:58:18 AM  

SoupJohnB: My bro-in-law had a bird feeder hanging outside the window of his den, where he watches TV.  He saw that a squirrel had learned to climb a nearby tree, leap to the feeder, then leap back. So he rigged a cord on a pulley to the feeder, in order to yank the feeder back toward the house, from inside.

Then he waited for the squirrel to jump over, and pulled the cord while it was in mid-air. And the squirrel ate bricks, instead of birdseed.  Not the ideal solution, but the funniest one I've heard.


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2014-02-02 10:00:01 AM  
Put hot peppers, or at least their seeds, in the bird feeder. They don't affect birds, but will teach rodents who's boss.
 
2014-02-02 10:02:38 AM  

uncoveror: Put hot peppers, or at least their seeds, in the bird feeder. They don't affect birds, but will teach rodents who's boss.


That only attracts record numbers of invading Mexican squirrels.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-02-02 10:04:13 AM  
AbiNormal

You are probably thinking of "Daylight Robbery", a 1991 BBC documentary.
 
2014-02-02 10:05:13 AM  

ZAZ: AbiNormal

You are probably thinking of "Daylight Robbery", a 1991 BBC documentary.


That's the one.
 
2014-02-02 10:10:51 AM  

Mister Peejay: One of my aunts just feeds the squirrels too.

What happens is the squirrels eat the seeds in the feeder and the birds eat the seeds and nuts on the ground.   She's okay with that.

What she is NOT okay with are the hawks that started coming around a few years ago.  She didn't like it when she brought it up and I pointed out that, by concentrating a lot of birds and squirrels in her backyard, she set up a convenient hawk feeder.


I like the sight of hawks.  It means they are clearing the field behind me of mice, which means no mice in my house once the weather turns cold.  If the mice do get in, I have a cat waiting, just waiting for a mouse.
 
2014-02-02 10:12:52 AM  
I'd rather have squirrels around than birds.
 
2014-02-02 10:13:49 AM  

Some Coke Drinking Guy: You have a problem with too many squirrels on your property?  That's like having too much bacon in your refrigerator, but you didn't have to pay for it.  My advice, oven roasted.


I am sure people would love the sight of me with the .22 shooting squirrel.  In this neighborhood it could be pulled off.  I have trapped a bunch of them.

Now the girl friend's house is another story. It's in the country and there are fewer squirrels.  Out there I have been at odds with the chipmunks who have destroyed so much.  the .22 and the .22 "rat shot" has works very well.  that "rat shot"  works and it doesn't make a mess of the rodents.  Dropped every one of them like a stone and only had a few that bled more than a few drops.  The shot it self doesn't damage much else and it isn't effective beyond 20 feet.
 
2014-02-02 10:15:08 AM  
How is the financing in this, bird seeds are cheaper pr. kg than squirrel meat ?
 
2014-02-02 10:15:39 AM  
Wah. Animals live on the planet with me.Sniff
 
2014-02-02 10:16:36 AM  

Ebenator: This popped up on my newsfeed this morning.  Poor little fella:
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Another farker that needs a refill on his medication.
 
2014-02-02 10:35:22 AM  

Tillmaster: Trapping and moving squirrels elsewhere, apart from being illegal, isn't effective either.


No idea of the legality, however I can attest to the effectiveness.  I trapped and relocated 13 squirrels in two weeks from my yard a few years ago.  They were destroying my garden. The key is, you have to get them far enough away.  There were multiple big parks 7-10 miles away in my town.  The squirrels did not return that year, or the next.  The third year after, I did finally see one or two again.  Not bad for a $40 live trap and some peanut butter.
 
2014-02-02 10:36:24 AM  
My theory: When people own property and/or have 'lawns' they turn mental.
They'll happily hurt animals because said animals bother them in some trivial way and will give the animals monikers like 'tree rat' or 'vermin' to assuage their consciences.
It's as if they feel they're living in the Old West and those gul dern injuns, oops - I mean squirrels, are coming to take away their hard-earned life.
There exists a desire to dominate Nature to present a perfect pretty picture. When one starts hurting animals in order to preserve it then perhaps one should reevaluate a few things in their life.
So a squirell ate some bird seed and now you're gonna maim it or put it's eye out? Yes, I saw you jump for joy when you heard lead hit fur. Sick.
 
2014-02-02 10:45:43 AM  

NutWrench: Twirl-a-Squirrel is effective and entertaining.


HELP! JANE! STOP THIS CRAZY THING!!!!!
 
2014-02-02 10:46:44 AM  

Porous Horace: My theory: When people own property and/or have 'lawns' they turn mental.


I'm good with them being outside.  When they get into my attic and chew up my book collection, I'm sorry but those farkers gonna die.
 
2014-02-02 10:47:49 AM  

Mister Peejay: One of my aunts just feeds the squirrels too.

What happens is the squirrels eat the seeds in the feeder and the birds eat the seeds and nuts on the ground.   She's okay with that.

What she is NOT okay with are the hawks that started coming around a few years ago.  She didn't like it when she brought it up and I pointed out that, by concentrating a lot of birds and squirrels in her backyard, she set up a convenient hawk feeder.


I feed birds in my backyard and it's now a cat hangout too. The other day I was watching the birds and they suddenly scattered, a couple of them flying in a panic into my windows. One second later this hawk comes swooping in, and crashing thru the shrub where a bunch of the birds had gone to hide. Very dramatic, and I'm happy to say the hawk failed to catch any. I'm thinking of putting a canopy over the feeder so it doesn't look so much like a hawk buffet.
 
2014-02-02 10:52:04 AM  
We just live trap them and release out of town.

But, as mentioned earlier, people say they are good eatin'.
 
2014-02-02 11:01:17 AM  

jjorsett: Very dramatic, and I'm happy to say the hawk failed to catch any. I'm thinking of putting a canopy over the feeder so it doesn't look so much like a hawk buffet.


Hawks need to eat too, and there's less of them.  I'd think it was pretty neat if I attracted a hawk to my feeder.  I mean really, we have enough sparrows and squirrels to go around.
 
2014-02-02 11:03:59 AM  

Porous Horace: My theory: When people own property and/or have 'lawns' they turn mental.
They'll happily hurt animals because said animals bother them in some trivial way and will give the animals monikers like 'tree rat' or 'vermin' to assuage their consciences.
It's as if they feel they're living in the Old West and those gul dern injuns, oops - I mean squirrels, are coming to take away their hard-earned life.
There exists a desire to dominate Nature to present a perfect pretty picture. When one starts hurting animals in order to preserve it then perhaps one should reevaluate a few things in their life.
So a squirell ate some bird seed and now you're gonna maim it or put it's eye out? Yes, I saw you jump for joy when you heard lead hit fur. Sick.


It's good to be absolute monarch of your 10x12 plot. Like Herod in Quick in the Dead, no one lives or dies on your property unless you allow it.
 
2014-02-02 11:07:17 AM  
By relocating them away from their food storage you are simply providing them via a slow starvation death away from your property.

/nttawwt
 
2014-02-02 11:24:49 AM  
Can we just have fun with the little ninja bastards? Set up squirrel obsticle courses?
 
2014-02-02 11:56:39 AM  
If only there were some sort of solution to pests.

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2014-02-02 12:05:20 PM  
Squirrels? This is how you make peace with them....

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= nice, peaceful squirrels afterward.
 
2014-02-02 12:07:45 PM  
Just get the fur-bearin' varmints their own feeder.

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2014-02-02 12:08:59 PM  

NutWrench: Twirl-a-Squirrel is effective and entertaining.


Have got to get one of those.
 
2014-02-02 12:16:47 PM  

Porous Horace: My theory: When people own property and/or have 'lawns' they turn mental.
They'll happily hurt animals because said animals bother them in some trivial way and will give the animals monikers like 'tree rat' or 'vermin' to assuage their consciences.


Chewing through my roof and making nests in my attic is not trivial.

Raising families in the insulation of my cellar and defecating on every surface in my basement is not trivial.

Ruining every fruit and vegetable in my garden is not trivial.

Spreading disease and excrement where my kids play is not trivial.

Go hug a rat someplace else, you filthy hippie.
 
2014-02-02 12:21:05 PM  

ReverendJasen: Tillmaster: Trapping and moving squirrels elsewhere, apart from being illegal, isn't effective either.

No idea of the legality, however I can attest to the effectiveness.  I trapped and relocated 13 squirrels in two weeks from my yard a few years ago.  They were destroying my garden. The key is, you have to get them far enough away.  There were multiple big parks 7-10 miles away in my town.  The squirrels did not return that year, or the next.  The third year after, I did finally see one or two again.  Not bad for a $40 live trap and some peanut butter.


If you get rid of the squirrels then who will defend us from Godzilla?
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2014-02-02 12:22:31 PM  

Mister Peejay: Porous Horace: My theory: When people own property and/or have 'lawns' they turn mental.

I'm good with them being outside.  When they get into my attic and chew up my book collection, I'm sorry but those farkers gonna die.


thats my opinion. when they get into the pantry and eat all of the bread and crackers, thats the line. also, i can't figure out how to trap them. the have a heart traps are useless, so shooting (or beating them to death with a brass rod in one memorable evening) seems to be the only way to deal with them
 
2014-02-02 12:54:22 PM  

tlchwi02: Mister Peejay: Porous Horace: My theory: When people own property and/or have 'lawns' they turn mental.

I'm good with them being outside.  When they get into my attic and chew up my book collection, I'm sorry but those farkers gonna die.

thats my opinion. when they get into the pantry and eat all of the bread and crackers, thats the line. also, i can't figure out how to trap them. the have a heart traps are useless, so shooting (or beating them to death with a brass rod in one memorable evening) seems to be the only way to deal with them


Where do you people live? Ive never had a squirrel get into my place ever, and I live in the stix.
 
2014-02-02 01:13:20 PM  

uncoveror: Put hot peppers, or at least their seeds, in the bird feeder. They don't affect birds, but will teach rodents who's boss.


My mother came home with some product like that yesterday... 1 TBSP into 1 lb of bird feed... Birds I guess cannot taste hot chillies but the squirrels can and don't like it.
 
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