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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
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2014-02-02 01:38:26 PM  
meh - birds and squirrels share equal access in my yard - we also have racoons, possums, etc - its an "eat and let eat" solution.  the hawk that has appeared here since last month seems most attracted to the pond (and the fish in it)

for all the wildlife here I've never had anything nest/destroy inside the house - had a land crab come in after a hard rain, a squirrel fall down the chimney (now capped), and a "herd" of peacocks saunter into the open garage - but, if your house is letting in critters when it is closed, you are letting out money.
 
2014-02-02 01:51:39 PM  
A friend of mine has a problem with a moose raiding her bird feeder. She posted a picture of it on FB awhile back. Guess to a moose, a bird feeders worth of seed is like a candy bar.
 
2014-02-02 02:01:38 PM  

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


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2014-02-02 02:30:23 PM  

fireclown: 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.


upstate ny when i had the brass rod incident, then had them in a basement in the suburbs of boston. didn't have to kill them in boston because i luckily figured out where they were getting in, chased them out and sealed the hole. the new york house i couldn't stop them getting in, never found the hole. periodically had to kill the ones that got inside, but there'd be 20+ outside under the feeders at any given time so it was hardly a loss.
 
2014-02-02 02:39:13 PM  

AbiNormal: 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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Am I the only one who noticed the Siamese cat coming up to the door, then running like Hell?
 
2014-02-02 02:45:38 PM  
I had some squirrels invade my dryer exhaust and set up shop inside an alcove.  For a while I used to shoot them with a pellet gun but it isn't usually a quick death.

Now I just hardly ever fill up the bird feeders and let them have their way.  Apparently our yard has enough worms and insects and bushy cover that the birds still like it here.
 
2014-02-02 02:52:41 PM  

ttc2301: AbiNormal: 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.

[www.beheadingboredom.com image 322x241]

Am I the only one who noticed the Siamese cat coming up to the door, then running like Hell?


All I see is a hand with a pair of scissors setting off the trap.
 
2014-02-02 02:58:55 PM  

tlchwi02: fireclown:
Where do you people live? Ive never had a squirrel get into my place ever, and I live in the stix.

upstate ny when i had the brass rod incident, then had them in a basement in the suburbs of boston. didn't have to kill them in boston because i luckily figured out where they were getting in, chased them out and sealed the hole. the new york house i couldn't stop them getting in, never found the hole. periodically had to kill the ones that got inside, but there'd be 20+ outside under the feeders at any given time so it was hardly a loss.


Cleveland.  Squirrels are everywhere.

One of my friends found that a paintball marker would stun a squirrel at 20 feet.  Stun, bag, deposit somewhere else.
 
2014-02-02 04:17:24 PM  
Squirrels are really good at solving puzzles. They will defeat any anti-squirrel device in a matter of days through trial and error. They have tiny brains but they use the tiny bit they've got to do remarkable things, just like birds or rats (which are not all that closely related to them, appearances aside). Consider how dumb the people you know are and then watch a squirrel. It's not the size, it's how you use it.

My Father has tried several anti-squirrel devices but they always figure out a way to defeat them: anti-rat  cones on polls, hanging bird feeders from tiny branches, you name it, they work around it. Even if they fail, the birds drop a lot of seeds and suet. They can feed on the ground.

If they aren't in your attic chewing your electric wires and nesting in your old comic books, you might as well put out food for them and enjoy watching them.
 
2014-02-02 04:48:47 PM  

parasol: meh - birds and squirrels share equal access in my yard - we also have racoons, possums, etc - its an "eat and let eat" solution.  the hawk that has appeared here since last month seems most attracted to the pond (and the fish in it)

for all the wildlife here I've never had anything nest/destroy inside the house - had a land crab come in after a hard rain, a squirrel fall down the chimney (now capped), and a "herd" of peacocks saunter into the open garage - but, if your house is letting in critters when it is closed, you are letting out money.


Basically the same here, and the only invader I've had was a tiny snake.
 
2014-02-02 04:59:33 PM  

Relatively Obscure: parasol: meh - birds and squirrels share equal access in my yard - we also have racoons, possums, etc - its an "eat and let eat" solution.  the hawk that has appeared here since last month seems most attracted to the pond (and the fish in it)

for all the wildlife here I've never had anything nest/destroy inside the house - had a land crab come in after a hard rain, a squirrel fall down the chimney (now capped), and a "herd" of peacocks saunter into the open garage - but, if your house is letting in critters when it is closed, you are letting out money.

Basically the same here, and the only invader I've had was a tiny snake.


The more natural habitat the animals have to live in the less likely they are to want to move into your smelly old place.  Live in the burbs near a city and they will pay you a visit sooner or later.
 
2014-02-02 06:39:06 PM  
I don't get the squirrel hate. I think they're cute. Watching our midget dog chase them and their screwing with him is pretty entertaining. As long as they nest in the trees and not in my house, we're good. They raid the bird feeders, but we make sure the birds are fes. Don't care for raccoons our recycling bins attract. Simply because I know they'll rip the midget dog to pieces instead of running from him. Our city in the process of changing the smaller bins to large, covered bins and I'm hoping that deters the vicious bandits.
 
2014-02-02 07:28:21 PM  

lewismarktwo: ttc2301: AbiNormal: 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.

[www.beheadingboredom.com image 322x241]

Am I the only one who noticed the Siamese cat coming up to the door, then running like Hell?

All I see is a hand with a pair of scissors setting off the trap.


Inside.
 
2014-02-02 07:40:32 PM  

lewismarktwo: The more natural habitat the animals have to live in the less likely they are to want to move into your smelly old place. Live in the burbs near a city and they will pay you a visit sooner or later.


Hey!  My place isn't that old!
 
2014-02-02 08:55:26 PM  
Ever grow your own vegetables? You'll find them less cute.

They dig up everything and fill your soil with nuts.

We're trying the garbage can trick this summer. I won't kill them, but I'll gladly drive them to the edge of town.
 
2014-02-02 09:12:19 PM  

Relatively Obscure: lewismarktwo: The more natural habitat the animals have to live in the less likely they are to want to move into your smelly old place. Live in the burbs near a city and they will pay you a visit sooner or later.

Hey!  My place isn't that old!


mine is - pretty sure it isn't smelly - and I live in one of the five largest cities in the country - we do have trees, tho
 
2014-02-02 09:34:25 PM  

parasol: Relatively Obscure: lewismarktwo: The more natural habitat the animals have to live in the less likely they are to want to move into your smelly old place. Live in the burbs near a city and they will pay you a visit sooner or later.

Hey!  My place isn't that old!

mine is - pretty sure it isn't smelly - and I live in one of the five largest cities in the country - we do have trees, tho


You've had squirrels, racoons, possums, hawks attracted to the pond (and the fish in it), land crabs AND a "herd" of peacocks and you live IN one of the five largest cities in the country...  Yeah, OK.  If you say so.
 
2014-02-02 09:51:24 PM  
Hawks moved in to our backyard and the squirrels disappeared. Hawks are awesome!
 
2014-02-02 09:55:02 PM  
I have a perfectly squirrel proof setup at my house. set up a clothesline type line with a small pulley, using 120 + lb monofiliment. Use crimps to attach 5+ foot drops of 50 lb mono, with small open s hooks. Hang feeders, pull clothesline tight. No squirrels ever
 
2014-02-02 10:12:20 PM  

lewismarktwo: parasol: Relatively Obscure: lewismarktwo: The more natural habitat the animals have to live in the less likely they are to want to move into your smelly old place. Live in the burbs near a city and they will pay you a visit sooner or later.

Hey!  My place isn't that old!

mine is - pretty sure it isn't smelly - and I live in one of the five largest cities in the country - we do have trees, tho

You've had squirrels, racoons, possums, hawks attracted to the pond (and the fish in it), land crabs AND a "herd" of peacocks and you live IN one of the five largest cities in the country...  Yeah, OK.  If you say so.


yup - i do - if it helps? the city is Miami - sub tropical and all that
 
2014-02-02 10:39:17 PM  
The amount of effort that goes in to being able to say you've outsmarted a squirrel is astounding.
 
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