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Old 12-04-2015, 08:11 AM   #1
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Critter Control

I full time, over 5 years now, and my home base site is covered up with chipmunks and squirrels. While they are both cute to watch, this past spring something got inside my enclosed belly area and died. The smell would have kept me from going inside at all and not even thinking about sleeping in it. The methane gas produced from the decay set my co/propane detector off if the windows and exhaust fans were off even for a few minutes. I had to disconnect the power to the detector for the 8-10 days it took for the odor to stop.

Now to this year. These critters are all busy getting ready for winter and they are everywhere. Squirrel's on the roof taking a shortcut from one tree to another. I have cut a couple of branches to stop most of this. I put out every type of product known to man and to local "old wives" to make them go elsewhere, all with no success. Trapping has been tried, but no success here either.

So I'm going to get flamed for this I'm sure, but a new .22 cal pellet rifle with a scope arrived two days ago. And yesterday I reduced the population. Chipmunks -4, Squirrels -1. This morning I don't see any out and about which they are by this time of day.

Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do and before anyone asks pellet guns are permitted at my home base area. I know some residents protect their homes here with .22 rifles, but that is just too much firepower in a residential environment in my opinion. Besides, this pellet rifle will put a pellet through a 3/4" pine board at 30 yds so I don't need anything more.

Now back to my perch by the back window and a cup of coffee for a few.
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Old 12-04-2015, 08:37 AM   #2
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Get a cat! Mine loves chipmunks!
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Old 12-04-2015, 10:33 AM   #3
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My dog loves squirrels and coons. They stay far away.

We have some red squirrels that are meen, i never seen them on the ground.
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:05 AM   #4
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Ah yes, but do eat what you kill?
Anyone have recipes?

Now you will have to keep at it as they just move in from around about.

I use a .177 pellet gun around the house when they start chewing on the house.
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:31 AM   #5
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Squirrel got into a friends rig and did $3,500 in damage to wiring and pex pipes
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Time to start thinking about the 2016 World Champion Squirrel Cook-Off!
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BTW, our next door neighbor annually water-jets down the squirrel nests in the oak trees because otherwise their babies return to the general area (e.g., same tree) to nest. Doesn't eliminate them, but certainly helps control the population!
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That's a great idea, Hattie!
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Ah yes, but do eat what you kill?
Anyone have recipes?

Now you will have to keep at it as they just move in from around about.

I use a .177 pellet gun around the house when they start chewing on the house.
Chipmunks = fertilizer
Squirrel, gut, skin, batter & fry like chicken
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My .177 pellet gun will put a rabbit down at forty yards. Pigeons at fifty. Scary accurate and mucho power for a "pellet" rifle.
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