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Old 01-14-2016, 09:11 PM   #1
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Dad-gum squirrels

I know that this is a strange question but does anyone have problems with the pesky squirrels,I cought one underneath the slide topper today trying to make a nest? The fiver is parked under the shelter that I built.I am in the city limits so I can't shoot them any comments would be helpful,thanks.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:01 PM   #2
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Pellet gun legal in your city limits? That's what I use around my property to keep the critters at bay but I'm outta town.
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Old 01-14-2016, 10:51 PM   #3
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Close up the slide for a few weeks.

Moth balls around here do not work, they pick them up and haul them off.

Do you have cat? If so, grab a little dirty litter and spread it on the roof, possibly on a piece of cardboard.
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Big name hardware stores have hawk & owl decoys. Mount one on top of the camper. I have a fake hawk mounted on a old shovel handle in my rear garden. I had problems with squirrels and chipmunks and it solved the problem. If you really want to go hi tech, they also make owl decoys that are motion activated.
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Pellet gun legal in your city limits? That's what I use around my property to keep the critters at bay but I'm outta town.
That's what I do with the rabbits around my house!

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Each spring the birds try to nest in the space under the toppers when we're stored. I plug the openings with nerf footballs and put "whirly-gigs" at the ends of the rollers.
So far no issues with squirrels.
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I have trouble with squirrels every fall! They hang by their toes and gnaw away at the facia trying to get into the attic. I made a $10 purchase at Harbor Freight for a small live trap. I bait it with bread and dog biscuits. I usually catch 8 to 10 every season. I turn them loose in the park or keep them for a good gumbo. I'll never be able to get rid of them without cutting down all the live oak trees on the property, so it ain't gonna happen. Naturally, I don't want to involve the PD so no guns in the subdivision...besides you have to worry about where the bullets go. No point shooting up the house!
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An old Canadian friend taught me a trick for Chipmunks. They burrow under patio slabs and generally chew and tear stuff up. The trick! Fill a 5gal plastic bucket about 1/2 full and dump a cup or 2 of black sunflower seeds into the bucket. The seeds will float and the bucket will look like its half full of seeds, which the critters love. Place the bucket near a step or something about the height of the bucket and place a 2x6 or short piece of lumber from the structure to the edge of the bucket. Sprinkle some seeds on the plank and step near the bucket. Now go to work or watch the game on tv. You don't need to service the setup as it resets its self. The victim jumps in for a snack, can't get out, swims for a while, and then lights out. Sinks to the bottom and the seeds quickly spread out on top of the water.

Works great for chipmunks and I suspect for ground squirrels too. May seem extreme or even cruel but after a couple thousand $$'s repairing a sunken entry slab or cement patio you'll feel more comfortable with exterminating the little buggers.

PS before implementing the "bucket" I used a live trap and relocated more than 25 chipmunks on my way to work each day and a couple miles away on weekends. Some say they find their way home, but the truth is they breed like mice.
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In one summer and fall I took out 117 chipmunks from my front and back yard in INdy where we lived at the time. Had a clip board in the garage and put a hash mark for each caught or killed. Considered the pellet gun and took out 5 or 6 that way but the risk of an errant shot bouncing toward a neighbors window caused me to switch to the "bucket" after the live trap was just not keeping up with the problem. The high count for the bucket was 7 on a work day and 11 on a weekend [from 8am to 8pm]. Count dropped for a while and discovered my kids were disabling the trap after I left for work. Had to suspend the war for a couple weeks until they lost interest in their anti war efforts.

I probably didn't get them all, but certainly made a huge dent in getting the population down. Pretty much took care of any future damage until we retired and moved south 11 years ago. May have to reactivate the bucket as ground squirrels are eating most of the corn around my am/pm auto deer feeder. I use the deer feeder to consentrate deer below my bay window so the grandkids can watch them, I don't hunt.
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We don't have any chipmunks down here in Southeast Louisiana. Between all the rain we get and the high water table, they would drown if they burrow under slabs and such. They always outsmart the hunters in the nearby Honey Island Swamp, I Always thought chipmunks were cute, but then I thought gray squirrels were cute, too...until they gnawed into my attic. I ended up trapping those & relocating them to the park. Several hundred $ later and the facia replaced and painted, I now refer to them as "tree rats".

I don't think your bucket trap would work on these guys ... they can jump vertically at least 6 feet into the air and get into the bird feeder, plus they leap 20 to 30 feet going tree to tree. They also seem to have a keen eye for hitting the mark when throwing acorns and pine cones at you when you get in range.

Yes, they also breed like mice. Like the chipmunks, they are all rodents.

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