Squirrels in my feeders/gardens!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by scrimmer, May 2, 2019.

  1. ElJay370

    ElJay370 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    49
    Posts:
    328
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2018
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    It takes quite a bit of behavioral reinforcement to teach an animal to do/not do something. You must've shot this dog a least a dozen times in order to get him to associate walking into your yard with a jolt of pain. Yeah, that's mean.

    It's obvious from your other posts that you don't care very much for the dog's owners. Kinda seems like you're taking it out on the dog.
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2019
    Bones and Boubou like this.
  2. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    48,138
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2009
    Location:
    Kelowna, BC, Canuckistan
    Note to self. Add to the list of threads I shouldn't create: any thing to do with squirrels, or any varmint folk like to shoot at.
     
    24 track, scrimmer and Bones like this.
  3. otterhound

    otterhound Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,509
    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2008
    Location:
    Manheim Pa.
    Run a Slinky up the pole . Attach it near the top . Squirrel can't climb a Slinky . Find Terrier and let it work . Both methods work quite well .
     
    uriah1 likes this.
  4. GGardner

    GGardner Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,020
    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2017
    Location:
    NJ
    We have something like that. Doesn't work for us. The squirrels hit it, make all the seeds spill out, and then eat the spilt seeds off the ground.
     
    Piggy Stu and uriah1 like this.
  5. Boubou

    Boubou Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    10,471
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2005
    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec
    Who would have thunk that bird feeding could turn so violent.
    Birds, squirrels, rabbits, ducks, and now turkey, everyone eats at our feeders
     
    brookdalebill likes this.
  6. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    18,141
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Location:
    Houston
    Squirrel Karma is a terrible thing. I thought hosing them with the jet setting would keep them from chewing the tips of my Cedar tree dropping tons of it in my pool. It was great fun blasting them until I slipped on the edge of the pool, busted my knee on the edge and went in for an unplanned swim. 6 weeks in a knee brace. They are harvesting our Peach tree right now. They are going to do what they want unless they are trapped & moved or killed. I tried rubber snakes, a motion detecting "frog" that croaks if they get close and all the sprays, nets and other "solutions". Nothing works except what I mentioned.
     
    GGardner likes this.
  7. sardinista

    sardinista TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    66
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2019
    Location:
    Bay Area, CA
    I shot him twice. On the third occasion I merely pointed the (pellet) gun at him and he ran away. He hasn’t been back since. That was a few months ago. Problem solved. I know he’s fine because I hear him barking every single night.

    Look, respectfully, I don’t know you, and even if I did, I wouldn’t care that you think I’m mean. The ONLY reason I brought this up is that the OP mentioned a BB gun as a possible solution but that he didn’t want to kill the squirrels — an admirable goal. I wanted him to know that a pellet or a BB would sting [badly] a dog, but would likely kill or cripple a squirrel. Also, as I mentioned before, I had confronted the owners already and, despite this, they persisted in letting him out to wander around because they’re too lazy to take care of him.

    Don’t presume to lecture me (or anyone) through the lens of _your_ morality, especially regarding people and situations about which you know very little (or nothing).

    OP, good luck, but as others have mentioned, I don’t think you’re going to win in this particular man vs. nature encounter. Squirrels are persistent and clever and they’re infinitely many in number.
     
  8. Stringbanger

    Stringbanger Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    21,583
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2013
    Location:
    West O' Philly, PA
    I sent you a PM, and you never responded. Thanks.
     
  9. rickthescot

    rickthescot Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    560
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2011
    Location:
    Texas
    Bet you can guess how I deal with varmints.
     
    chet again and scrimmer like this.
  10. Stringbanger

    Stringbanger Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    21,583
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2013
    Location:
    West O' Philly, PA
    If you friendly-trap them, which I do, I have read that you must take them a minimum of 7 miles, for them not to return. So, that being said, the “closest woods” needs to be a minimum of 7 miles.

    I also have resorted to the BB gun, and I’m a pretty good shot, but it’s inhuman, because they do suffer until you can do the coup de grace.
     
  11. scrimmer

    scrimmer Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,075
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    This is mainly the problem here too, or just not enough predators to keep up with them.

    Nothing but a couple hundred acres of woods behind my house, loaded with squirrels. I could do this the rest of my life and still have oodles around.

    Don't get me wrong, I love all the animals, I really do. Lots of deer here, foxes all kinds of foul and raptors and I've seen one black bear since I've lived here and I love them all.
    Just the dang squirrels are eating me out of house and home! I fill my feeders up and within hours they're empty again. I don't know what the deal is, but there must've been some serious squirrel romance going on earlier this year, it's just nuts!

    :lol: See what I did there?
     
  12. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,608
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2016
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, Va

    It will take about a minute for them to find all that food on the ground. So I think that's not going to wor . Makes for good entertainment though
     
  13. Mike SS

    Mike SS Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    8,293
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2012
    Location:
    Nebraska
    My wife has multiple bird feeders, and the squirrels (or brats as she calls them) also dine there. She has had some luck with providing them with an alternative feed source. She buys ears of dried feed corn and deploys it on the way up to the feeders. Some of the squirrels are satisfied with this, and the cracked corn residue they create is a favorite of Bluejays and Cardinals. However, there are the die hard feeder raiders, who no matter what she tries still empty the feeders out on occasion. She just fills them up again, and calls them brats.
    We all have to share the earth.
     
    brookdalebill and scrimmer like this.
  14. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,608
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2016
    Location:
    Virginia Beach, Va
    A friend of mine had a little poodle that liked chasing squirrel . One a day a squirrel caught him and yanked out a big chunk of flesh from between his shoulder blade . No more squirrel chasing for Frenchie after that
     
    scrimmer likes this.
  15. fendertx

    fendertx Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    6,784
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2008
    Location:
    Houston
    OP, try marking your territory.
    I had a neighborhood cat using the mulch in my flower bed as a litter box.
    I finally bought granular coyote urine at my garden supply and sprinkled in my yard, effectively marking my territory. It worked pretty much immediately.

    They make a fox urine that claims to work on varmints like gophers and squirrels. Maybe that would work for you.
     
    uriah1 and scrimmer like this.
  16. Dixon in Korea

    Dixon in Korea Tele-Meister

    Age:
    53
    Posts:
    234
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2018
    Location:
    Busan, South Korea
    Am I the only person who immediately started singing the thread title to the tune of "Stones in My Passway" when I saw it?

    Not necessarily. I was dogsitting for a few days one time, and I wouldn't take the dog out when I got home from work until after I had taken of my work shirt, relaxed for a bit, and then put on a t-shirt to take him out. By the third day, he wasn't getting excited for a walk until he saw me put on a t-shirt.
     
    Toto'sDad likes this.
  17. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,112
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2006
    Location:
    Near Athens GA USA
     
  18. Boubou

    Boubou Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

    Age:
    59
    Posts:
    10,471
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2005
    Location:
    Montreal, Quebec
    Probably, since I never heard of stones in my passway, and I assume I am not the only one
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2019
  19. Smokin OP

    Smokin OP Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Age:
    58
    Posts:
    868
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    Leesburg, GA
    I have several birds feeders in our yard. Two that I put sunflowers seeds that I mounted stovepipe below them. The squirrels cannot climb the stove pipe. Look on YT for directions. The squirrels are able to feed happily with the birds on the seeds that fall on the ground. My brother used to have raccoons along with squirrels & was able to keep them out with this method. I also have some low hanging feeders that we fill with safflower seeds. The squirrels never even bother these feeders. My problem are mockingbirds. We have a bluebird house & every year have several hatching's & they are very aggressive with the bluebirds. We always know when the bluebirds are getting ready to hatch or have hatched because any squirrel that gets near their house, the male will chase the squirrels out of the yard, which is hilarious to watch, or any birds such as sparrows or wrens they feel are a threat to their family. Currently, we have 4 young bluebirds that are actively feeding in the yard, with daddy doing all the work feeding them, with the meal worms we provide. To keep the mockingbirds at bay, we place them very close to where we sit on our patio. The mockingbirds will stay away when we are outside & the bluebirds will get as close as 6 feet from us. Mama bluebird has already laid 4 eggs so we are waiting on batch #2 for the year. Of course that also means the adult bluebirds will be chasing the little ones out of the area. Kinda sad to see daddy feeding them one day & both adults attacking them the next but if you don't kick the kids out of the house. We are fortunate to have a very active backyard, even though we live in a crowded subdivision. We love our birds.
     
  20. Lakeabilene

    Lakeabilene TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    31
    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2014
    Location:
    East Coast
    Nothing shows the chasm between the last century and this one like the subject of animals being hurt. We have a large percentage of folks right now that live on the internet and truly believe that animal lives have souls and are equal to humans, maybe even more important than human life. So it behooves all of us to avoid these subjects in places where feelings are going to flare up.
     
    Piggy Stu likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.