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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Oct 12, 2014 6:17 PM CST
Today I ran outside to chase a squirrel about to dig in one of my beds. The little creep was totally surprised and in its panic it ran right into the pool! Great I think, I'm gonna have to rescue the blasted thing. As I run for the net it pops up out of the pool in a blind panic and runs right back into the pool. Darn it! Then I actually see it swimming!!! I had no idea squirrels could swim. Once it got to the other side it popped out, shook off, and took off.

Now I'm wondering if gangs of the little creeps have pool parties when we aren't home Rolling on the floor laughing
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Coppice
Oct 12, 2014 6:44 PM CST
They don't swim as well on the inside of a submerged have-a-heart trap.
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Oct 12, 2014 6:45 PM CST
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Oct 12, 2014 6:57 PM CST
I wish I had video too! But it all happened so fast!
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 12, 2014 7:26 PM CST
Not trying to be political but we has a president (of these United States) who didn't know rabbits could swim and look how that turned out. Rolling on the floor laughing

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Oct 12, 2014 7:44 PM CST
"Now I'm wondering if gangs of the little creeps have pool parties when we aren't home"

That is quite a visual!! Rolling on the floor laughing

I don't think I've ever had a problem with squirrels digging in any of the plantings, just eating the bird seed... and I gave up on that situation a long time ago and just decided to buy more seed! Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 12, 2014 8:29 PM CST
You are lucky, Sandy. Squirrels will dig into anything and everything, looking for food. They mostly make a mess disturbing my mulch in their digging. I am going to have to start trapping them again. I have a new "pack" and they are beginning to get into my orchids and other tropical plants. I can tolerate their digging but not destroying my orchids and orchid inflorescents.
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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Oct 12, 2014 8:30 PM CST
One of our sons gave us a squirrel feeder so of course we had to feed them. My DH got all this corn on the cob from my brother a farmer. At first it was fun to watch the squirrels eating then one of them decided to play farmer and buried the corn all over my garden. Guess what happened the corn grew and I ended up having to pull out corn plants.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 12, 2014 8:33 PM CST
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Oct 12, 2014 8:52 PM CST
Who knew we had such well-behaved squirrels here?? Hilarious!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 13, 2014 7:06 AM CST
Lucky, lucky. Thumbs up
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Oct 13, 2014 7:17 AM CST
For me generally they are the biggest headache in the fall when they are frantically getting ready for winter. But they are a pain all but winter. The thing that really gets my goat is how they will make a huge mess of my planters. Digging everything up and scatter the dirt all out of the container. My husband wants to get a pellet gun and just harass them enough so they hang out some place else. In this day in age I don't think running around the yard with even a toy gun is a good idea.
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Oct 13, 2014 7:39 AM CST
Toy gun? Not any more!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Oct 13, 2014 7:51 AM CST
Has anyone ever tried using cayenne pepper to discourage the squirrels? I've read that you can sprinkle it in with the bird seed (the birds don't mind it) to keep them out of it, but have never tried it... Maybe it would work in planters and stuff, too ?
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 13, 2014 9:30 AM CST
Squirrels definitely don't like pepper but it would take a awful lot of it if someone (like me) has lots of plants/planters.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Oct 13, 2014 9:33 AM CST
You'd have to buy it in the big restaurant-size containers... but I wonder if it would keep them from digging in a planter, anyway, or if it only works if it's on something they want to eat?
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 13, 2014 9:36 AM CST
I have only used it for the suet blocks and know the squirrels won't touch the suet.
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Oct 13, 2014 9:40 AM CST
If their "dainty" paws touch the cayenne pepper and then put the bird seed (or whatever you put the cayenne pepper on) to their mouths that the shock of the heat gets to them. So they move away briefly but still do return.
Name: Frank Richards
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frankrichards16
Oct 13, 2014 12:36 PM CST
jvdubb said:Today I ran outside to chase a squirrel about to dig in one of my beds. The little creep was totally surprised and in its panic it ran right into the pool! Great I think, I'm gonna have to rescue the blasted thing. As I run for the net it pops up out of the pool in a blind panic and runs right back into the pool. Darn it! Then I actually see it swimming!!! I had no idea squirrels could swim. Once it got to the other side it popped out, shook off, and took off.

Now I'm wondering if gangs of the little creeps have pool parties when we aren't home Rolling on the floor laughing


Did you really think (consider) to rescue the squirrel from your pool?

My thoughts... This pool is more useful than I thought!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Oct 13, 2014 12:59 PM CST
frankrichards16 said:

Did you really think (consider) to rescue the squirrel from your pool?

My thoughts... This pool is more useful than I thought!


Even though they drive me crazy I don't think I could stand by knowing it was drowning. Yes, I want them gone. But to be present for the death not sure on that one.

Yes the pool has taken care of many many voles and some baby bunnies too

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