Going to war

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by user4, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. user4

    user4 New Member

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    They were cute as we watched from our breakfast nook, scurrying to and fro eating bits of pecans that have fallen from our trees. They were slightly less cute when I thought, "Hey, I should harvest some pecans for a pie." with nary a pecan to be found without a mouthful taken from its meat.

    And now, as I have discovered that fruit actually CAN grow in DFW, with the discovery of a massive pear tree in the neighborhood, I began to get excited when my little pear sprouts began to blossom. As I shared this news with my neighbor, I was informed that he has two pear trees of his own, except those little furry bastages always nibble them off the stem prior to becoming edible.

    My question is this: Aside from firearms, what is the best way to murder squirrels or keep them from invading the crops? I live in the burbs, so a trebuchet is impractical, and poison doesn't seem wise with children in the house. I need some black op, freedom loving, squirrel murdering ninja something or others to solve this problem. Ideas?
     
  2. JiroZero713

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    An air rifle seems to be the best option.

    A high quality hunting air rifle.

    Not only do you save your peaches....you can eat some squirrels too.
     

  3. suprdave

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPmZ-TdxEQ4]YouTube - squirrrel relocation service[/ame]This might work for you!
     
  4. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Get a HavAHart cage and use peanut butter with sunflower seeds. When you catch one take it over 5 miles away and release it. May have to repeat process.

    Or once you catch it, you can gas it, if ultimate goal is Death to the Rodent
     
  5. photopro

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    Trapping Squirrels

    I don't know what your regs are in the US but squirrel cage traps would do the trick, and even using a Larsen Trap will give good results - speaking from experience. You will also have the flexibility of being able to trap Corvids if they become a nusance.

    This has a good deal of info even if it isn't practical for you to buy from them (click the squirrel):

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  6. Don Davis

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    I called the dog catcher and he brought me a neat box like trap - when I caught them he came got them and let them out in the park.

    We did this 5 times and they are gone.

    :)
     
  7. Gatekeeper

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    Don't know if this guy ever did catch this squirrel:D
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw_vRyq1kaQ&feature=channel]YouTube - Tango va Hammy[/ame]
     
  8. spittinfire

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    I say trap them. If your neighbors see you picking up dead squirrels on a regular basis they might get wise. Trap them and kill them or trap them and release them 20 miles away.
     
  9. cpttango30

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    YOu could always get a Ruger MkII like this one.

    Use subsonic ammo and no one will ever hear you with that puppy.
     
  10. skullcrusher

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    I vote for air rifle and squirrel ks-bobs. :)

    Oh, and squirrels mate for life. Shoot one, and you know which one is it's mate. Then you shoot the mate.
     
  11. suprdave

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    Squirrel tastes great! Kabobs might not be a bad idea!
     
  12. canebrake

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  13. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    I try........
     
  14. user4

    user4 New Member

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    Probably won't try my hand at urban rodents as a food source, but the trapping idea may work. We have 3 squirrels so as for which one is "tapping that" I'll likely never know unless I stay up late enough to watch Cinemax after dark.

    The other option is the air gun, as the squirrel slingshot will put me out of grace with my neighbors. If I come up with a more creative solution, I'll try and video it.
     
  15. Dillinger

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    The only thing I can add is that peanut butter and sunflower seeds will draw in squirrels to just about anything. They love that stuff.

    Best of luck Ineff!

    JD
     
  16. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    PLEASE video it!
     
  17. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Don't get a pet snake.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFWeldHtJgI&feature=fvw]YouTube - Squirrel Goes Nuts[/ame]
     
  18. skullcrusher

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    Urban squirrels eat the same stuff as country squirrels, but they do it with attitude.
     
  19. TXnorton

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    Ineff:

    We feed birds in the back yard, which means we feed the furry tailed rats as well. No problem until a few took up residence in our sub-floor. A bathroom exhaust vent louver had blown off during hurricane Ike, and they had got in that way. Traps and a professional exterminator did not work. I solved this problem with a Gamo .177 high velocity pellet rifle. Had to kill about 30 of the furry tailed rats until we could no longer hear the bastages in the sub-floor, then I put up a new vent louver to keep them out.

    I did not see another FT rat in my back yard for about 6 months, however they are back now, but no longer pose a problem.

    If you opt for the .177 caliber solution, I'd recommend the Gamo "Whisper" series. It is much quieter, and you can do your work with less chance of any neighbors knowing about it.
     
  20. user4

    user4 New Member

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    Thanks TX. I shall look into that. I really want to shoot something and since school children are out of season this time of year, these little effers will do nicely.