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April 22, 2010

Squirrel Wars will help you outsmart backyard pests


As I mentioned in a blog about birdfeeders, there is no way to keep the seed off the ground which attracts the squirrels in backyards and drives homeowners crazy trying to scare the pests away. In the greater Boston area, squirrels are numerous and bold. When we put our birdfeeder up, there they were ready to eat. Since the feeder closes when a squirrel climbed up to the seed container, they soon learned they could just hit the pole and knock seed to the ground where they could easily munch away without strain or effort. It was absolutely maddening.

We went to the local five and dime store trying to find a sling shot as we imagined the satifaction of hitting them with a small stone and the delight in watching them run. To our dismay, we discovered sling shots as well as bb guns were illegal in greater Boston! The romance of the birdfeeder slowly waned as the squirrels were not content to eat bird seed, but began to dig and eat the bulbs we had planted. What to do?

There are a couple of books out that might help with the problem. The most extensive is Squirrel Wars. This book contains remedies for squirrel infestation, and a chapter each on other backyard pests and how to rid yourself of them without firearms. Harrison, the author, is a respected nature writer also known for his public television specials on bird watching. He describes the mammals, birds, and insects considered common backyard pests and entertainingly documents problems homeowners have experienced and offers sound advice to minimize the nuisances. Harrison addresses such topics as raccoons in chimneys, rabbits in the garden, and rats around birdfeeders and what to do about such intrusions into the backyard.

Outwitting Squirrels by Bill Adler, Jr. focuses only on his manic attempt to stop squirrels from eating his birdseed and is amusing as well as claiming 101 ways to stop squirrels. At any rate, it's comforting to know others have been bothered by backyard pests and to be given new hope of ridding yourself of them.

At Squirrel Wars: Backyard Wildlife Battles & How to Win Them

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at April 22, 2010 8:50 AM
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