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Help, my property is overrun with squirrels

 
Whaler on the Moon
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Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
My property is overrun with ground squirrels and I need to find a solution for the problem. There are about 350 in total. They are ruining drainage channels and eating my crops. There are no local areas to catch and relocate them and I cannot afford that anyway. I have to choose an alternative. Suggestions are welcome.

So far my options are:
1. State approved poison: Slow agonizing death over about 3 days, but will not harm other wildlife like owls and hawks.

2. Illegal poison: Kills them quickly, but not designed to be used for ground squirrels and may kill other wildlife.

3. Physical traps: Fairly humane, except half the time the animal is still alive in the trap.

4. Hunting/culling: Due to being near the city limits, this is the least desireable option as a human could be accidentally shot.

5. Predators: I have not heard of any predators that effectively kill ground squirrels.

Help, they are chewing at my door as we speak......
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01/30/2008 10:35 AM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
[link to www.biggerhammer.net]

That should do the trick.
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01/30/2008 10:42 AM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
You have way too much time on your hands if squirrels are your problem. Really. I mean it. Get a hobby.
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01/30/2008 10:43 AM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
PS: WTF is a ground squirrel. Squirrels live in trees. They come down to the ground to look for food.

I nominate your post as the most useless and dumbest for the day.
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
My property is overrun with ground squirrels and I need to find a solution for the problem. There are about 350 in total. They are ruining drainage channels and eating my crops. There are no local areas to catch and relocate them and I cannot afford that anyway. I have to choose an alternative. Suggestions are welcome.

So far my options are:
1. State approved poison: Slow agonizing death over about 3 days, but will not harm other wildlife like owls and hawks.

2. Illegal poison: Kills them quickly, but not designed to be used for ground squirrels and may kill other wildlife.

3. Physical traps: Fairly humane, except half the time the animal is still alive in the trap.

4. Hunting/culling: Due to being near the city limits, this is the least desireable option as a human could be accidentally shot.

5. Predators: I have not heard of any predators that effectively kill ground squirrels.

Help, they are chewing at my door as we speak......
 Quoting: Whaler on the Moon



Lot's of outside cats. That will cause them to relocate.
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
On a slightly more serious note,

I would go with either option 1 or hire some pest control company to do it for me.
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
If you are a whaler on the moon, do you cary a harpoon?
Because there are no whales, do you tell tall tales of some squirlly afternoon?
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
PS: WTF is a ground squirrel. Squirrels live in trees. They come down to the ground to look for food.

I nominate your post as the most useless and dumbest for the day.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 364777

a ground squirrel is a chipmunk fucknuts.....jeez, learn english...now my solution: pellet gun, you can get them at any sporting goods, outdoor store, or walmart even...a.177 will do, a.22 is better....buy a couple tins of pellets, sight her in(use a scope if you can afford one) and start culling the herd....with practice, a 25 yd shot will be a cinch
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Go out and buy a lifelike statue of an owl.and place it between your home and the source of the rodents. those guys will be gone quickly. ( no joking )
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
Two solutions around here:
Cats (but then what do you do when your place is overrun with them?)
A couple of fiests or beagles to run them, and take them out of a tree with a .22 or a shotgun. If you are worried about a bullet heading to town, go for a .410 with a 6 or 7 shot. This will not travel that far, especially if you are taking them out of trees- you are shooting upward, shot energy is minmized during the "up" and simply "falls back down".
Most fun way- .222 Swift, the tailgate of a truck, and 1000 yds. clear in every direction! Not much good if you're close to town, but it's fun. Not prairie dog fun, but OK.
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PS: WTF is a ground squirrel. Squirrels live in trees. They come down to the ground to look for food.

I nominate your post as the most useless and dumbest for the day.

a ground squirrel is a chipmunk fucknuts.....jeez, learn english...now my solution: pellet gun, you can get them at any sporting goods, outdoor store, or walmart even...a.177 will do, a.22 is better....buy a couple tins of pellets, sight her in(use a scope if you can afford one) and start culling the herd....with practice, a 25 yd shot will be a cinch
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Duh. Well then call it a Chipmunk then instead of a ground squirrel.
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01/30/2008 12:40 PM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
NUTS!
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
OWLS. See if you can get a nesting pair or two of owls who will have baby owls and who will consider your land theirs.

Do some research on it.

Owls eat squirrels and field mice and other pests. In one mating season, they will have your squirrel population under control.
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01/30/2008 12:48 PM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
I had that problem a couple years ago,Had my .22 handy and had a hell of a time culling them,way to many.My husband was home for a couple of weeks while the big truck was in the shop,he took care of it.

Between the .22 and 410 going off constantly i think he gave me slight hearing loss.
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
The handy dandy squirrel launcher!

Just catapolt them into the neighbors yard!

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ooops link

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01/30/2008 01:13 PM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
My son wished he had seen this when we were renting.

He came up with a snare around the bird feeder to catch the little buggers. This is just ingenious!
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My son wished he had seen this when we were renting.

He came up with a snare around the bird feeder to catch the little buggers. This is just ingenious!
 Quoting: Grafted Promise 364734


I crack up every time I watch it!
Whaler on the Moon (OP)

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01/30/2008 05:09 PM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
That is by far the best thing I have ever seen. There is a local dog that craps on my lawn. I think I will try that on him...
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01/30/2008 05:18 PM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
A good pump up BB gun with a scope is all you need on skwill...

Trust me...
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
If the market keeps going like this, I would feed them!!!!

Imagine the unlimited supply of food you will have!!!
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If the market keeps going like this, I would feed them!!!!

Imagine the unlimited supply of food you will have!!!
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didn't Huckabilly say he roasted squirrels in pop corn poppers when he was in college ???
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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

LMFAO!
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01/30/2008 05:56 PM
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If all goes to plan we'll take the house by sunrise


:squirrel::squirrel::squirrel::squirrel::squirrel::squirrel:


:squirrel::squirrel::squirrel::squirrel::squirrel::squirrel:
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
You either have target practice with the 22 rifle, or you get some outside cats. DON'T feed them unless necessary. They will hunt on their own. Oh yeah, and get 'em fixed so you have no kitten surprises!
Things change when you least expect it.
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01/30/2008 05:59 PM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
Duh. Well then call it a Chipmunk then instead of a ground squirrel.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 364777

Well duh, chipmunks are a different species. These are squirrels that live like chipmunks. Clear enough?
Things change when you least expect it.
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01/30/2008 06:01 PM
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
I have one cat a male that can catch a squirrel on the run. I also have a black lab that runs them down but she cant catch them. Cats or dogs are the easiest but they do require maintence.
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Re: Help, my property is overrun with squirrels
Duh. Well then call it a Chipmunk then instead of a ground squirrel.

Well duh, chipmunks are a different species. These are squirrels that live like chipmunks. Clear enough?
 Quoting: JCD



are they just confused?
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LOL ac. They almost look like miniature prarie dogs, or rock chuckers. Too small to eat unless you were desperate for meat in the stew, but the cats here.........fat and happy.
Things change when you least expect it.
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Just sneak up on them one at a time and flick your thumb off of your upper front teeth at them, while screaming; 'Nuts to you, squirrel face' ! It traumatizes them so, that they die of shock and awe !
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ooops link

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Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

LMFAO!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 272605

lol I love that vid, the little boogers got one hell of a ride that for sure. Um can you build a bigger one for people?