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JC's Garden wrote:It works much better than flakes alone. This is far being from my first batch. It use it mostly on the rims of containers. Make sure you use gloves every time you move those containers because rain will wash some off but not all. Once squirrels get into it, they stay away as long as they can still smell it. I reapply every couple of weeks depending on how much rain we get. It also works well on fences. I've not tried it on tree trunks yet but I will. :twisted:
That's encouraging. Thanks. I might try that.

This method could work well with plants in small, separate groups of containers; rather than those planted in the ground.

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Greetings Sweyn, We have a small moving van here we used as storage. Squirrels ate through the floor and had a good time eating and messing on what ever they found, ate my Stamp collection amoung other things.

What works well in addition to the rifle and traps is a product made by Ramic, not poison, when they eat enough of it, well, it doesnt' go well for them. Good for their fellow rats and mice also.
We also have those Belding Ground Squirrels, just a big rat.
Good luck with the battle.

Richard

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I have tried blended with water and I have tried boiled and strained. I had trouble with the blended clogging my sprayer when I applied a mist. Just the act of boiling Thai's in the back yard kept them gone for about a week (there was a strong odor in the air) but it spoiled when I left it in a jar in my shed (not allowed in the house). That's why I switched to oil. It keeps well and it takes more than a little rain to wash it off. Not to mention that it sticks to their paws. :) I've been letting it age a little. It's about time to put it out. I'll sit back and watch the fun when I use bamboo and rag to treat their favorite branches. :wink:

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That's surprising, Richard. What is that product you mentioned?

Over here, a lot of people seem to like grey squirrels, even though they have been artificially introduced in the past and have devastated the native, red squirrel population. Some people even feed them, deliberately! Others just don't do anything to secure their gardens. Sometimes, they even get away from pursuing cats. Other people here just call them rats with furry tails and I agree.

I don't really want to use anything lethal, like rifles and traps. I just don't like that sort of thing.

JC's Garden, I'll try your method.

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Jc, There is a video of this Cajun fellow prepairing the pepper spray. How he strains it, it's done very well.

Sweyn, If you have a few squirrels and like them, I'm happy for you, you can watch and enjoy them. Here in the mountains, that isn't something we can afford, we have many rodents to deal with. My sister's place in town she kinda likes one type, we put metal around the bird houses so they don't enlarge the entry to get at the baby birds. Lady we know get them all the time, when she starts her truck, she can hear them getting thumped in the fan shroud, sometimes a big on will get caught between the fan belt and pully and throw the belt. She doesn't enjoy it much.

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Richard, I didn't mean to give the wrong impression. I don't like grey squirrels. I never have. That's why I mentioned the description of them as rats with furry tails.

I just don't like the idea of harming animals. That's why I would prefer to prevent them harming my plants, with chilli.

Local cats catch them, sometimes.

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No Squirrels here. But we do have rats with wings called bulbuls and they will eat your fruit papaya, strawberries, tomato, peppers, pretty much anything red or yellow. They will pull up lettuce for the worms and they eat orchid buds and blooms then go after the phal leaves. They will eat leaves off tender plants, but sometimes I can't tell if it was the birds or the snails, either way the plants just disappear.

There are mongoose at the herb garden and they will dig up bone meal and if I try to bury green manure they will dig it up about a week later looking for grubs. They leave holes and mounds in the garden and they made a deal with the rats. The mongoose steal eggs in the daytime and the rats raid at night.

The mongoose was intentionally imported by the Department of Agriculture to control rats. Mongoose are diurnal and rats are primarily nocturnal.
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Sweyn wrote:Richard, I didn't mean to give the wrong impression. I don't like grey squirrels. I never have. That's why I mentioned the description of them as rats with furry tails.

I just don't like the idea of harming animals. That's why I would prefer to prevent them harming my plants, with chilli.

Local cats catch them, sometimes.
LOL! I have always called squirrels "Rats with fuzzy tails"! Same idea, different word.

This is the time of year I "collect" all of my old peppers from my pantry that I want to get rid of , to use for pest control the next season. I give the good ones from last season to friends and co-workers, but there are always some really old ones that I just have to get rid of, and that is how I do it. I don't really find them good for squirrels, but they are great for keeping rabbits from under my shed, and other hiding areas. Last year it was really funny, because I threw a bunch of crushed up bhut jolokia under there, and you should have seen the reaction to that! I only put that in places where nobody could get into it, except pests.
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Sweyn, Not a problem.

There is a lady in the valley with a very nice garden, she says, she has no problem with the Squirrels, after being asked: how, why and what does she do? she whispered: " I'm from the south, they make a fine stew."
I've eaten at her place, there was stew on the table, I wonder if, Maybe I should ask.

imafan, Are Bulbuls similar to flying fox like in Australia? Does their face look like a fox or is it flat?

Richard

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