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#766008 - 8th Feb 2013 5:58pm Squirrels
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The squirrels are eating my bulbs - they have a penchant for tulip bulbs - and are becoming a real pest. This didn't start until someone next door started feeding the birds quite heavily.

Is there any way of dealing with them before they breed into an uncontrollable mob?

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#766014 - 8th Feb 2013 6:14pm Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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Simple answer is no short of shooting them which is probably illegal. They are very destructive creatures despite the fact that almost everybody thinks of them as cute. They eat bulbs and fling the soil from any tubs that you had planted all over the place.If you don't watch it you will have a forest of oak trees from the acorns that they hide everywhere.In case you have not guessed it I am not a squirrel fan.

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#766046 - 8th Feb 2013 7:13pm Re: Squirrels [Re: Salmon]
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They are definitely classed as vermin - the grey ones anyway.

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#766094 - 8th Feb 2013 8:10pm Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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Legal to shoot!

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#766099 - 8th Feb 2013 8:16pm Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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Some fella on Granada News, few weeks back got prosecuted for shooting a squirrel.
RSPCA said it was not killed outright but was in agony for hours. frown
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#766144 - 8th Feb 2013 9:41pm Re: Squirrels [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Some fella on Granada News, few weeks back got prosecuted for shooting a squirrel.
RSPCA said it was not killed outright but was in agony for hours. frown
http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/news/536820/...g_squirrel.html

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#766150 - 8th Feb 2013 9:51pm Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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On 17 January, Stockport Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Worthington, known locally as “the verminator”, trapped the squirrel and shot it twice at point-blank range with a .22.

He assumed it was dead, and went out shopping.

On discovering it was still alive when he returned, he shot it a further three times.

RSPCA officers turned up after a tip-off from a neighbour and took the squirrel, which was still alive but “unresponsive”



now is he a sh!t shot or was that a super squirrel
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#766156 - 8th Feb 2013 10:16pm Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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Thanks for posting up links/ further info. So, I didn't dream it! lol. crazy
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#766176 - 8th Feb 2013 11:17pm Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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Originally Posted By: Moonstar
The squirrels are eating my bulbs - they have a penchant for tulip bulbs - and are becoming a real pest. This didn't start until someone next door started feeding the birds quite heavily.

Is there any way of dealing with them before they breed into an uncontrollable mob?


Moonstar, there have been squirrels in my area ever since I moved here 13 yrs ago. Some years, there seemed to be quite a number, and other years there were very few. There is one in my garden this winter, when there have been 3 or 4. Never knew what happened to them, but the little blighters had a feast on the tulip bulbs, lily bulbs and begonia bulbs. Every year I'd plant something different and they found them all! Gave up in the end. Sorry to be the bearer a bad tidings.. You could maybe scatter a regular supply of nuts for them as an alternative.It might work laugh
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#766184 - 9th Feb 2013 12:10am Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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How about laying wire mesh just under the soil with big enough holes for the plants to grow through but legally you can kill them as long as it's instant

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#766191 - 9th Feb 2013 1:51am Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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Get a couple of cats to sit menacingly in your garden. I'll bet the squirrels won't go near your bulbs then smile

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#766210 - 9th Feb 2013 8:19am Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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It will be a brave cat to take on a squirrel! Small fast hungry terrier should do the trick !!

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#766244 - 9th Feb 2013 9:54am Re: Squirrels [Re: Pickle]
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my little dog taz is the answer. she hates squirrels cats etc
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#766268 - 9th Feb 2013 10:56am Re: Squirrels [Re: Moonstar]
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A friend of mine, with a similar problem, called Wirral Borough Council Pest Control and they came and set squirrel traps(boxes) in her garden.
They came back and took away the squirrels away and set them free away from residential property.

I would not like to get them causing damage in my house, but I felt sorry for them as the squirrels above were separated from their families.

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#766285 - 9th Feb 2013 11:56am Re: Squirrels [Re: paxvobiscum]
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Hi all, we used to have the same problem with them eating our bulbs and digging the soil from our pots.
Not any more, we put some mothballs out - they HATE the smell.

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