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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 8:08 pm 
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Location: plus 700ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns, 8 miles from the Pacific 35 miles S. of San Jose
As the ammonia solution surrounds the plants but is not put directly on the plants, I went for the next home made solution to double down. Add one small bottle of hot sauce, along with a tsp of liquid detergent to 1 gallon of water, mix and spray directly on plants. I went for the verrry hot sauce. I'm still recovering after spraying. I have one more trick up my sleeve before I call in the death squad.


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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 2:08 am 
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Hot sauce experiment not a winner. Rodents bite into plant, then spit it out i.e. damage is done. Bought nylon deer proof webbing and covered 6 plants previously attacked. Also have spread a combo of compost and mushroom compost around plants to improve yield. Smell is very gross so could act as a deterrent. Attack on clumpers has been more severe but clumpers and runners have been attacked. Rgds


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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 5:31 pm 
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This year they are going after some of my other shoots. If it means they won't concentrate on vivax, that would be OK, but I doubt it, vivax being so fat & sweet. I guess before I kill, I'll try some more animal repellent, but in very high concentrations.

For lethal means, there is the "squirrel pole" which is a stick leaned against tree with conibear 110's fastened to it. Make it high enough so cats aren't likely to get up it. The single shot pellet air rifles would work too, if as in my case, the neighbors are too close to responsibly use a 22. I have one I mess around with, though not usually shooting at live things, they break the sound barrier, but pellets are light enough not to go too far. I use the lead free ones to be even more responsible.


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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 6:37 pm 
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I bought a Conibear 110, but got rid of it because I figured I'd probably break a finger eventually.

I was thinking of getting a large piece of plywood and anchoring it about a foot off the ground, with some food underneath. I could even weight it down so it falls faster. It seems like it would work and wouldn't be dangerous to set.


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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:12 pm 
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Location: plus 700ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns, 8 miles from the Pacific 35 miles S. of San Jose
Update: Re netting - the rodents were able to chew on new shoots close to the netting. The bird netting (1/4 X 1/4) would probably work better. Re store/professional grade retardants: I bought one almost completely the same as the original post and it failed. Looks good but jury is still out: Several people around here with fruit trees put strings of shiny material in their trees to keep birds and rodents from picking off the fruit. I purchased longest/highest extra strength aluminum foil and attached it to bamboo stakes surrounding small growths that rodents have attacked. I have also wrapped aluminum around larger new shoots in large growths. In two weeks no attacks. Although the aluminum wall around the small groves is only 12 inches high, it seems to keep the rodents at bay. It's also the most economical way to cover large areas of bamboo. Also, the local vendor recycling wood products moved. I used to purchase garden fine grade mulch - cheap and high in nitrogen. I went to 1/2 mushroom compost (from my local nursery) and 1/2 wood/dirt compost to replace it. I had fabulous results from mushroom compost on non-bamboo plants but heard salt in mushroom compost was bad for bamboo. Reducing the amount of mushroom compost has worked well on mature plants but smaller plants are not happy. Rgds


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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:27 am 
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Are you sure it is squirrel damage and not Sasquatch?!

A peanut-filled bird feeder might keep the little blighters off the shoots.

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:15 pm 
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Maybe I should not say anything, as they are not 'out of the woods' yet, but so far, liquid fence brand concentrated deer/rabbit mixed 1:1 with water seems to be working. Normally it is mixed 16 parts water to one part repellent. I brush it on with a paint brush, as I think it might clog the sprayer in that concentration, and I am only protecting the vivax, which is very much their favorite.


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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:01 pm 
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Sasquatch? Isn't that a watch? Actually Iain you may have something. The Big Foot (aka Sasquatch) museum is just down the road. Their info on last sighting indicated he had a hair cut similar to our beloved President. My neighbor has a squirrel feeder. The evil rodents bury the peanuts on my lot, then eat my bamboo. Rgds


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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:29 pm 
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I like that. Big Foot meets Little Hands. What you need is a wall, a big beautiful wall to keep those critters out.

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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:31 pm 
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Tin foil is holding up pretty well. Nice because it protects large areas. Not sure but it may have an added benefit re sun reflection. Bought a trap to check it out. Caught a squirrel real fast - 3 of the suckers were fighting to get in. Also trapped a possum. He/she was very angry. Luckily extraction was easy. It gave me the finger (?) as he/she waddled off. Suggest marvel movies have a possum character. Overall looks like squirrel activity is down. Wonder if the new kids change eating habits.


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 Post subject: Re: Squirrel Repellant
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:47 pm 
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Location: plus 700ft in the Santa Cruz Mtns, 8 miles from the Pacific 35 miles S. of San Jose
Iain - the tops of my Madake (65 ft) are being chewed off. Suggest Nessy had a snack as she moved to local Loch Lomand lake. Hear a Nessy vs Big Foot movie is in the offing. Hear UnderArmer is doing her undies. Enough foolishment, Happy OPEN.


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