[NAFEX] Squirrel control with Peanut Butter

William C. Garthright billg at inebraska.com
Wed May 20 18:28:48 EDT 2009

> The soft-hearted bunny-hugger types typically rail against the thought of these vermin 'suffering',

Yeah, I'm too tender-hearted to poison the little tree rats. And I guess 
they've got as much right to live here as I do,... though I don't want 
them eating my fruit. I'm not THAT tender-hearted. Heh, heh. And it's in 
town, so I'm limited in what I can do. I figure it's just a matter of 
learning to live with wildlife. And why not?

But my low-powered electric fence does discourage them. So far, it 
hasn't completely eliminated the problem, but I think it's going to work 
well enough. Last year, it kept them COMPLETELY out of my strawberry 
patch. Maybe rubbing strawberry juice on the electric wires helped. It 
didn't do so well with the peaches, though (even though I rubbed peach 
juice on the wires).

But that was my first year with this, and the squirrels had been used to 
entering my backyard. I kept the electric fence on all winter, and I 
think they've learned to avoid the area. Still, peaches are a powerful 
draw, and I still need to make a few adjustments. I really should get a 
zapper that's not intermittent, too.

I'll let everyone know how it works for me this year.

Lincoln, NE (zone 5)

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need 
for illusion is deep. - Saul Bellow

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