[nafex] how to keep squirrels of trees

Harold F. Turnbull hfturnbull at csupomona.edu
Tue Nov 26 21:00:07 EST 2013

Peanut butter + plaster of Paris?  Definitely won't work.  But this recipe definitely will:  peanut butter + plaster of Paris + a teaspoon or two of crystalline sodium or potassium cyanide.  (You can omit the plaster of Paris, it's the cyanide that does the trick -- think California gas chamber).  I don't really recommend this method, cyanide is very nasty stuff, and hard to come by if you don't have the lab credentials.  But it will do the job.  I agree with the person who suggested population control.  Trap the little 'effers in a "Have-a-Heart" type trap (I use dog food kibble for bait), and release them down the street on your neighbor's property.  I have witnessed a colony of squirrels completely strip a heavily burdened plum tree in just a few hours. They like to pick them a few days before I think they are ready,  so, I get zero.   After applying my trusty "Squirrelinator" trap, however (catching as many as six at a time), my next season's yield was so huge, even my midnight deliveries on my neighbors' porch couldn't get rid of them all.  Now, if I could only figure out a way to keep just a few squirrels around to eat the surplus I would be happy to share with them.

From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of sherwin [sherwindu at att.net]
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Subject: Re: [nafex] how to keep squirrels of trees

On 11/26/2013 2:31 PM, Lee Reich wrote:
> Sherwin,
> What do you use for bait? I set many traps for squirrels -- and have used field corn, apples, peanuts, or peanut butter -- and have poor results luring them in. Squirrels here seem very wary. Same goes for rabbits.
> Lee Reich, PhD
> Come visit my farmden at http://leereich.blogspot.com/
> http://leereich.com/

     I am really puzzled why people have trouble using peanut butter to
attract squirrels.  I have used it for years and it has
     never failed me.  Sometimes, a squirrel will manage to get the bait
without setting off the trap.  I try to avoid this by
     setting the trigger on the trap to the hairy edge.  It is possible
that a squirrel may figure the peanut butter is a bait and
     not return to get a fresh supply.  Who knows, maybe there are
certain brands of peanut butter that are more attractive.
     I use a creamy Skippy brand that I spread on a piece of bread. It
never fails me.  Occasionally, ants will find the bait if
     it stays too long in the trap, but that only happens when I am down
to a few remaining squirrels who don't frequent
     my yard often enough.  Almost always, I find a squirrel in the trap
or the bait is gone by some nimble dancer.

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