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  • From: "Harold F. Turnbull" <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] how to keep squirrels of trees
  • Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 18:00:07 -0800

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: [] On
Behalf Of sherwin []
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 4:14 PM
To: nafex mailing list at ibiblio
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

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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