Normally when it’s been ‘game on’ in the past, it means I’m trying to match wits with a certain blonde knucklehead. This time however, we’re talking about a totally different game.
I’ve tried, really I have. Living in an urban setting, there is a surprisingly diverse wildlife population. Foxes, all sorts of songbirds, a couple of mangy coyotes, an owl, a pair of hawks, some raccoons and of course, squirrels. I enjoy watching them as they adapt to city life and have managed to co-habitat easily with them. That is, except…for the squirrels which seem to be some sort of spin-off from a Hell’s Angels fur gang, minus leather jackets. Lately they’ve become even more bold.
Oh sure, we all like to think of our little Sciuridae fur-iends as impossibly cute and even entertaining. Isn’t the one above just beyond adorable? Yeah right. The ones in my neighborhood are a lot more like this one. They’ve eaten screens, chewed ginormous holes in the trash and recycle bins to scrap out that lone tiny piece of stuck cheese in the discarded pizza box and left giant holes in the compost bins. Ordinarily I wouldn’t mind it they stuck to the compost bins and enjoyed a strawberry hull or two, but crimmin-Italy…not the dang window screen…again!!
Less than two weeks ago, the most brazen of the 3 or 4 that have been
terrorizing gracing the Ranch from large tree in the front yard chewed through the screen in the kitchen presumably to snack on some bananas. Must be offspring from the one from a few years ago that broke in through that same screen and devoured a package of brownies on the counter. Yesterday as we were returning from our early morning walk, we arrived to find a blur whiz past us. Naturally the Ninja huntress took off after it. She nearly caught him too. Sure gave him a scare as he double timed it up the utility pole just out of jaw’s reach.
Meanwhile, back at the scene of the crime, I realized we had caught him ‘screen-handed’ though by the time I retrieved Elsa from chasing him, the only thing left was yet another torn screen in the exact same spot as the prior 2 times. Little bastard. If it only happened a few times every 4 or 5 years, I probably wouldn’t be so cranky about it. But this was less than two weeks ago!! So I went out to the garage to see if I still had any rat traps. While I didn’t find a rat trap, I did find a couple of mouse traps and baited them with some peanut butter. Not 30 minutes later that same hoodlum snatched the glob of PB off one and triggered the other one from the window sill. Are you freaking kidding me??!!
Ok, pal…it’s game on now and I’m going full nuclear. I’m going full Bill Murray from “Caddyshack” and plan to catch that little rat bastard. Have you ever been victimized by a rogue gangster squirrel? While I consider myself a major animal and wildlife lover, this. has. got. to. stop. We’ll be visiting our friendly hardware store this morning to stock up on armament.
Live, love, bark! ❤︎
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Maybe I should reconsider my stance on squirrels. My husband is hellbent on getting rid of them by any means possible (either than poison, apparently there are traps he researched) but I have been against as they provide endless entertaining and exercising opportunities for the dogs who chase them to no avail. But I will cross the line at house damage!
That’s the way I feel and twice in less than two weeks…we’ll the entertainment factor evaporated.
No kidding…I would be furious
Furious was an understatement. 😉
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My mother had a pet Squirrel when she was younger be he turned out to be destructive. She said the Squirrels name was Georgie. So much for killing chipmunks.
I do not disapprove of squirrels or chipmunks but rodents of any stripes can be extremely destructive. That said, they both are pretty cute. 🐿
They can be destructive.
And I’ve got the chewed up screens to prove it! LOL
Holy cow! Our squirrels are downright cool and awesome compared to these ones!
I’m pleading the Fifth on this post….
Shyla actually caught a tree squirrel once. Ours are not as big as yours (we have the littler mountain ones). I screamed so loudly that she dropped him. My vet said that was a good thing because squirrels can seriously hurt the eyes of dogs who catch them. Who’d have thunk?
How about a relocation program? It does sound like that one has got to move away!
Yes, nasty critters. And extremely territorial. They usually arrive back at their home before you do when you try to relocate them. 😃
I have heard these creatures dancing and carrying on above my head in our attic. I have seen how destructive they can be on my bird feeders. I don’t want them in my house.
Have you ever tried the electronic devices they make to deter mice and squirrels? They have really worked for us! When we heard them upstairs it was because the device had gone dead. If you need more details, let me know!
Oh wow. Had one die in my attic. In the summer. Blech. I’ll have to check those electronic devices out though I doubt they will e as much fun as learning how to shot a slingshot. Bwahaha
We just never know what to expect from those crazy squirrels! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!
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Oh yeah, been there. Back in Livermore I had a two year running feud (WAR!) with those furry little bastards. They were tearing up my patio cushions for their nest which turned out to be located in the vent for my microwave. I found that out when I stuck my arm deep in the vent and starting pulling out the nesting which included the cushion stuffing. One of the vermin was “home” at the time and came scurrying out along my arm and launching himself off my shoulder before running away. I became Elmer Fudd for the rest of that summer hunting with rags soaked in ammonia while spewing verbal abuse. Of course they mocked me the entire time from the fence and roof cackling and watching me with those alien bug eyes.
LOL, I can totally picture that scene! And I share in your aggravation. I’m armed to the teeth now hope the offending demon won’t be coming through the screen. He clearly is not a fan of a well placed slingshot on the rear flank. 😈
The Chicagoland squirrels are pretty laid back compared to yours. My husband and I are about 20 miles from downtown in one of the outlying Villages that has a BIG park with a river so lots of wildlife. They even had a cougar once many years ago that was darted and removed to another area. Our squirrels stay in the spruces on the empty lot that was purchased next to our home when it was built. There seems to be plenty of food there, as they don’t bother anything in the house or garage. But a coworker had squirrels eat the wiring out of her husband’s truck in the garage!
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Yeah…they can be incredibly destructive. They ate the cable at a previous house. I don’t mind urban wildlife, in fact, rather enjoy co-existing with them. But when they break into the house like a common burglar…well I draw the line. 🙂
We used to get mice and voles every now and then. At first I didn’t want to use the traps, but it got to the point where we had to replace the screens on the crawl space vents with more expensive ones. That’s when I decided I’d had enough. We got the Terminix guy out to the house and now the little critters are staying outside where they belong. And the neighbors’ cat is probably having mouse sandwiches for lunch every day.
As for the squirrels, they ARE cute BUT – and that’s a BIG “but” they can be destructive. The good thing for us is that we have Ducky – the Champion Squirrel Hunter – and no window sills. Ducky’s over at the oak tree now, watching two of them play and hoping they’ll fall so she can grab them. She JUST missed one of them! It made it to safety just as she spotted it. 😖 Curses! Foiled again!
They drive Elsa nuts and came so very close to bagging this criminal when we came home. Had the leash not gotten tangled around some wrought iron and slowed her down by a second, she’d have been noshing on squirrel stew. She turns me into a human kite when she sees them on our walks. Woosh! 😉
We are lucky our squirrels aren’t so bold!
Wow! You have some serious gangsta squirrels! We used to have some that would get into our boat and cause havoc but never in our house. Pierre would go berserk! He lives to catch them. Good luck!
Evil squirrels built nest in Mommy’s car and messed up the heater. And there is a brave squirrel that goes in the backyard with Fenris & Tuiren, we all (including us cats) chase it.
They can be horribly destructive and I definitely draw the line when they start breaking into the house! On the one hand I like for Elsa to catch one (one less squirrel in the world) but on the other, who knows what health issues they could cause her.
Wow! There is evidently a big difference between urban squirrels and city squirrels. Ours seem to be more civilized – at least so far.
Let’s just hope none of your squirrels have cousins in from the city 😝
oops. We should have said there seems to be a big difference between your city squirrels and our city squirrels. Or perhaps we just got lucky.
It’s definitely the Wild West hoodlums of squirrels here.
Squirrels can be so destructive! We have had squirrels completely destroy some of our wooden bird feeders and bird houses! And they have chewed at our garbage cans etc. Sucks. Hope you can find a solution that doesn’t hurt them but keeps them away from your home/screens!!
the critters in the cottage xo
That’s the plan. I’m all about co-existing. 😇
All my sympathy! Horrible little beasts!
I’ll drink to that on a Friday afternoon! 🥃
Squirrels are brazen, nasty, and annoying enough from a distance – and I DO keep my distance. These guys are WAAAAY to close to home. Stealing brownies? Eating screens? NO. This is not cool. You have met your match, Squirrels…
Thanks for the support, Cupcake. We hope we can outsmart these tree rats and co-exist in peace.
Oh my gosh, what a bad squirrel! Have had to deal with them in the garden but never had one mess with the screens before. Hopefully you will find a trap he can’t outwit and then take him out to the country where he belongs. 🙂
Just got back from the hardware store loaded for
bearsquirrel. I’m hopeful the remedies will encourage him to go somewhere else. 😉
You have to keep us posted!!
How frustrating!!!! Me and Wilhelmina can never catch them..they just tease us from the trees! I hope you find some success in catching them soon!
One of my fondest memories of my childhood is “helping” my grandfather take trapped squirrels from his garden to the local park. I’m always awed by how little fear they seem to possess of us and our furbabies. And they’re not shy about it either! I’ve seen a couple pictures of squirrels taunting cats from the other side of a window. Ugh.
These city gangsters are horrid teasers of pets and sadly any efforts to trap and release miles away usually is futile-they are wildly territorial and invariably beat us home from the drop off. I am now armed with several ‘natural’ way to discourage their presence so I hope they get the hint they are not welcome in the window sill or even remotely close to the house. 🐿
Dude…we had one in our attic…that f*cker!! You remember that story? And how we removed him…I’d actually forgotten when I was rooting for that squirrel last week. Get. Rid. Of. It.
LOL, having been there when one died in the attic, in the summer-gah!… I plan to take all necessary steps to get rid of these pests. Having squirrels around have certainly ‘juiced up’ my vocabulary if nothing else (as if I need that kind of help 😈).
Rats with fluffy tails, they are the worst! We have battled home destruction and I really thought my husband was going to lose it in our old house because we would wake to them scurrying around above our heads in the attic at about 5:00am. They would chew through the fascia of our beautiful victorian and we finally lined all the edges and corners with metal which seemed to help. One day a squirrel head popped through the filler piece on our window air conditioner! I hate them! Good luck on your hunt.
They truly are über destructible. Had one die in the attic of my old Victorian in another part of town. Oh gawd, that summer was the worst trying to eradicate the smell.
Oh yeah they smell terrible and so does their nest!
Go to the Yellow Pages and find a listing for Rent-a-Terrier.
Your girls need a vacation? 🙂
They wanna know. Complete with treats?????
Treats and ear rubs.
Oh no! I have never had one manage to make it’s way into my house. That would be horrible. They do like to scratch and gnaw on my deck, which really irritates me since they have about 10 acres of woods to roam around in. Why is my deck more attractive than the trees?! I like some of the above suggestions. Maybe mothballs or garlic and hot sauce on the screen. Wouldn’t hut him, but might deter him from chewing. I would suggested electrifying the screen, but then you might forget and get zapped yourself.
I’m thinking about a scat pad, if I can figure out how to rig it in the window sill. For now we have a mouse trap which hasn’t hurt them but scares the be-Jesus outa them. Well that and a well placed slingshot hit to the bum. 😉
Sorry to hear of your troubles with the squirrels. We don’t have them here and to be they just look adorable and I’d love to bring a couple home, although importing foreign plants and animals has caused many environmental disasters.
One idea I had was to paint some of that stuff you use to stop people from biting their fingernails around the screen. Or, perhaps you could use an essential oil of some type to deter it. It’s definitely time to show it who is boss and make sure you come out on top.
Best of luck and keep me posted.
Yes, I’ll give them credit for being pretty cute but they are so incredibly destructive. A slingshot to the back side has has given at least one of ’em a level of pause in terms of thinking about coming close to the house. 😈
rut roh…I actually ADORE squirrels (sorry)………………..maybe you need a stronger screen? That one obviously isn’t very strong 😉
They are adorably cute (and very destructive). I just wish they’d leave my house alone. The first break-in was on the original metal screen. They went through that like it was nothing. I can’t find any stronger screening short of prison bars. 😉
We have not had squirrels as aggressive as that, and I would also not tolerate it, but I would not be able to kill it either. 😳
We have huge feeders and would need to fill them every other day because of the squirrels and chipmunks. No more. A man at our monthly flea market makes squirrel proof bird feeders and the squirrels and chipmunks go elsewhere for their meals.
This guy needs a serous smack down. Costly repairs like that mean game on for sure.
Eugene, Lily Belle, and I shall watch for updates!
Thanks Bonnie. A slingshot to the behind gave him a bit of a pause yesterday. We’ll see if squirrels are ‘trainable.’ 🙂 Have a great weekend.
Like Kate said, we, too, have tons of squirrels here, but so far they have only emptied our bird-feeders. We must have some bigger (nocturnal) animal(s), though, as frequently our birdfeeders were thrown down and the hangings [in one case really sturdy wire] totally bent. I suspect its a raccoonWouldn’t you or the Ninja want to come by and guard the bird-feeders? 😉
Have a great weekend, Pit
Birdfeeders in this neighborhood are an open buffet for squirrels. Even those supposedly squirrel proof. They have insatiable appetites. I use to root for the foxes catching them for dinner but their numbers have dwindled with all the high density development. A slingshot has (so far) been fairly effective. Fingers crossed they are trainable to stay away. 😉
Hm, I’m not that good a shot. So the sling-shot option is not for me. Besides: I really don’t want to sit there from dawn to dusk. I would love to enlist the help of our kitties, but they frequently have other ideas of how to spend their day. Mostly snoozing away that is! 😉
Heh, heh…a good life for the kitties, eh?
I have a memory of my mother sitting outside with a bb gun trying to discourage pigeons. Squirrels are so annoying and destructive. One strewn everything from recycling into the yard, and baby Cole got some tinfoil with cheese on it, and required medical intervention. One of my idiot neighbors feeds them on purpose. So we also now find empty peanut shells too. I’d like to sit with a waterblaster and wait for him to come out with peanuts.
Plus one for the correct use of the technical term “rat bastard”. 😁
We have tons of squirrels here but they are more interested in our bird feeders than our house. I’m surprised the dogs are enough to scare them off.
Elsa has taken up the cause but usually is on a leash when they’re in the front yard. She has had a couple of near catches. Not sure what she’d do with it once caught, but I don’t plan on risking a potential bite from a hoodlum squirrel. 😉
Guess that old adage, ‘forbidden fruit is all the sweeter’ applies here. I would never put up a feeder-they would be insatiable and the birds would never get anything. 😉
They can’t get to the bird feeders (no, really!) but they clean up underneath.
That is fortuitous since birds can be pretty messy and all sorts of sprouts can take over the garden.
Cheeky bugger. I wonder if one of those bug zappers, laid strategically where he likes to break in, might shock him. Please, no shotguns. Maybe a large, hungry cat.
No guns for sure. We do have a slingshot that popped him in his flanks yesterday. He was pretty shocked with that. I might try one of those pads that discourage dogs and cats from being on furniture/counters that provide a pulsed jolt. Have to see what can be rigged up. I try to live in harmony with nature but this guy really irritates me at the unadulterated chutzpah he has chewing through the screen twice in less than 2 weeks. It’s not like there aren’t other food sources around. Grrr
Yep, me too, but sometimes you just have to fight back.
Exactly. The Ranch can’t tolerate a despicable interloper causing havoc wily-nilly. 😈
No, we don’t have squirrels here. Last wildlife I had an encounter with was the emu pair that went walking through the town and up into this area. When we first moved here, we used to see a lot an Kangaroos , but not so many since the land was fenced off and houses built. Even then I still saw them from time to time, but not so much now. Good luck with your pesky antagonists.
Consider yourselves lucky. Everyone thinks they are cute, but they are so destructive. Happy weekend!
Sadly I suppose that’s true. We don’t have them here so probably for many they are really cute, furry animals – so what’s your problem with these lovable little things?? Don’t include me in that, I know different…
As a rodent, they are very destructive to trees and are completely larcenous when it comes to food of any kind. Far too opportunistic which I could live if they didn’t break into the house by eating window screens.
Holy cow! Have a great weekend.
Happy weekend to you and the whole Sand Spring gang!
that reminds me a little of the griswolds as they found the squirrel in the christmas tree…. Phenny said he is ready for hunting, give him a call when you need the weimi-nator :O)
Will keep you on speed dial, Phenny! Maybe your dad can DIY some special and magical squirrel trap to remove all form of squirrels. 🐿