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Old 06-16-2016, 02:09 PM   #15
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Are squirrels afraid of small grey SUVs or is it a mini van? (I am trying to be a smart ass).

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Its a minivan and unfortunately it's only males and teenagers of both genders who are afraid of them, not squirrels.


That's my daily driver and my husband sums it up by saying, "I wouldn't want to have to drive it, but I also wouldn't want to live without it."


After two massive hurricane preps and evacuations, I refuse to buy any daily driver that won't inhale a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood. Which incidentally is the case with the Interstate itself (it might could be forced, but the potential for damage to the interior finishes would be high).
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:11 PM   #16
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Squirrel Enchiladas will solve your problem. After you skin and gut them, slow cook them in a crock pot until the meat falls off the bones. Then just use the meat in your favorite enchilada recipe.
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:21 AM   #17
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Its a minivan and unfortunately it's only males and teenagers of both genders who are afraid of them, not squirrels.
Just think… if it wasn't for minivans, there would be no soccer moms.
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:44 AM   #18
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Squirrel Enchiladas will solve your problem. After you skin and gut them, slow cook them in a crock pot until the meat falls off the bones. Then just use the meat in your favorite enchilada recipe.
The OP is in Fort Worth. If he has a squirrel problem, he's probably in an older urban or residential area because the trees have to reach a certain size for squirrels to flourish. You know how I hate to see people eating anything that has been exposed to the pesticides and herbicides that are used in over-abundance in those types of environments. He said "tomatoes" so he may not use any himself. But his neighbors, ugh...
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:24 AM   #19
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Squirrel Enchiladas will solve your problem. After you skin and gut them, slow cook them in a crock pot until the meat falls off the bones. Then just use the meat in your favorite enchilada recipe.
Cooking with Phyllis... Phyllis says, "If you don't eat squirrel, you're missing something!"

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Old 06-25-2016, 01:54 PM   #20
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The OP is in Fort Worth. If he has a squirrel problem, he's probably in an older urban or residential area because the trees have to reach a certain size for squirrels to flourish. You know how I hate to see people eating anything that has been exposed to the pesticides and herbicides that are used in over-abundance in those types of environments. He said "tomatoes" so he may not use any himself. But his neighbors, ugh...
Believe it or not there are LOTS of large trees in many, perhaps most, parts of Fort Worth except the far West, Southwest, and very far Norh neighborhoods. Additionally branches of the Trinity River weaves through much of the city and the banks of the Trinity are all dedicated park land so wild animals have easy and safe access to most neighborhoods. Animal control takes the not unreasonable position the animals were here first and humans are the invaders and leaves the wild critters alone unless they become a public nuisance. (They recently relocated a blind alligator that was bumping into private docks on Lake Worth to a more remote part of the lake where most of the other alligators live. On a previous excursion he got into the Trinity and wandered almost to downtown before he was captured and relocated.)

Our neighborhood is on a bluff above the Trinity where a very large city park is being developed and much of it returned to a "native" conditions. Squirrels, wild turkey, possums, armadillos, raccoons, cottontail rabbits, Jackrabbits, bobcats, foxes, and coyotes are among the residents in the neighborhood. Last year there were several bobcats mothers in the neighborhood teaching their young to hunt the excess squirrel population which kept the squirrels in control and the neighbors entertained watching the cubs in their yards. For whatever reason (maybe competition from the coyotes?) only one bobcat sighting has been reported this year and the squirrel population is multiplying unchecked. As a result the squirrels eating my tomatoes and the wiring in my AI
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Old 06-25-2016, 05:57 PM   #21
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As long as you have no outside pets, Marshmallows soaked in anti freeze work well on many varmints.
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Old 06-25-2016, 06:01 PM   #22
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My solution would be simple. A 12 pack, pellet gun and a nice evening in a comfortable chair. Unfortunately, squirrels don't learn. And once they start a behavior, they continue. Unless relocation is a long distance, they will return.
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Old 06-25-2016, 06:39 PM   #23
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At GTMO Bay, the local critter than can be counted on to destroy the wires and the hoses and pretty much any other soft parts under/in cars is the Cuban Hutia, aka Banana Rat. The solution is low-tech and very inexpensive and ~100% effective: plain *metal* chicken wire placed under the engine compartment and at the rubber brake hoses and any other places with easily chewed-to-destruction parts. Secure the chicken wire with cable ties. Of course, install so as to allow for unimpeded movement of suspension and steering and other moving parts. Even the military vehicles had chicken wire banana rat excluding barriers installed. Lasts for many years even in the salty coastal environment there. Easily removed and replaced whenever access is needed for maintenance, repairs. The chicken wire solution should work to exclude most any other type of chewing varmints.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:56 AM   #24
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Perhaps a bit off topic, but Joemikeb, part of your squirrel combat solution might be to escalate - i.e., plant more tomatoes. This is easily done if you compost your old tomato plants (and kitchen scraps, and most other yard waste minus grass clippings). Tomatoes need specific fermentation conditions for the seeds to germinate and low-volume composting will do the trick (low volume because the temperature won't get too high). Every year, volunteer tomatoes spring up all over our yard because of the home-made compost that I have spread. I weed out those plants that I don't want and keep the rest, producing tomatoes over a widespread area that simply overwhelm the critters (with me it's mockingbirds that are the challenge, not squirrels).

Who knows - with a sufficient number of tomato plants in place, perhaps the squirrels will ignore your Interstate entirely and you will have no more wire chewing. Plus you will have tomatoes like these. I took this pic yesterday afternoon with you in mind. My husband had scolded me for allowing most of our tomatoes to rot on the vine, but we have literally had five Interstate projects in progress simultaneously and no time to tend to the garden this year. So I promised him that I would whip up a batch of Cuban black beans, into which all of these ripe tomatoes went (and several pounds more). Simultaneously I made our new computer table for the Interstate; cooking beans requires the gas stove to be on for 10 hours straight which means I must remain in the house. It's a good time to tackle in situ Interstate projects.
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I have tried commercial squirrel repellent granules and spray and even fox urine but these little pests are persistent. Any suggestions are appreciated — especially if it also helps keep them out of my tomatoes too.
I've has similar issues on a Toyota but with mice (apparently Toyota in being eco friendly makes some part casings from vegetable derivatives instead of plastic and so the engine compartment smells like a buffet to some critters). Besides what you have mentioned, wire meshing openings is one method, but the one that so far works for me is strategically placing (far from hot engine) peppermint extract soaked cotton balls under the hood. Don't know if squirrels hate the smell as much as mice but so far I have no more mice droppings. I heard about fox urine but didn't want to risk having that smell enter my cabin, whatever it smells like. Also peppermint extract is sold in the baking aisle while fox urine isn't. Also I don't even want to buy fox urine bcc it's forces me to think how a bottle of that is collected anyway. Good luck.
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I had rats feasting on the wiring of my wife's Lexus. I have now wrapped the wiring with "Honda Rat Tape", available on line or at the dealer. The
tape has capsaicin in it and has worked well so far. I plan to wrap the AI wieing as a precaution.
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