William Bronson wrote: I'm going to suggest something that is NOT poison.
Concrete or drywall powder in peanut butter.
Isolate someplace that domestic animals cannot access,at the end of a length of capped pipe,or in the branches of a tree.
I have not tried this method,but came across it when looking for a way to enjoy the peaches from my tree.
So barriers,baiting,abundance, and predators,domestic or otherwise.
Norma Guy wrote:Daron; I like that solution, and I agree with the “food desert” concept to a certain extent. While there are abundant nuts and berries in the area, we will basically be planting an oasis that I’m worried will draw more and larger beasties than just the squirrels. The other animals are easy enough to keep out with proper fencing, and there are enough hazelnuts, blueberries and raspberries out there to keep the bears occupied for miles around. But the squirrels are little and wily, and aside from putting up a giant dome I’m not sure what would assuage their desire for my people food. The property is 160 acres of varied landscape including wetland, creeks and ponds, and our homestead site is between rocky hills in a flat valley high above flowing water level (the land is surrounded on three sides by a creek, and cliffs on the other). We had always planned to rehabilitate the land, increasing biodiversity by planting native, fruit/nut bearing plants, as it was logged in the past and the damage in the area surrounding our property is obvious. Establishing a wide perimeter of food plants on the accessible edges might make the critters less likely to wander to the interior of the property, which is protected by rocky hills with steep grade changes, and physically more difficult to reach (from my human perspective anyway).
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Perhaps recruit the squirrels to harvest the nuts for you. For example, this box was filled with walnuts soon after being installed.
I can't find the photo right now, but one year I inadvertently left a half bushel basket at the base of the walnut tree. It had a gallon pot in it. The squirrels filled the whole thing with nuts. I emptied it, and it got filled twice more. They poke nuts into every cavity in every tree. They poke nuts into every hole in the ground... Upright cinder-blocks laying on the ground are a nut magnet. One gallon pots are highly favored.
There's a project for a permaculture inventor.... Study squirrels, and test designs, and share blueprints for boxes that are irresistible to squirrels as a stash place for nuts. I think that the best designs will have an easy empty feature so that they can be easily robbed.
Norma Guy wrote:
My question here is, how do I keep them out of the food? Is death the only answer? I'm not a big fan of traps.
Norma Guy wrote: Please tell me about your experiences and solutions!
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