Rahul Swain

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Here is an update after 6 months. We had critter control people set traps on the roof, in the attic - sure enough they caught a bunch of baby squirrels and a fat mommy. While they informed me they will leave them to the woods far away, something about the interaction gave me a feeling they will be terminated.

We had a roof expert come and fill any holes/gaps3 months back but now, yes now.. there are new squirrels up there. How they got in and what the roof guys did not fix, am not sure.

I have given up and am not gong to fight this battle with nature's creations..
8 months ago
Here is an update to our situation. After spotting a squirrel in the accesible attic, I called in animal experts.  They set multiple traps on the roof and deck, after 10 days we had a haul of 5 juves and 1 mamma squirrel. For almost months, I had set traps in the attic but caught none .. I now why, the experts kept the trap open for many days putting lots of peanuts. After that, all squirrels got trapped.

Now the repairs start tomorrow as they have made multiple holes having entered at the chimney/roof thanks to some fierce storms vacating the siding. All for a grand total of 600$, boy we now positively hate them now...
1 year ago

r ranson wrote:I have an organic wool mattress fromShepherd's Dream.  Been using it at least 10 years.  Love it.

Being wool, and therefore a naturally non-flammable material, most regulations don't require fire suppression to be added to the mattress.  The only ingredients are wool, wool, more wool and cotton thread.

Depending on where you live, most mattresses require a prescription to be made chemical free, but wool usually doesn't.

After ten years, the mattress has compressed a bit in the center, as expected.  Part of this is my fault as I don't turn the mattress as often as I should.

The bedframe needs to let the mattress breath, so slatted wood or rope frames are most common.  The mattress fits on an Ikea bed frame just fine.  I have a simple, unfinished pine one.  

At the shop where I bought the mattress, they had it displayed on tatami mats.  This was incredibly comfortable and if I had the money, I would most definitely use this for a sleeping platform.  Some of my most comfortable nights have been on a thin cotton or wool mattress on tatami mats.  Or even just a blanket between the mat and myself were enough for a delightful sleep - I like a firm mattress whenever possible.

One of the most important things with a natural bedding mattress is that you fold down your covers each morning so that the mattress can breath.  DON'T make your bed first thing.  If you MUST make your bed for one reason or another, than do so after breakfast.


Other mattresses I've tried are wool and straw ticks that we use for medieval recreation.  This is very different than the Shepherd's dream mattress.  These are basically a sack of duck cloth that are stuffed with straw or wool that has been fluffed up.  After a couple of nights, the contents need to be repositioned a little, but it's not much more bother than fluffing a pillow - especially if you have the special mattress fluffing stick.  With straw, one usually needs to change the filling every year or 6 months.  With wool, every year or two.  



Similar to ranson, we have a latex mattress for our kidsbunk bed and I use afuton type cotton mattress  with wool of 4" inch, it sits on a separate flat surface bed besides our king bed. When the back pain flares, I sleep on this .. it helps to some extent.

Besides this the best remedy is Yoga, search for ramdev backpain yoga in YouTube.. is what ancient sages did.
1 year ago

James Freyr wrote:I had squirrels in my attic at a place I lived in 15 years ago, and I tried a few things like fox or coyote urine hoping they would vacate and find a new home, but it didn't work. What did work is a live trap baited with peanut butter, then I drove said squirrels 15 miles away to my dads place and released them in the woods behind his house.

I don't want to alarm you, but squirrels have been known to chew on electrical wires and start fires. The live trap will work, one squirrel at a time, and take them far far away. I found walking around in the attic with the lights off on a sunny day is a good way to find the spot where they are entering the attic, and seal up their entrance.



Thanks much, a live bait trap set has not found any luck for many weeks.
1 year ago
Oustanding posts, especially the pictures of joseph with the strings. I walk bare foot most of Summer and Spring around the yard, in the neighbor hood but not futher. The walking paths are mostly man made so it makes more sense to me to do it on natural terrain.
Lots of neighbours point to me feet and I just smile, wish them a good day.
1 year ago
Firstly, am not sure if this is a right topic as everything is related to critter caring.

We have an accessible attic and somewhere between that, roof is a nice family of squirrels every year. We have had multiple critter and animal control folks come by and they cannot spot it. One of them ran into our house and we got the entry sealed but they must have found another entrance. It might be on the roof inaccessible from the house, anyway does anyone have a similar experience? Everyone tells us its just a nuisance and they dont do damage, just difficult to hear all those grinding noises and not be alarmed. Any practical advice be great.
1 year ago
Wow, I never knew the difference.. the gifs are as hilarious as knowledgeable. We do have some of the borer bees now that its spring, assume they are part of the good guys.
1 year ago

Gabriel Lavinsky wrote:Hi people, first sorry for my English (I'm from Brasil). The deal is, having read some stuff about toxicity of tires, and that it should not be used for producing edible vegetables because of it's leaching effect on the soil and water; or even studies concerning dangerous uses of rubber crumb on soccer fields and playgrounds (check this for more info: http://www.plasticfieldsfornever.org/turf_report07.pdf).
Considering all this info, i would really like to understand if some uses of reused tire are really interesting, such as using it for leveling the ground, burying it for ecological sanitary uses or for building house walls with it. Any info you know about it, and if is there a conclusion on whether there is a safe use for reused tires, will be very welcome!



I agree your english is quite good, actually. There is a place near our neighborhood where they are building a community structure, it has used tiers filled with concerete holding up lights for the road inside.. a bit creative I thought.
1 year ago