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Old 09-13-2022, 02:49 AM   #21
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I always bring a few rolls of duct Tape.
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Old 09-13-2022, 03:38 AM   #22
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We have a black walnut in front of the house along the drive. Squirrels will take and stash the nuts inside of any opening. Years ago, my wifes car had the blower motor destroyed when they chewed and stashed nuts in the plenum. Provided the dealer some Stainless Steel mesh and they installed it over the plenum openings that car manufacturers think are a great idea. Haven't had a problem since then.
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Old 09-13-2022, 06:38 AM   #23
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Several years ago I was driving my 1999 Ford Ranger in the middle lane, in Chicago rush hour traffic, when the accelerator stuck. All of a sudden the RPMs just kept increasing! First thought it was the floor mat on pedal but no. After a measure of panic I put it in neutral. Of course the engine started to red line+. More panic caused me to turn the engine off. Surprise, no steering. Turned key on partially and somehow made my way to shoulder while slowing from maybe 100 mph.

Opened hood and found nothing. Not sure what prompted me but eventually I felt under the air cleaner, on top of intake manifold and felt a rock. Pulled it out to actually find a walnut that had managed to jam the throttle linkage.
Wow, that's terrifying!
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We can't leave any chair cushions outside on the deck as our squirrels tear them up.

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Old 09-13-2022, 09:35 AM   #25
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We had squirrels come down the chimney in our lakehouse. Then they couldnít get out. They tore the heck out of the house. I called it the Mississippi Squirrel Revival.

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Haven't had that happen but have had them chew through rubber made tubs.
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Old 09-13-2022, 10:25 AM   #27
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If a ground squirrel or mouse did the damage, go look in your truckís air cleaner for the missing materials.
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Old 10-05-2022, 07:21 AM   #28
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Seat and other upholstery materials make great nest building supplies. It's like the rodent Home Depot !

Worst squirrels we have here in SW Michigan are the American Red Squirrels. They are mischievous, agile and fast, little S&*^ts ! Cause all kinds of trouble. Would almost seem as if they intentionally enjoy aggravating people.
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Damn squirrels, real acrobats at getting into all sorts of mischief. Took a few years to outwit them with my bird feeders. Now pulling black walnut tree sprouts out of the garden is a common practice each Spring. What really ticks me off is when they're still burying nuts in newly planted seed beds. Learned to coexist though.
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My neighbor has a huge walnut tree. Likewise squirrels. They are burying nuts in the yard right now. Driving the dog nuts. Oh well. A minor issue in today's complex world. Question though. How did you outsmart them with the feeders. I have to put mine out soon.
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My neighbor has a huge walnut tree. Likewise squirrels. They are burying nuts in the yard right now. Driving the dog nuts. Oh well. A minor issue in today's complex world. Question though. How did you outsmart them with the feeders. I have to put mine out soon.
My Daughter doesn't have a squirrel problem. Her two dogs just love them. They think they taste good
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My neighbor has a huge walnut tree. Likewise squirrels. They are burying nuts in the yard right now. Driving the dog nuts. Oh well. A minor issue in today's complex world. Question though. How did you outsmart them with the feeders. I have to put mine out soon.
Providing , the squirrels can't leap from a tree branch to the feeder pole, and even then greasing the pole with cooking oil helps. PVC pipe large enough they can't grip their paws on works too. Those tree rats are masters at ingenuity and occasionally I'll still get a wise one. The feeder type makes a difference too. Spring loaded closers or trayless, large cones on top, anything they can't hang on to.
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I'm SOL. I have all of those things. Guess I'll just enjoy the squirrels too.
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Providing , the squirrels can't leap from a tree branch to the feeder pole, and even then greasing the pole with cooking oil helps. PVC pipe large enough they can't grip their paws on works too. Those tree rats are masters at ingenuity and occasionally I'll still get a wise one. The feeder type makes a difference too. Spring loaded closers or trayless, large cones on top, anything they can't hang on to.
Non of those things work for the squirls here. We have bought several of the spring loaded feeders, The do not slow the squrirls down even. and yes they can jump.

The best things that slow them down just a little are our Hawks and Eagles. We have to be careful the squirrles are the least of the bird reeders issues

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