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Old 08-10-2007, 05:27 PM   #1
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A big dilema........

Not BBQ related but a dilema nonetheless.
My daughter planted these sunflowers from seed in the spring. She has watched them grow and taken great care to make sure they will sprout the "new seeds" and the flower. The problem we've had in the past with growing these is the rats with bushy tails. (Otherwise known as squirrels)
They seem to monitor when the flowers are blooming and the seeds are ripe. Then they proceed to jump off any solid area and break the tops off.
These are very special to my daughter. If anyone has a scare tactic(Other than firearms..my choice, explosives) or any other urban way of keeping these creatures from ruining her favorite flower PLEASE let me know.

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Old 08-10-2007, 05:47 PM   #2
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Tie pictures of you around the flowers!
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Old 08-10-2007, 06:06 PM   #3
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Quote:
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Tie pictures of you around the flowers!
$hit, they won't bloom then! Try netting over the flowers.
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Old 08-10-2007, 07:06 PM   #4
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Larry go to ....
Nick you too....but my Grandma used to use netting on her fruit trees to keep the birds away. I think it was like a cheese cloth?? Not sure She put them on her berry bushes too.(Don't even )
WD I think it's too late for a trap......this is the "hood " of squirrels Countless #'s of them

I've seen people put plastic owls out. But I think it was for bats or some other winged devil
Guys I really don't want my daughter's heart to break........there has to be something.............

I could hang pics of Larry but that would scare all the wildlife within a 5 mi. radius (But what about the crack pics?? Hmmmm )
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:34 PM   #5
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Just a suggestion we use rebar to stake our tomatoes with maybe next year plant away from the roof line.

I think the trap idea is a good one.

Wonder how squirrel tastes smoked>>>/??
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:44 PM   #6
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You're screwed, Puff. Tree rats love sunflower seeds, and they'll keep gettin' to them almost no matter what you do. I fought squirrels for a couple years trying to keep 'em off the bird feeders. (I won, but my solution won't help for sunflower plants.) Only thing I can think of is to build a well-anchored enclosure for the plants out of rebar and expanded metal.

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They sell owls that have infrared sensor and will look at the criiter and then screech real loud... Let me find a link...

http://www.nextag.com/Easy-Gardner--...owl/brand-html



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Old 08-10-2007, 10:32 PM   #8
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Geeez. I find the "no firearms" kinda limiting.
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Buy her a 22 and teach her the laws of nature...only the strong survive. [smilie=rlp_smilie_312.gif]

You could use the seeds as bait then pick 'em off one at a time and put some rub on them and smoke 'em. The seeds that are left can be saved for next year and tell her to find a competant adult to put them some place where the squirrels can't get to them. She can save next years' seeds and keep planting...kind of a heirloom-type thing.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:57 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the answers everyone. I didn't think the damn things would get so tall that's why she planted them there. She's been outside 4 times this morning chasing them away. (A losing battle) I think nature is just going to take it's course we'll see.
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