Gardeners have one of the most challenging pastimes of all hobbyists.
Other hobbies are usually under the control of one person and not subject
to the various natural disasters in existence. Model airplanes don’t
worry about being caught in a storm on their trip through the living
room. Cross stitchers don’t have to fear wild animals coming and devouring
their work (unless they have a cat with a gigantic appetite). Gardeners,
on the other hand, face insects, drought, wind, storms, animals and
countless other obstacles. Many of these can be repelled with a simple
smell, a certain flower, or a large fence. However, few obstacles display
the intellectual creativity, physical fortitude, and dogged persistence
as the all-powerful squirrel.
It’s never an easy thing to see your hard work devoured by an army of
vicious rodents. Squirrels seem to be able to mount a precision offensive
to capture or destroy any obstacle – particularly when it comes to vegetables
or flowers in the garden. And if you happen to be the lucky gardener
who tries to grow tulips or crocuses, the squirrels thank you. You are
now the proud bearer of the Holy Grail of squirrel-dom. It doesn’t matter
if you bury the bulbs – they have maps, they can follow the clues, and
they know where to find them. The worst part is, if they can’t find
their grail … they go after just about anything else you offer them.
Many people wonder how they can ever hope to mount a defense against
the charging ranks of the squirrel army. How will they save their hobby
from the rodents’ vicious jaws, sharp claws, and terrible appetites?
They try to put up a fence, but squirrels can go over, under, or through
just about anything that you put in their way. That’s how so many of
them end up having a barbecue after trespassing into a power transformer.
Some people try to get dogs or cats to chase the squirrels. This is
as futile as the fence. The squirrel can outsmart the cat because it
has been raised in the wild, while the cat has been raised in the windowsill.
The squirrel an outsmart the dog because … well, it’s a dog. Both of
these defenses are like trying to catch a greased pig … another useless
defense against squirrel-zilla.
Some people suggest that deer repellant works with the squirrels. Perhaps
they are distant cousins. Or the deer serve as the mounts for the squirrel
infantry. Regardless of why, there is at least some limited intelligence
that this works and it may be worth a try.
But when it comes to squirrels eating where they don’t belong, there’s
one secret weapon that seems to be successful: the dreaded red pepper
bomb. It appears that the squirrel army can’t handle hot foods and red
pepper seems to really set them off. They’ll stay away from your flowers,
but if you use this technique on your vegetable garden, prepare to be
cooking Tex-Mex style for a while.
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