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Old 09-18-06, 03:38 PM   #1
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crazy squirrels

My commuter has become a hidey-hole for squirrel food stuffs. Over the past few days I have found tiny apples, acorns, and chunks of hostess pie tucked away amongst the spokes and freewheel, and jammed between my blinkies.

Why? What are they thinking? What makes the brake and shifter cables on my handlebars ideal for wedging half-eaten brownies?

I don't want squirrels playing in my spokes or leaving me gifts. I hope they'll learn soon. Makes my morning bike-check a lot weirder, and I suspect their shenannigans have something to do with my recent rear wheel issues.
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My commuter has become a hidey-hole for squirrel food stuffs. Over the past few days I have found tiny apples, acorns, and chunks of hostess pie tucked away amongst the spokes and freewheel, and jammed between my blinkies.
The acorns throws my theory off... I read apples and Hostess pies and thought maybe you had a stoner infestation. (Squirrels or stoners, I don't want either one hiding their munchies on my bike.)
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The LBS hangs some bikes on the porch from the back wheels. They kept finding apples under the seats.
It was assumed that it was kids. The surveliance found out it was squirrels. The squirrels are putting food away for the winter.
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Give 'em some other place to hide their stash. I thought this thread was gonna be about squirrels trying to jump through your spokes.
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My commuter has become a hidey-hole for squirrel food stuffs. Over the past few days I have found tiny apples, acorns, and chunks of hostess pie tucked away amongst the spokes and freewheel, and jammed between my blinkies.

Why? What are they thinking? What makes the brake and shifter cables on my handlebars ideal for wedging half-eaten brownies?

I don't want squirrels playing in my spokes or leaving me gifts. I hope they'll learn soon. Makes my morning bike-check a lot weirder, and I suspect their shenannigans have something to do with my recent rear wheel issues.
hahahahahahha i love it
squirrels are the best!
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Give 'em some other place to hide their stash. I thought this thread was gonna be about squirrels trying to jump through your spokes.
I had a rabbit run under my front wheel . I had him for supper that evening!
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I say just kill the squirrels.

I have an ongoing fued with these things. They think they can live in my house, and I disagree.
If you take a few of them out..its fewer I have to kill
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I have my own crazy squirrel story... We used to feed the squirrels orange slices... cut the orange into pieces and leave them out... well, we didn't realize how much they liked them until Christmas one year, when we had the BIG colored lights on the house. We came out one morning and the lights weren't on... upon closer inspection, EVERY SINGLE orange bulb was gone, along with about 6" of electrical wire at each. We didn't figure it out til about a week later when they started dropping the light bulbs out of the pine trees!!!

What I still can't figure out is how the silly squirrel managed to not get electrocuted when he chewed through the live wires!
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That's an unbelieveable story claughlin!! Ya know, last nite on my ride home, I was thinking, "Good thing squirrels aren't noctural animals!" So I guess we can all be thankful for that.
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That's an unbelieveable story claughlin!! Ya know, last nite on my ride home, I was thinking, "Good thing squirrels aren't noctural animals!" So I guess we can all be thankful for that.
We used to have an infestation of flying squirrels in our attic - they are the worst of all worlds squirril like, and nocturnal. They would wait until we were 75% asleep before we would hear the squeals of delight that our house was now theirs. Took a couple of years to finally rid ourselves of all of them.
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My commuter has become a hidey-hole for squirrel food stuffs. Over the past few days I have found tiny apples, acorns, and chunks of hostess pie tucked away amongst the spokes and freewheel, and jammed between my blinkies.

Why? What are they thinking? What makes the brake and shifter cables on my handlebars ideal for wedging half-eaten brownies?

I don't want squirrels playing in my spokes or leaving me gifts. I hope they'll learn soon. Makes my morning bike-check a lot weirder, and I suspect their shenannigans have something to do with my recent rear wheel issues.
Hahahaha... :rotfl: LOL now that's a good one. Totally cracked me up. This might help but tape some packets of teabags filled with cayane pepper under your seat and then sprinkle around the parimeter of your bike. I may help deter them from from messing with your bike. I've tried the trap and relocate thing before but the buggers came back. I know it was the same bugger cause that bugger had a little orange paint on the tail when I get them out of the trap about 1 km away. If it gets bad you might want to pick up a cheap pellet airgun, cheap scope, and some pellets and snipe the bugger away. Make sure you practice your shots well inside your home with a good backstop (carpet/rug/towel hung up) till your accuracy is good. Use pointed pellets and aim for the head which will one-shot-kill and/or stun the squirrel then follow up with a lung shot. Some people like open sights but I prefer a cheap scope. Ups your accuracy and I know where my shots going to land each time. Just my preference.

Oh yes, some people report squirrels make a good meal. I don't shoot them too often and if I do I just take the kill to the local revine to feed the local animals. Circle of life you know.


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I was sitting around a campfire once when some friends of mine started pointing up and shouting. The trees over us had HUNDREDS of squirrel tails, decapitated heads, and spinal cords draped over all its branches. There were piles of skins at the base, it was pretty sick, food or no.

At around midnight that night some guys drove up to our site and asked us 'where our wives were', and then said they thought we were sexy. True story.

I'll just keep removing the bits and pieces, and hope that its not the squirrels that are the cause of my wheel losing its true.
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I'm not going to comment on that one. I'll forget I ever read it, in fact. The mental image is... Disturbing.

Squirrels are insane. At the university I attended, they would toss nuts at students walking under their big trees... For sport. You could almost hear them chuckle.

I swear the line of walnuts on the bike path this morning was from a squirrel. I'm sure he was sitting in his tree, rubbing together his little palms, just waiting for the cyclists to rain down in a thunderous roar.

Damn squirrels.
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I don't know if this will work, but I've known people to place large quantities of moth balls in storage areas to keep away mice, so maybe it will work with squirrels, too. Aren't they kind of big mice with an attitude? :-D
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I was sitting around a campfire once when some friends of mine started pointing up and shouting. The trees over us had HUNDREDS of squirrel tails, decapitated heads, and spinal cords draped over all its branches. There were piles of skins at the base, it was pretty sick, food or no.

At around midnight that night some guys drove up to our site and asked us 'where our wives were', and then said they thought we were sexy. True story.

I'll just keep removing the bits and pieces, and hope that its not the squirrels that are the cause of my wheel losing its true.

that's horrifying

do you think it was some sicko doing that, or an owl or something? ugh.
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Squirrels are fine out in the country, in the woods, where they belong. In the city, i absolutely LOATHE them. TOTAL PAINS IN THE ARSES!

Please, anybody, tell me an effective way to silently kill squirrels in the neighborhood without the wife finding out what you are up to.

Right now I'm experimenting with carefully placed rat bait bars. I've killed a squirrel that was under my porch with D-Con rat pellets. The pellets are messy though, so I'm hoping these Rode-trol rat poison bars are better. These squirrels are absolutely RUINING the trees in my neighborhood. My neighbor had them all inside his attic. They are a TOTAL NUISANCE!
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Be careful with the poison. Kids, dogs, and cats will eat it, too.

I'm not going to name names... But a guy in my old neighborhood waged war against another rodentlike nuisance (chipmunks) one summer. The guy had a chalkboard on his wall where he kept tally. Initially, hed just sit on the back porch with a pellet gun and pick them off. Later, they got smart, and he went inside and took shots through a window. They adapted to this, too, and when he started sliding open the window they would run for the hills...

By the end of the summer he had graduated to a .22 that had some sort of silencing device (we live in the burbs!!) and installing a flap in a screen on the 2nd story window.

Fatigues were optional.

I think his final tally was in the 80's.

I'm not judging this a good or bad deed, just relating the story
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Squirrels are fine out in the country, in the woods, where they belong. In the city, i absolutely LOATHE them. TOTAL PAINS IN THE ARSES!

Please, anybody, tell me an effective way to silently kill squirrels in the neighborhood without the wife finding out what you are up to.

Right now I'm experimenting with carefully placed rat bait bars. I've killed a squirrel that was under my porch with D-Con rat pellets. The pellets are messy though, so I'm hoping these Rode-trol rat poison bars are better. These squirrels are absolutely RUINING the trees in my neighborhood. My neighbor had them all inside his attic. They are a TOTAL NUISANCE!

Daisy and several other manufacturers make pellet guns that you don't need to pump up. They have a cocking mechanism that uses the barrel to set a huge spring. These usually cost about $100-$200 to get one suitable for plinking. If you go this route, make sure you get the gun well sighted in and get a lot of practice before using it in a neighborhood.
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I don't think that killing the squirrels will solve your problem. If you kill one, you'd just be opening up the territory for another one to stuff crap in your spokes.

Try to make your bike less appealing to the squirrels. I can't imagine how to do that, but then again, I don't see what's so appealing about George Clooney. Don't get me wrong; he seems like a nice guy, but I just don't get it. Even so, if I thought George Clooney was trailing me, day after day, I'd scour the web for an article that listed his "turn-offs". If George doesn't like kielbasa, I'd keep one in my jersey pocket.

So, scour the web for squirrel repellents --unless you have a good recipe for tiny buffalo wings.
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I was sitting around a campfire once when some friends of mine started pointing up and shouting. The trees over us had HUNDREDS of squirrel tails, decapitated heads, and spinal cords draped over all its branches. There were piles of skins at the base, it was pretty sick, food or no.

At around midnight that night some guys drove up to our site and asked us 'where our wives were', and then said they thought we were sexy. True story.

I'll just keep removing the bits and pieces, and hope that its not the squirrels that are the cause of my wheel losing its true.
O_o;; Why does that remind me of Predator for some reason. O_____o;;;;



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I was sitting around a campfire once when some friends of mine started pointing up and shouting. The trees over us had HUNDREDS of squirrel tails, decapitated heads, and spinal cords draped over all its branches. There were piles of skins at the base, it was pretty sick, food or no.

At around midnight that night some guys drove up to our site and asked us 'where our wives were', and then said they thought we were sexy. True story.

I'll just keep removing the bits and pieces, and hope that its not the squirrels that are the cause of my wheel losing its true.
Thats Just plain Creepy. I actually don't mind squirrels that much but if they get in my way while biking then oh well they run or die.
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this may be the weirdest but funniest thread i've ever seen on bf. not trying to analyse what that says about me, i'm just sayin'.

that campfire incident sounds like deliverance.
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If this is happening in your yard or garage where you store you bike, you need a dog. My dog has killed two rats, 1 mole, and 1 squirel in the first six months here (that my wife knows about). She was so upset about the squirel getting butchered in front of us that I haven't told her about the other three bodies I've found.

No more problems with squirels leaving food around though.
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Cats are more effective at that, and they sometimes even deliver the bodies to your bedroom. How handy.

I do prefer the hounds, tho. Have 3, no cats.
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how about just using this http://www.critter-repellent.com/squ...-repellant.php
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