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Squirrel Saga - new twist
Hi All, OK, in our attempt to save the tomatoes we set up some havaheart traps to catch the squirrels that have been eating all the ripening tomatoes. Well, the one trap caught an opossum. I found it tonight, no movement at all even after turning the cage on its side. Shoot, not what I wanted to do. Called my roomie to come down and dispose of the body. Well, on her way into the woods with the trap the opossum opened one eye to look at her - wish I had been there to see her freak out! It was playing possum! Waddled away just fine. Calling professionals to trap the sq's tomorrow - they ate three more tomatoes today after laughing at the stupid 'possum... Beth
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Squirrels are just filling
Squirrels are just filling the vacuum now. But they don't know to look in the garden so we'll keep relocating them until vacation. They are thrilled with the sunflower seeds near and in the traps. Picking tons of cherry toms and the regular toms are ripening unmolested on the vine. Beth

 

 

 

 

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Beth - gosh that's a lot of

Beth - gosh that's a lot of squirrels! Are you still catching the originals, or are they cycling through now?

I wish my wasps killed caterpillars. I wish anything hunted Japanese beetles... I've been seeing some of the horrid orange spotted ones on my melons, in addition to the nasty striped ones.

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Hi Gisette, Squirrels 8, 9
Hi Gisette, Squirrels 8, 9 and 10 are gone! No wonder I couldn't harvest many tomatoes last year. I know new ones are moving in (squirrels, not tomatoes ;>)), but they are so interested in the traps/birdfood that they aren't touching the tomatoes. My wasps down here do an excellent job of hunting caterpillars. I've seen them saw off parts of the 'pillar and carry it away - then come back for the rest! Beth

 

 

 

 

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Beth - aha! on the Japanese

Beth - aha! on the Japanese beetles. Congratulations on the squirrel progress!

For some reason, again today I see few beetles. Don't know why, though there's been an increase in wasps and such visiting the cukes & melons. I wouldn't have expected beetles to worry about wasps, but perhaps they are prey to ... something. Beyond grub stage. Or perhaps it's just been too chilly at night for them.

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Hi Gisette,   Squirrels #6

Hi Gisette,

  Squirrels #6 and #7 are gone.  Gonna quit my day job and trap squirrels! The jap beetles around here (whole neighborhood) were really awful a few years ago.  Moles eat grubs (especially jap beetle grubs).  More moles = less jap beetles.  Less jap beetle grubs = less moles (hopefully!).  The only fly in the ointment is my rich organic garden and the supply of earthworms.  So the remaining moles will concentrate back there (sigh).

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Congratulations on the

Congratulations on the squirrel progress! May they be very happy in their new home.

I envy you the big blueberry harvest! Our whole haul may come to 30 or so. But the commercial orchards down the road will have pick-your-own soon... I'm thinking of picking a bunch and drying them.

Tell me more about the Japanese beetles being a non-problem this year? I'd been picking more and more off my cukes and melons each day, until today, when I suddenly didn't see any. Which surprised me. They haven't done much damage, but I'd kinda figured they just hadn't arrived in force, yet.

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Excellent idea, Gisette!
Excellent idea, Gisette! Moles have invaded the whole neighborhood but japanese beetls are a non-problem this year. Once food supply runs out they should lessen. Worms have learned to live above the hardware cloth in the protected raised beds. Sq #4 and #5 have been relocated, #6 is going tomorrow. Tomatoes ripening unmolested (except for stink bug damage). Always something. Major blueberry picking going to be done on Saturday! Beth

 

 

 

 

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Amen - that was very sweet of

Amen - that was very sweet of him! You could toss him a guilt offering of $30 or something for excellent professional advice. Who knows, the conversation might yield some useful wisdom on mole control.

 

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Well, the animal guy said to
Well, the animal guy said to just stick the traps where the sq's hang out (under the bird feeder - baited with sunflower seeds with a trail into the trap). We were putting the traps in the woods and covered in leaves. Apparently sq's don't like enclosed spaces. They were crawling all over the darn things! No fear at all - just takes some time for them to trip them. Didn't help we had a small trap at first - don't know what we were thinking - no way an sq with a big fluffy tail was going to get trapped in that. Can't believe the animal guy just told us what to do instead of trying to get $400 from us (but this is Southern Maryland. Some real nice folks down here). We'll see if we can get the one more bold one tomorrow.... Beth

 

 

 

 

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Wow, Beth! To what do you

Wow, Beth! To what do you attribute the suddenly increased effectiveness of the havaheart traps? More cherry tomatoes ripening?  Congratulations on getting to keep some!

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