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The Squirrel Cam!

Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:09 pm

So I am battling squirrels -- specifically, I have one or more that have taken up residence in the ceiling above the master bedroom. There is a small gap where the soffit doesn't come all the way down to the roof. At some point in the past, the squirrels chewed out a gap large enough to get in. Beyond all the problems they can cause nesting in the ceiling/wall, we can hear them moving around -- quite loudly. In an effort to keep them out, I put a piece of thick screen across the opening. Apparently squirrels carry wire cutters. Admittedly it was an aluminum mesh, but being pretty thick and sharp, I was hoping it would do the trick.

Now I have some solid flashing to put in place, but I don't want to do so when the squirrels are in, as that would just make things worse. So, I need to know how many there are and when the come and go. Behold -- the Squirrel Cam!
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I clipped a 4MP camera to the eaves and pointed it at their "doorway".

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Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:11 pm

Say cheese!

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I am curious to see what the camera captures. I'll probably leave it up for two or three days before trying to figure out my course of action.

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Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:51 pm

Pellet gun.
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Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:01 pm

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Pellet gun.

Against his own kind?
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Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:05 pm

I have a cat that would be most eager to get a hold of squirrels. Is willing to enter walls and/or ceilings as necessary and/or out of cat logic dictates.
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:07 pm

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Pellet gun.

Against his own kind?


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Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:47 am

SecretSquirrel has a problem with....squirrels.
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:10 am

Good luck!
I have an issue where there is a squirrel has been eating my window screens to get inside.

They can chew metal pretty good if they want.
 
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:07 am

Arvald wrote:
Good luck!
I have an issue where there is a squirrel has been eating my window screens to get inside.

They can chew metal pretty good if they want.

A little cayenne pepper on the screen maybe?
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Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:26 pm

I'd just put a loaded rat trap on the inside of that hole and let physics sort it out.
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:38 pm

Race noose trap/snag, like you do with rabbits on the ground. Spring-loaded with small "trigger" to pull the noose tight around the squirrel. Post it on YouTube and watch your feed blow up.
 
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:46 pm

Am I the only one who was hoping for miniature squirrel-mounted GoPro based on the title of this thread?
 
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:47 pm

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I'd just put a loaded rat trap on the inside of that hole and let physics sort it out.


I have no problem terminating squirrels. I grew up in the country, where squirrels and house sparrows had bounties on them. However, it's a bit harder to dispose of a dead squirrel in the city -- not impossible, just harder. My biggest concern is that I not end up with a dead squirrel in the attic/wall as that would be worse than the problem I have now. If its a momma squirrel with babies, I don't want them starving to death either. Not because I feel bad for the squirrels, but several small dead squirrels is just a big a stink as one big one.

I did get video if the interloper heading out, just after dawn this morning. I'll post that later. I also have a fair idea where the nest is, based on noise, so I'm going to get back up in the attic and see if I can get to it.

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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:49 pm

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Am I the only one who was hoping for miniature squirrel-mounted GoPro based on the title of this thread?


That would certainly be an interesting point of view. Trap the squirrel, collar it with a camera, then let it back loose... hmmm. I'm sure the end result would be the loss of the camera....

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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:33 pm

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That would certainly be an interesting point of view. Trap the squirrel, collar it with a camera, then let it back loose... hmmm. I'm sure the end result would be the loss of the camera....

Considering that squirrels have the usual rodent talent for burrowing through really small openings in an eyeblink, I'm betting you get a few amusing shots of the camera colliding with things at high speed, and then shaking madly for a few seconds.
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:47 pm

Nice crepe myrtle(s).
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Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:58 pm

I hope this ends with a good squirrel fritter.
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:17 pm

rrrhal wrote:
Am I the only one who was hoping for miniature squirrel-mounted GoPro based on the title of this thread?


No, you are not.
It's not a squirrelcam, but this one is great for what it is.
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Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:31 pm

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I hope this ends with a good squirrel fritter.
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Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:00 pm

Grams used salt, pepper, chili powder...dredged in flour, fried. Serve with gravy.
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Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:19 pm

Can you stop the squirrel(s) from getting on your roof in the first place? Cut some branches back?
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:32 am

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Can you stop the squirrel(s) from getting on your roof in the first place? Cut some branches back?

I've watched the ones around our townhome complex climb asphalt shingles at an incline less than 20 degrees off vertical, and I've heard of people greasing the galvanized steel poles supporting their bird feeders just to try and keep the stupid things out of the seed bowl.

The only guaranteed way to stop a squirrel from climbing something is with the aforementioned pellet gun.
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:08 am

When we moved to Snellbrook in Auburn Hills the people we moved in next door to had major issues with squirrels and chipmunks getting into the roof.
They had called the exterminator a 1/2 dozen times and wasn't getting rid of them.
They were about to call them again right when we moved in.

We had a pair of 15 pound male cats that knew how to hunt. We found two to four carcasses a day with the best parts eaten on our door step for a month or so.
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:09 am

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Can you stop the squirrel(s) from getting on your roof in the first place? Cut some branches back?


As others have noted, not really. I squirrel can climb the exterior rock/brickwork with no issues. Further, the fence around the back yard runs right up to the garage and they can easily hop on the roof from there. The crepe myrtle would have to go completely to keep them from using it. Squirrels can, and will, jump an extremely long way.

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Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:22 am

Yesterday's video (link goes to YouTube).

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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:23 am

Almost like he's posing for the camera, mocking you.

Squirrels also have the ability to rotate their hind feet 180 degrees. Makes them much more agile when navigating vertical surfaces like tree trunks and brick walls, as they can descend head-first.
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:14 am

If you can get at the nest area, they hate mothballs. Cram some in there in a stocking, and stink them out.
 
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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:04 pm

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If you can get at the nest area, they hate mothballs. Cram some in there in a stocking, and stink them out.

And your attic will be moth-free! :lol:
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:05 pm

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liquidsquid wrote:
If you can get at the nest area, they hate mothballs. Cram some in there in a stocking, and stink them out.

And your attic will be moth-free! :lol:


Both of these things are a positive in my book -- not that I have any moth problems. Thanks for the hint liquidsquid.

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Re: The Squirrel Cam!

Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:56 pm

My co-worker gave me some advice. Copper wire mesh. It's pretty available, apparently they don't like the taste of copper, and copper doesn't rust.
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