We need a way to discourage squirrels from getting into bird feeders and the garden. I don't want to kill them, just give them a good reminder not to enter. I thought about a couple of different airguns gut I think they would wound and eventually kill the squirrel. I then saw some airsoft spring pistols that shoot 200fps w/ a 6mm plastic BB. Would this work? I just want to give them a good non-lethal welt, not maim or kill them. If not this, then what? Thanks.
Where they set up nothing short of an obsticle course and eventualy the squirrels figured out how to get though it to the bird feeder... Perhaps you could take the hose to them, or set up a sprinkler below the feeder so you could turn it on remotely???
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i have tryed to scare them away with one of my gas airsoft guns which does about 300 fps and packs quite a sting and they still come back for seconds and thirds. and the only other non lethel thing i can think of would be paintball guns and i think you would give them internal bleeding from that which they would die of anyway.
I had a friend that used this method to keep squirrels away from his house...squirrels would make their way to the telephone pole near his house and he's smack some onions into the pole near em and get the oil in their faces...
I got one of those squirrel proof bird feeders. When the squirrel climbed up and try to eat the seed from the feeder,its weight would close the lid to the feeder. Works great. Now the squirrels occasionally try now and then to get the seed but never succeed. They get fustrated and leave. Also I put one of those squirrel-go-rounds on a tree a little distance from the feeder. You put corn on the cob on them and make it challenging for the squirrels to get to. They get so occupied trying to get the corn, they forget about the bird feeder.
I don't know about non lethal but I sure had fun plinking unshelled peanuts
February 28 2004, 12:30 AM
.....this afternoon after putting out sap buckets with the 631. Sure enough when those peanuts started skipping out to 35 yards past the apple tree, the grey squirrel was on it.
At that range, a hit would cause an injury but not instant death, so I scoped him and waited until he was broadside with a peanut, put the first mildot on the nut(@12x) and let a Copperhead Dome loose. It hit the peanut and it must've gone 8' out of his paws.
All the buckets are up and I'm moving the CD player and powered speakers up to the loft. I downloaded the starling call files from Patrick's side and edited enough together to play for two hours continuous. I'm going to start running it as the weather warms up so I can have some entries for Starling Busters.
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Go to a health food store. They have some kind of ...
February 28 2004, 12:45 AM
powdered pepper extract that will drive them away. I read an article on it but for the life of me, can not remember what it is called. I tried Cayene powder and I think they loved it. This stuff that they sell really sends the squirrels but doesn't bother the birds. If I come up with the name of it, I will post it.
as a deterrent. I aim for the upper thigh. Usually the squirrel reacts to the pellet, moves on trying to figure where the shot came from. I have time for a second or even third shot as the squirrel is driven further and further from the feeder. By then, he is madder than heck and is giving me a lot of lip but rarely comes back. I prefer this to actually putting the squirrel down but if I need to do that I prefer my RWS52 in .22 caliber.
If you use an Airsoft spring pistol of decent power, it's fun to shoot squirrels. They won't suffer any damage at all, but I hit one from about 15 yards (the guns are very accurate) and it leapt about 4 feet into the air, screeching and tumbling. It was pretty funny to watch, my friend and I were laughing for a good 30 minutes. I recommend trying it if you are curious to see what a squirrel will do when tapped out of nowhere, but to get rid of them just get a decent powerful airgun and shoot to kill.
Why do you want to use "non-lethal" methods? Is it so that you don't cause any permanent harm to the squirrel? If so, your best chance is by the catch and release method. Most of the other methods mentioned so far are potentially harmful, if not fatal to a squirrel. Anyone ever been hit in the finger with a paintball or in the eye by air soft (or flying onion) at 15 yards? (I really hope nobody here has suffered a shot to the eye from anything.) Now imagine what that does to a squirrel that is about 1/100th of your size?
IMO, leave them alone and let nature take its course, catch and release them, or shoot and eat them. Anything else has the potential for an injured squirrel to run/hobble/crawl off and either die or worse yet, live in misery.
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