Take Me to your Leader

0116f95d117(2)014e53f9d85(2)Can we talk? I want to negotiate. Are you the head squirrel I can bargain with? I am okay with sharing mangos with you guys but the tree is bearing its last 20 or so fruit and you’ve been eating them faster than I can get to them. And it really bothers me that you take a few bites out of one, then move to another, and another. Can’t you all agree on one piece of fruit and eat that one completely before moving to the next? While we’re having a discussion, why is it that you’re favoring the fruit that are hanging on tree limbs over the pool? Is it because you want a water view while munching out? The problem, my furry friends, is that as you discard peel it is falling into the pool and making a mess. My automatic pool sweep is full of your mango scraps and the half eaten fruits that it can’t suck-up up are littering the bottom of the pool. How is it that you manage to partially eat fruit, which end up falling into the pool, but you never fall in with it? It would be pretty funny to see you taking a nose dive into the water. I know that’s an evil thought. I guess it’s good that you don’t because the pool sweep would not be able to suck you up; you wouldn’t fit through the hose. Would it be too much to ask if you could choose fruit that is over the ground instead of over water? And how about it if you go for the fruit that is high on the tree that I would risk my life on a high ladder to reach or need an airplane to get to? It’s easy for you. Why do you insist on taking the stuff that is lower on the tree that I can more easily pick? It seems you have a strategy: eat the low stuff first and save the high ones for later since you know I can’t get to them. Cruel.

At first I thought you liked ripe mango so I would try to pick the fruit before it was fully mature but I soon learned that you are not particular; you eat it green too. I’m willing to split those last 20 mangos with you. Please send over your leader for a truce… or have him text me.

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15 thoughts on “Take Me to your Leader

  1. My dog Snoopy loooooves to chase squirrels and even tries to climb trees to catch them! No success. So I’ve resorted to training him to dig up their winter stores of chestnuts to throw over the fence away from my edible ground plants. Now that seems to work — they’ve mostly moved to my neighbor’s yard — lol!!!

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  2. Netting, if you want to take the time needed to plop each fruit into a type of net bag, then perhaps this would deter the darn squirrels or at least leave the fruit on the trees. I’m not certain that will work, I just read about it from another gardener. Hopefully, less fruit in your pool that way.. I too have a super highway of squirrels and can relate to your garden woes with these critters.. Take care and I’ll hope for the best for your fruit trees.. Happy gardening to ya, from Laura …

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  3. squirrels are always problem in my garden too. There is a squirrel we call ‘rabbit’ because he hasn’t got any tail (maybe lost in a fight?) and just looks like a rabbit, but yesterday I realised that we haven’t seen him for a while. I wonder if something might happened to him?! Although he was a nuisance, I want him to be well and come to mess my garden rather than …. (you know what I am thinking).

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  4. Good luck in dealing with them. They are the smartest little buggers I’ve ever had the misfortune to battle! Years of seeking out the “squirrel proof” bird feeders, attachments, tricks, suggestions, resulted in a score of squirrels 100, Browns 0. More than willing to share, we put out corn on the cob for them. When we didn’t replenish the supply fast enough one of our backyard squirrels actually came up to the sliding glass door and tapped on it, looking in as if to say “Uh, excuse me, we need more corn now!”.

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  5. If you manage to get them talking, let me know. We could use some negotiating tips as our squirrels keep chewing on a rubbermaid container on our back porch that has their corn and sunflower seed snacks we give them from time to time. Sneaky, crafty lil buggers…

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