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tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 06 9:20 pm    Post subject: Squirrel Control  Reply with quote    

Just read an article in the Smallwoods association about a lethal trap for squirrels, looks really good, it's called a Kania trap and is available from:

www.killgerm.com

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 33022
Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 06 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

does anyone plan on eating them
if i was fitter / nearer / had more time id offer to come and thin them a bit
best of luck .
if you want a good giggle watch a movie i think is called "mousehunt " or caddieshack
sorry bad sense of humour
pests huh ,im on rat duty as dennis is poorly i cant bring myself to use his "scowtish estate" methods even though they work
i aint seen one yet but i smell them and see their ways

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 06 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The article is rather good and details the damage grey squirrels can do and why. Worth noting that you may not have any damage for a number of years and then a whole plantation can be killed in a very short while.

Note, the traps shouldn't be used if there is any chance of red squirrels being caught.

As long as you know no one has been using poison and you check the traps regularly I can't see a reason not to eat the greys after capture dpack.

There's also another supplier, Any-Pest Control Services, in Plymouth.

otatop



Joined: 01 Jun 2005
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Location: North London
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 06 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

www.mikewest.net/squirrel/recipes.html. I think that's it. (I don't know how to do those clever link thingies)

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As long as your area isn't one thats been designated as having a population of red squirrels you are permitted to poison greys with a warfarin based poison.
You have to use a bait station that only squirrels can use so that birds and other stuff don't get hold of it.
If you need any further info get in touch.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The article mentioned the authors experience of warfarin and he said other animals often took the poisoned bait, including field mice. How do you keep out mice or stop them from eating spilt bait?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
The article mentioned the authors experience of warfarin and he said other animals often took the poisoned bait, including field mice. How do you keep out mice or stop them from eating spilt bait?


Someone I know that tried warfarin also had issues, he now live traps and kills.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The bait dispenser was designed in such a way that only squirrels could get the bait. I've never used any but they are available through professional pest control equipment suppliers. I can reactivate some of my old suppliers if anyone is interested.
The only times that I had to control squirrels , were in peoples loft spaces when I simply fed them rat poison.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are supposed to be quite good eating. I've always wanted to try (grey) squirrel.

We still have reds here.
The council put up warning roadsigns : 'red squirrels'. As though the squirrels were dangerous, and not the cars.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've seen red squirrels in the Lake District recently but prior to that I remember as a kid seeing them in a park virtually in the centre of Exeter more than 40 years ago.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know they're vermin - but I still hate the idea of warfrin; it's not quick. I am hoping that our cats will save us the trouble of having to deal with them ourselves ...

MrsWW



Joined: 06 Jun 2006
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Location: West Sussex
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've got a fantastic squirrel management system.

Let me introduce you - it's tri-colour, 2 years old and is in the form of a Border Collie! She's fantastic - you just have to say the "s" word and she's off round the garden to hunt any who are silly enough to be on the ground on her plot! She will even sit and stare heavenwards when the "s's" are having a family argument in the trees!

Seriously though - did have awful problems with them before as my cats just weren't interested. Thought about poison but didn't want birds/squirrel carcase feeders to suffer so just left them be. They were an awful menace and I was about to give up growing veggies as they were destroying so much. Not that I grow a lot - just to feed us and a few extras. Having said that - made it that much noticeable what they did damage!

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Its a very brave cat that will tackle a squirrel !
Where we use to live before, we had a pack of lurchers that became very adept at catching them on the ground before they could make it into the trees.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 06 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

greys are ace bbq or in stew or pie
better than rabbit
bad for young trees
quality food and the pelts have uses (i must get a pumice stone to make sq ' vellum )
pretty critters ,clever too ,agile ,wary of the new thing .
a branch leaning against a tree trunk is an easy way to start upwards .add several short snares a couple of inches above the runway .
in the right place this is well productive
poison is queen but trapping n snares should not involve other critters
shooting can be very selective
best of luck thinning them out
owl n hawk boxes might help rspb for details

whitelegg1



Joined: 05 Apr 2005
Posts: 409
Location: Woodford Green
PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 06 6:51 am    Post subject: Re: Squirrel Control Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Just read an article in the Smallwoods association about a lethal trap for squirrels, looks really good, it's called a Kania trap and is available from:

www.killgerm.com


Searched on there and couldn't find it.

Are the squirrels very visable?

And do you have alot of them?

(I know you've posted in the past, but it's early!!!)

I'm sure as others have already offered, there would be many willing to come and help with some instant squirrel control!

My personal viewpoint....I don't shoot squirrels normally, because I tend to see just one, which doesn't make much of a meal....but if someone could provide half a dozen or more at a time, then I could do something with them. This would fit in to my only shoot what ou eat policy.


Just my thoughts

Pete

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