bulb predators

Adam Fikso irisman@ameritech.net
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 18:02:22 PST
Oh, my, what an interesting thread. Re cats:  In most states they are 
considered "wild" animls, e.g., never really domesticated and therefore not 
subject to laws, neither are their owners with the possible exception of a 
few municipalities.

I'd try orange peels and more pungent citrus, e.g., clementines, grapefruit 
and lemons. . The problem for me with squirrels is not eating but digging 
bulbs up. which tears up their root systems. Interplanting with pungent 
fritillaria has helped, also grape hyacinth which mats the soil around the 
treasured bulbs.

For those of you who have a serious problem,  I'd seriously consider risking 
a few dollars at a hunters/outdoors store, e.g., Cabela's--  (They're on 
line) and investing in a bottle of predator urine, say, fox or coyote.  It 
ought to work with squirrels, chipmunks,moles, voles, rats and mice, cats 
and maybe even crows. Of course, you might not like the smell either, but 
after a month or two, they might have learned and you'd be spared it because 
it would have dissipated.  But, it could work on deer also.

I'd put it on now.

The coyote is a natural predator of all of these except crows, in the U.S. 

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