Garden Crabs Wage War On Squirrels!
Meet my Garden Crabs, Corona and Covid - they work 24/7 in the battle against squirrels and other critters... and they work for free!
The next day, after planting the back garden bed, it was invaded by squirrels. Fortunately, a passing train awoke me around 5:30 AM and I got on up to get an early start on the next garden bed. As I sipped my coffee and looked out side, two squirrels were in the garden area, digging up seeds!!!!!!!!! So, I did what any man would do... run outside shirtless and barefoot, cussing the squirrels and waving my arms like a lunatic.... then hopping around and cussing all the more vehemently because I stepped on a pinecone.
The squirrels retreated to a safe distance to watch for me to go away, so they could return to feasting on fresh garden seeds. I ate breakfast on the back porch, searching the internet for squirrel deterrents while I guarded the garden. Obviously, I wanted to shoot or trap them... and utilize their delicious meat in my vast repertoire of game recipes. But, the situation with the virus has not yet worsened to the point that my temporary neighbors would turn a blind eye to my hillbilly ways.
Among the answers I found online, several were doable. Squirrels are said to dislike the scent of coffee, hot chili peppers and urine. Deer are also said to be deterred by hot peppers and male, human urine. So, obviously, my first step was to pee.... in a container since I'm in a densely populated neighborhood with no privacy. For the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would want to live where they can't pee in their own backyard without someone calling the police! Then, I began sprinkling used coffee grounds over the garden. As a bonus, both coffee grounds and urine are nitrogen rich natural fertilizers. Finally, I sprinkled crushed, red pepper flakes all over the garden.
An element, though, was still missing. I needed a "wildlife predator decoy" to scare them off when the scents may not be stronger than their appetites. I looked all around the house and spotted two horseshoe crab shells I had brought back from my disastrous beach trip last fall (see previous post "Sometimes They Are Out To Get You"), and thought, "If I saw one of those glaring at me, and didn't know what it was, I'd sure run!" Hence, my "kung-flu crabs" were thus christened Corona and Clovid (to make them extra scary) - God provides in mysterious ways!
The crabs went into the garden and the squirrels ran off.. so did the crows. The squirrels are still in the yard, but they stay several yards from the garden beds and eye the crabs suspiciously. I move the crab shells around every day or so to keep the squirrels on their toes... squirrels are nearly as aware of changes and obsessive as guinea fowl... they know when something has been moved!
Well, so far, so good!