Thursday, March 12, 2009

Naughty Squirrels

Skeeter has posted more than once about her very naughty squirrels stealing all of her decorations and using them to pad their nests. I found it kind of amusing, until the durned ole squirrels struck here at Tiger Gardens too!

I noticed the cushioned arms on the swing were all shredded and chewed up. I could not figure out how it could have happened. Even though I knew Skeeter had had a problem with the squirrels stealing her fake snow, I did not expect this here. The swing has been in the garden for five years now with nary a problem until this year.

I guess karma works, because do you know where I found all the stuffing? Yup, the wind blew the squirrel's nest down to the ground! I hope they had a safe landing-okay-not really!

Skeeter-do your squirrels have relatives here in Tennessee? Or did they start a secret squirrel blog letting all their buddies know about the fake snow, aka the white stuff? What's up with these pesky critters....

in the garden....


Today is Sidekick's birthday. We all wanted to wish him a Happy Birthday!

34 comments:

  1. I've had that happen in the past with my swing cushion. There isn't anything that is off limits to those pesky critters. Happy Birthday Sidekick! :)

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  2. Wow those pesky squirrels who would think they'd do that? Once I got a plastic garbage can and put bird seed in it on the back porch, later that day it had a squirrel sized hole in the lid. Got a steel can and had to chain the lid down, still some squirrel got trapped inside until I found him.

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  3. I'm surprised Orkin doesn't make sure they stay off the human stuff. My cats got their number and I no longer have issues with them.

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  4. Pesky is right (but they are kind of cute!)

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  5. Tina,

    I don't think I've ever heard of squirrels chewing cushions. Now, you've got me worried about our deck chairs out back where the squirrels play. They use the deck as a place to crack open nuts.

    Our bird feeder pole baffle has managed to keep them out of the feeder all year.

    Cameron

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  6. Hi Tina, happy birthday to Sidekick! Also, to comment on the water line post, they really did a pretty neat job of it. Good deal. Your own grass seed will probably be much better than theirs. Our neighbors noticed a lot of weed seed, crabgrass in particular in the mix they use to patch damaged areas. No thanks! As for the squirrels, well, stuffed cushions outside for five years are going to rot anyway, the fabric was probably about to give way and they were just speeding up the process. :-) We really like those chairs that are woven plastic that dry quickly and let the rain go right through. Much less hassle and not so tempting to pregnant mothers for nest building. I used to hang pieces of yarn for the birds to use for their nests, maybe a netting bag with stuffing for the squirrels would be nice. :-) And way to save the daffs!
    Frances

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  7. Thanks for the heads up, Tina. Our squirrels haven't destroyed anything that I know of, other than plants, flowers or tomatoes.

    I need to come back after work or during my break to read your previous post about the digging. Our street and maybe curbs are going to be worked on sometime in the near future. I may be posting something, but not as extreme as yours.

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  8. Oh, and happy birthday, Sidekick!

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  9. Thank you for the very nice birthday wishes! Sidekick is beside himself with excitement --can't wait to open presents and already had a teeny tiny cake from his siblings this morning:) I had squirrels in NC that tore my cover off my swing and also chewed apart the kiddos turtle sandbox. They can be very destructive -hubby calls them tree rats:) Thank you!!! Ciao!

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  10. Good Morning All,
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sidekick. May you have many more.
    I don't have problems with the squirrels except they clean out my bird feeders. They dig in flower pots up rooting the plants. They can't remember where they hid all those nuts. lol Just a nuisance I tell ya.
    Well, gotta get in the garden. Looks like another pretty day.

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  11. Tina, I bet one snuck into your truck for the TN journey when you stopped by here back in Dec. lol. I too find it strange how the squirrels and deer will not touch something for years then out of the blue, they start messing with something such as your chairs. Maybe they get bored and are trying new stuff, ya think? You will see what I am talking about with an upcoming posting on the deer...

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF MY FAVORITES LITTLE FROGS…SIDEKICK!! Have fun fishing around for goodies today!

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  12. Tina, those squirrels think of lots of ways to annoy us and I swear they are extremely smart! I hope that's the last of their mischief.

    Happy Birthday to Sidekick!

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  13. Anonymous, you are welcomed! I had to ask my mother when everyone's birthdays were, as I am very, very bad with birthdays. Glad the Sidekick is enjoying his!

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  14. It sure would be eaiser to take care of the little stinkers if they were not so darn cute. I had a chipmumk on my back steps yesterday. They are sooo, soooo cute, I think.

    Happy, happy day to Mamma's Sidekick!!! Hi to Sidekick's Mamma. Fun day for all today.

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  15. Tina,

    They are too naughty and if they weren't so fantastically cute they would be trapped like rats! happy Birthday Sidekick!

    gail

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  16. They sure must've been determined. I didn't know they'd chew through fabric to get to stuffing. I wonder how they knew something was under it.
    Hope you can figure out a way to stop the squirrel stuffing stealers!

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  17. I keep saying, the bushy-tailed rats can't be trusted! I wonder if hot pepper wax works on fabric?

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  18. Happy Birthdday Sidekick! I am beginning to believe these Squirrels are forming gangs and have little cells popping up all over the states recruiting!

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  19. We have that problem with the mice here. I hate them.
    Happy Birthday to Sidekick(-:

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  20. Oh Tina that is to bad. How can anything so cute be such little brats? My husband got our pumphouse all insulated and it wasn't a week and the new insulation was everywhere. Now that had to be itchy on them but it sure looked like they had fun doing it! This was chipmunks that did ours.

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  21. Hee hee heee! I can picture squirrels having teenie computers and blogging! What would be their favorite posts? 'Whoa! Escaped a darned dart!' or 'Bird feeders - how to climb 'em?'...

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  22. Tina, Guess I am pretty late to the blogs today. Having computer issues. Oh well. Looks like Mr. Squirrel wants to bed down close to your house. Maybe what you found were the extras...he had enough and let the rest fly.
    Happy Birthday to Sidekick.

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  23. I've been watching a container that I thought was full of bulbs, waiting for the first shoots to come out. Finally emptied it yesterday - NOTHING. Little criminals they are!! Sorry about your swing...

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  24. First, Happy Birthday! And second, now I know I don't want anything like a swing with cushions with squirrels out in my yard. I had one in OK once and they ate it pretty bad.
    Brenda

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  25. I was going to say five years is getting a lot out of an outdoor cushion, isn't it?? Still, I'm sure you didn't want them to end up that way. Frances had a great suggestion. I only have one or two squirrels that visit at random intervals so they haven't become a nuisance here. I hope they don't shred your new cushion (if you get one). That would be really annoying!

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  26. I don't have any problem with squirrels--knock on wood--but my daughter-in-law had the same thing happen to her lawn swing cushions. I wonder if their blog is registered with Blotanical?:)

    Happy Birthday to Sidekick!

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  27. Hi all, Thanks on the well wishes. I was negligent and should've said happy birthday to anyone else with a birthday today. There are some I am sure.

    Yes, we need to try to find that squirrel blog! And immediately delete it! No more conspiring to tear cushions, steal fluff, eat bulbs and birdseed, spread insulation, and all the other stuff they do like drop nuts on our heads:) I will do a search immediately for those mini computers and their mode of communication. Little bandits-beware!

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  28. We have lots of squirrels around here but so far they just irritate the dog. (knock on wood)

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  29. This is an example of a post whose follow-up comments I keep subscribed to. What a great way to vent with humor about our feelings about and experiences with squirrels.

    Tina, let us know when you find that blog run by the varments!

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  30. Squirrels are so cute... it's a shame they create such havoc in the garden. My dogs go nuts when the squirrels come in the yard to eat birdseed.
    Happy Birthday to the Sidekick!

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  31. Those darned squirrels! How can they look so cute and cause so much damage? The stinkers. We aren't bothered with them here. Our neighborhood is only five years old, and all the trees are small. Hence, no squirrels!

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  32. I just love squirrels but I also live right next to a nature area so there are plenty of natural things for them to make nests, without stealing anything of mine. But I hate the groundhog who breaks my lattice and eats everything is sight.

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