Oh! Look! Squirrels!

Oh! Look! Squirrels!

When I came to the US, I had no idea I’d have to deal with squirrels. You know, those bright-eyed bushy tailed rats.

They were fun to watch when we lived in an apartment. They’d gather food, bury the nuts in the mulch, go up and down the trees, and make those funny squealing sounds. When we moved to our own home, my relationship with squirrels became more personal.

Again, they were fun to watch as they run around, frolicking across the backyard almost all year round. But then they’d also clamber up our patio screens, chew their way into the attic, and ransack my birdfeeder. In short, they’ve become pesky.

Come to think of it, though, without these shrewd little critters, I wouldn’t have had the chance to learn a thing or two or three. For example:

* I learned how to make a one-way screen door to keep squirrels out of our attic and ceiling crawlspace. Read about it here: How to Remove Squirrels From the Attic

* I learned how to repair a patio screen that a squirrel tore out to steal my sunflower seeds. Read my story here: The Sunflower Seeds Idea

* I learned how to handle window screen panels, determine the ideal location of birdfeeders (at least 6 feet away from a squirrel jump-off point), and prepare a short video on how we were foiled by a hungry bushy-tailed rat. Watch the video here: The Squirrel Conundrum

Speaking of videos, here’s one I made a while ago, when squirrels were still fun to watch: Scampering Squirrels

 Next time I’ll talk about the frogs.

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