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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    I say no to squirrel damage on your papaya. More like bird. Just cuz you see a squirrels tail doesn't make it the guilty party. Sorry.
    I don't know, I've seen nibble marks in the Papaya but I'm sure the birds join in as well. However it would be a brave squirrel to run up a solitary papaya tree with four dogs roaming round the garden.

    One thing I have noticed is that whenever I've tried growing European runner beans the bloody sparrows eat all the red flowers and we get no crop. Seems strange - back in the UK the sparrows never touched the bean flowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Maybe if you don't want to kill them put some sort of barrier around the trunk of the trees so they can't climb up like they use on power poles.

    I fully empathise with your missus if I had the little bastards eating any of my fruit I would kill them without hesitation.
    A barrier may work for the papaya trees as they are tall and tend to stand alone, although papaya protection isn't a a priority just now as the dogs have taken to digging my wife's papaya saplings. My first job when I get home will be installing dog protection.

    The problem is, these squirrels tend to enter the garden from height - along power cables, the wall, or through overhanging and overlapping trees. I'm starting to think that non-lethal intervention will be impossible. I'm happy to leave them be but I have a feeling Mrs Mendip will take things into her own hand. One day I'll return home after a work trip and the squirrels will be gone. My wife will just shrug her shoulders if asked about it

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    yesterday afternoon our electric R.C.D. came into play.found out it was in the loft.shower heater cable.seems to have been chewed? i have seen squirrels going under the guttering so as we have only lemons & limes for food which they wont touch,maybe its the covering on the cables.FRIED SQUIRREL ANYONE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    yesterday afternoon our electric R.C.D. came into play.found out it was in the loft.shower heater cable.seems to have been chewed? i have seen squirrels going under the guttering so as we have only lemons & limes for food which they wont touch,maybe its the covering on the cables.FRIED SQUIRREL ANYONE.
    I beg to differ... you can ask Mrs Mendip about that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    One day I'll return home after a work trip and the squirrels will be gone. My wife will just shrug her shoulders if asked about it
    The Perfect Solution. Yet, personally I wouldn't bother asking about their eventual disappearance, just chalk it up to their migratory/survival instincts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I beg to differ... you can ask Mrs Mendip about that!
    call in and you can have a bag full,1 branch alone has over a dozen on it,grown in a pot.

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    Focus some cameras on your yard to find out if it is the squirrels and see how they are getting on the trees.

    Look on Lazada for Xiaomi dafang. Only 690 baht and have night vision. You can also control them and shout through them remotely from your oil rig and tell your gardener to stop playing with your dogs genitalia.

    YOOT LEN HAM MAA!!!
    Will stop Somchai in his tracks

    Also good for watching wildlife and seeing what the snakes get up to at night and finding out where they are sleeping and hiding out in ambush to prevent your daughter from being bit.






    They spin around 360 and 93 vertically too

    Put the mi home app on your phone and control them from wherever in the world

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    While your at it, look at these Xiaomi yee lights, only 550 baht.


    They also run off that mi home app and you can set timers for when they come on and off for security or turn on and off when you want and light the place up like a Xmas tree with a full spectrum of colours and flashing lights, be it indoors or out.

    Maybe train the dogs up so when you shout cats, Cyrille or snake through those cameras or the lights come on they will go in search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    The problem is, these squirrels tend to enter the garden from height - along power cables, the wall, or through overhanging and overlapping trees. I'm starting to think that non-lethal intervention will be impossible.
    You don't have to kill them, set up trap boxes in the trees, pop round Headhunters for the free fruit he's offered you and release the vermin there.he won't blame the squirrels either thinking they don't like citrus, the daft get





    Another for your Lazada shopping list



    <Don't forget to click my papaya coloured button for all this free sagely advice Mendip

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    Your Missus could also get a bit of payback and clean that full bait box out in your snake house. Save you a few quid on pet shop mice

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    Well. A+ for effort Mr Dillinger, many thanks for the thought. I just tried to send you one of these greens but it won't let me. I'll try and sort that out.

    You don't forget much, but a couple of points.

    The gardener issue has solved itself. The dogs stopped lying on their backs and besides, two seem to have turned gay and are now more interested in each other.

    I don't work on oil rigs, I work on boats. I have some standards.

    The camera is a good idea. I bought this from Lazada a couple of years ago but have never got it to work. It's now an expensive book stop in my office at home.



    Do you have any actual experience with that camera you recommend? I'll think about the tree lights at Christmas.

    Problem is, we see the squirrels coming and going so don't really need a wildlife camera for proof, I just want to keep them away from the wife's fruit trees to keep the peace at home. It would be interesting to see any snake activity at night and also to see what the dogs are getting up to after dark... I tried this once before by strapping a webcam to one of our dog's heads but another dog just jumped on him, bit the camera off and ran off with it before chewing it up. That 30 quid webcam lasted about 5 seconds.

    I think maybe the box trap is the way to go. No chance of the missus going anywhere near the snake house to empty out the squirrels but the idea of dropping them off at HH's place makes sense, and get a few replacement limes for the wife while I'm at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Do you have any actual experience with that camera you recommend?

    I'll give you a demo of the neighbours bedroom tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'll think about the tree lights at Christmas.
    They're not tree lights. You replace them with your normal lightbulbs. Supposed to last about 7 years too

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    Aah, I read 'tree' lights, but it's 'yee' lights. I'd better check my work tonight.

    Look forward to your neighbour's demo, don't get much action offshore...

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    Fully agree - Eastern Grey Squirrels are notorious for simply nipping on one piece of fruit, and then going to the next piece. They eliminated "ALL" our nectarines, and are now in the process of destroying our peaches and apples! Truly a real pain in the derriere......

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    Birds I tell ya. Birds.


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    ^ There should be a couple of Dill's wifi cameras waiting for me when I get home from work next week.

    Instead of using them in the bedroom I was planning on setting them up in the garden to get to the bottom of this. I'll put one by the papaya trees and can hopefully can report back in a couple of weeks...

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    I'm out the back this morning trying to save me fish and the dogs just won't stop barking.

    In the end I relent and go to see what's up... and they're all looking up in a mango tree...





    No sign of the neighbour's cat up there... but a bit of detective work...



    Yep, those bladdy squirrels are back again!

    I wondered why they'd been leaving the limes alone... who wants a lime when you can get fresh mangoes?

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