I have a problem with squirrels eating the bark on our red bud tree. Does anyone know where I can buy a tree baffle or how to make one? I have a baffle on our bird feeder, but that is too small for a tree.
By Kay from Beverly Hills, FL
Put hot pepper sauce on it, critters do not like hot stuff, good luck.
We had trouble with a ground hog literally tearing up the concrete floor in one of our outbuildings. We used"fox urine". It comes in a small brown bottle usually in the hunting section. You can find this at a Rural King or outdoors store I suppose. We used cotton balls sacturated with the urine and placed them inside panty hose and put them in the ground hogs hole. The ground hog left and hasn't been back. They smell a predator and go elsewhere. It smells bad but would stop your squirrel. Hope this helps.
1) Have all your friends Save their large 2 liter soda-pop bottles
2) Rinse out bottles with warm tap water
3) Cut the labels off the empty plastic bottles
4) Cut the top off of the bottle with a pair of old scissors
5) Cut the bottom off (you will now have a tube)
6) Cut a vertical line from the bottom to the top.
7) Punch holes along both sides of the vertical line using a $1store hole punch.
8) Put the plastic tube you have just cut around the trunk of the tree (start from the bottom & work your way up)
9) Using thick clear fish line or wire, lace-up or attach both sides (along the vertical cut) to form a tube.
* If your trunk is wider than a 2 liter pop-bottle, then simply use 2 (or 3) pop bottles
& lace both bottles to each other.
* You can also make these sections thinner buy cutting out a wider section along the "vertical cut" to accommodate thinner tree-trunks
* For extra durability, you can stack one piece of plastic directly over the top of another bottle to double the thickness of the sections.
* You can punch 4 or 5 holes on the tops & bottoms of our tubes as you stack them on the tree. This way the sections will not slip down the trunk
* Clear transparent bottles look better than the green ones
* Instead of step 6 (cutting a straight vertical line) you may want to try cutting a Spiral line because then you may not need to lace the sides together, you would simply slide the spiral on to the tree-trunk. I have no idea if this will work, it's just an idea.
* It wouldn't look as good (clear) but you may want to try wrapping many layers of $1 store aluminum foil around the trunk.
* Rescue a feral or an outdoor cat to keep the squirrels away
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