An Unwelcome Visitor

A common ground squirrel - This isn't a very good photo, but these are wild creatures who do not let one get close, so I took the picture from inside the house, though the window at some distance.
@drannhh (15235)
United States
July 16, 2009 10:27pm CST
This visitor has 4 legs and a tail and I had my mind made up not to like him by the signs he left that he had visiting, many holes dug under my shed. Until recently we had always lived in upstairs condos and so I have little experience with what goes on down on the ground, but now we have a bit of a backyard with a shed, and this critter left big holes under the shed. I was going to get him, as soon as I found out what he was. Well, then he had to audacity to make an appearance when my camera was in my hand! What? He was so cute! But he was so naughty. Which was it, adorable or evil. I had to ask Mr. Google! Or Ms. Google as the case may be. Well, he turned out to be a ground squirrel, mistakenly called a gopher hereabouts, but no he is a squirrel for sure. And dangerous! The teeth? Maybe, but these critters can spread Bubonic Plague and other horrible diseases that are transmittable to humans. So I shall have to give him the heave-ho, somehow. My myLot friends, new and old, may be able to give me some advice here. Have you ever befriended one of these creatures? Or gotten rid of them. How did you get rid of them? Did you try some things that didn't work? Which things worked and which didn't?Or for the rest of us, do you have these where you live? Have you ever seen one? Do you have other pests that make holes in the lawn, eat the wiring in your car, or your newly ripened tomatoes in your garden, or dine on expensive bulbs you just planted?
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
18 Jul 09
The squirrel really looked cute and cuddly... but i would dare not touch one... especially a wild one... i live at the third floor of an apartment building so i have no experience on such a creature... even when we had a garden at home... there were no squirrels... only birds plus the cute and sometimes grotesques insects... Hope a member or friend here in mylot will be able to help you out with your problem... or that this squirrel will get bored and just leave you in peace...
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
18 Jul 09
I am going to get some fox pee pellets which are said to make squirrels afraid, very afraid, lol. We'll see. He will not go away without intervention. He loves to go under our shed where it is cooler than out in the hot sun.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
Thanks for the best response mark... i hope you were able to solve you squirrel problem...