November-December, 2014, Newsletter
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Want to reduce squirrel invasions?
It all comes down to food. If you feed birds, buy foods that squirrels do not like. Nyger seed, millets, safflower, canary seed and canola seed all are ingredients that squirrel avoid. Squirrel love corn, so avoid any bird seed mix that includes corn.
Try using squirrel-proof or squirrel-resistant feeders. There are several feeders on the market that are weight-activated, allowing birds to feed but not squirrel. Some have better features, and might last longer. Use a squirrel-resistant feeder if you are budget minded. These tend to be less expensive, and are not quite as sturdy but will do the trick. These feeders will definitely slow down the seed consumption and might work if you only have an occasional squirrel, but are not truly squirrel-proof.
Something about the taste of a flower bulb is absolutely something that a squirrel can not resist and if they happen to dig one up while they are hiding their nuts in the soil, and then they will swap it out! This is one of the reasons why gardeners and squirrels simply do not get along at all. Gardeners spend time planting a lot of bulbs only to get half of the flowers that they planted due to squirrels digging up the rest! Squirrels and mice seem to take special pleasure in finding, digging, and nibbling tulip bulbs.
Wide wire mesh, such as chicken wire, is an effective deterrent. Lay it directly on top of the bed, extending the surface about 3 feet from the plantings, then stake it down. You can also plant bulbs in wire cages. Place the bulbs in the center of the cage and fill the edges with dirt so critters can't gnaw around the edges. Some gardeners place an old window screen on top of the ground to deter squirrels. Apply a mulch of leaves or other natural material to cover freshly turned soil to fool the squirrels into thinking that the area has not been recently dug up.
Plant large bulbs deeply to prevent them from being eaten. Because squirrels won’t dig more than a few inches beneath the soil surface, it makes sense to plant your large bulbs deeply. Tulips can — and should — be planted 8 inches deep.
Squirrels come near our homes in search of a meal. Eliminating the things squirrels like to eat is much more effective than trying to trap or kill squirrels. Well fed squirrels can reproduce at a rate that is impossible to keep up with. Cut off the food supply if you want to see fewer furry visitors.
HAZARDOUS WASTE PICKUP 2014
To be sure that residents are not disposing of hazardous waste in their regular trash, Miss Piggy Refuse Service will provide curbside pickup of hazardous waste on: Thursday, April 24, 2014.
All items should be in their original containers and must identify their contents. Please place items curbside the night before or early morning on the day of pickup. Those items not meeting the criteria will not be taken and will be left on the curb.
Materials accepted include but are not limited to:
Household Cleaning Products
Automotive Products (Oil, Fuel, Antifreeze, Fluids) (20 gallon limit)
Standard Vehicle Tires (2 per resident)
Batteries (Auto and Household)
CFL Bulbs & Fluorescent Tubes
Paint & Stains ( 20 gallon limit ) No single container may be larger than 5 gallons
Household Propane Tanks EMPTY
No commercial business waste, ammunition, gun powder, bio-hazard materials, regular refuse, recyclables or bulk trash will be accepted. No prescription drugs will be accepted.
REGULAR TRASH PICKUP :
THURSDAY, May 1 instead of Wednesday APRIL 30
THURSDAY , July 3 instead of Friday July 4
Please contact Howard at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-277-4418 with any questions.