As you have noticed I haven’t been posting as much as last year. I have had a lot going on in the personal life and posting has slid A LOT. I knew early in the year that time was going to be tight in 2013 so I loaned out about 15 of my traps to two different beekeeping friends. Mike brought his back a couple of weeks ago, and last weekend I finally had a chance to open them up for cleaning prior to storage. Mike told me there was some squirrel damage, but I didn’t think much of it. I mean how bad could it be? answer: PRETTY <EXPLETIVE> BAD!
I will have to take this as a learning experience. As I have stated in some of posts and comments I have been targeting peoples yards for trap placement. Previously the reasons for this were:
- When they are in someone’s yard I don’t need to spend one day a week driving around checking traps.
- I have a “feeling” that they are less likely to be vandalized or stolen when in someone’s yard.
- If you want to get someone interested and caring about bees let them witness a swarm coming in. The next thing you know they will be excited to see clover and dandelions in their yard!
These two traps were placed in heavily wooded areas near Brookville Lake. Now my #1 reason to put traps in people’s yards IS to avoid OCD SQUIRRELS. I don’t know what it was about these traps but the squirrels were hell bent on their destruction. Where I live squirrels don’t tend to take up long term residence in people’s yards and I have never had problems like this before. So think about this while preparing for your trapping locations in 2014.
In the mean time here is some insight into what I am planning for fall 2013.
SQUIRREL IN CROCK POT
3-6 dressed squirrels, cut in pieces or
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tbsp. lemon or lime juice
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- Place squirrel halves or rabbit pieces in crock pot.
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and pour over meat.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours.
- To thicken gravy, use either flour or cornstarch mixed with water.
- Cook on high until thickened.
Have you had any trouble with squirrels and your traps?
What are you going to do about it?