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Squirrels in the Attic & Toasted Sun Butter

March 20, 2012

Just for the record – squirrels are tree rats! Don’t let those fluffy tails fool you!

All winter long I heard sounds over my head in the middle of the night. It’s just your imagination… Nope, there it goes again!

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DH & I decided to check it out last Saturday. We entered the attic with a floodlight, black plastic garbage bag & Havahart squirrel trap. Oh my word! The whole through the outside eve let enough bright sunlight in to illuminate the entire attic. The chewed wires should have caused a fire. The pile of leaves! Were there any leaves left outside to be raked? Insulation, sticks, MESS!

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We donned masks & gloves then set to work. Two full black plastic garbage bags of leaves & mess. We tried to use the shop van, but the tubing got stopped up with the combination of insulation & leaves.

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We did find 2 dead squirrels. Big ones. Not smelly, already way stiff. Of course, lucky me, I got to add them to the garbage bags.

DH tried to block the huge hole in the eve, wrapped the bare wires with electrical tape then blocked the inside hole with duct tape.

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(The hole in the eve after we cleaned out the mess.)

We set the trap with sunflower seeds & agave nectar in case the offending rodent was still inside.

Three days later the makeshift barrier hasn’t been disturbed nor the trap sprung. The repair person who came to give me an estimate was surprised at the amount of damage. She also pointed out that right now is nesting season – so we may not be finished with this tree rat yet.

#2 son found a website for an intermittent strobe light which claims to keep squirrels, mice, even raccoons out of attics. If anyone has had experience with this product, let me know!

Toasted Sun Butter

Use this as an alternative to peanut butter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • Pinch Sea Salt, or to taste
  • 2 to 4 Tablespoons Flaxseed, Coconut or Almond Oil
  • 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon Local Honey, optional

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread seeds on evenly on baking sheet & bake 10 – 15 minutes.
  3. Cool seeds slightly then pour into food processor bowl with salt.
  4. Slowly drizzle oil on seeds as the machine processes. The mixture will go from pasty to creamy when enough oil has been added.
  5. Add honey if desired.
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