Today we got that pesky squirrel nest out of our big tree in the backyard! For some reason the squirrels love to use that particular spot, where several branches meet, to build a nest year after year. And every year we convince them of the misfortune of their real estate choice. The reason for that is that the nest eventually causes the branch to rot and it might fall down during the next heavy snow or ice storm.
My diligent assistant Joseph (Joey dog) Stephens and I did our required sniff around to be sure we pinpointed the exact tree. Not that it was very hard; the tree is the biggest one in the yard. They who do not have our excellent sense of smell were alerted to the squirrel building endeavor by a number of small severed branches lying in the grass. The squirrels cut these off the tree and then pile them into their intended construction site. They always drop a few.
|Joey dog supervised from a safe distance as Dad put the ladder up next to the tree.|
Dad took the hose up the ladder with him and then blasted the nest. Apparently the squirrels had tamped it down pretty good so that the water didn’t dislodge much of it. But this is just the beginning.
So Dad went up again, this time using his long branch cutter tool. He managed to push most of the nest out, clipped some branches, and pulled out some dead wood.
I verified that it smelled like squirrels. Yup, this was definitely a squirrel nest. We’ll try to blast it again from another angle this evening. Chances are the squirrel might actually be home by then and get an unexpected shower! The squirrel will get several more dousings if he insists on rebuilding. Eventually he'll run out of nuts and no insurance company in the world will believe him if he tries to collect for flood damage!
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|Soggy squirrels! Bwahahahahahaha!|
|Is it time for yum yums yet?|