Dennis (47 Cub) wrote:
Worst season for mud daubers I've seen around here this year. Attached picture is one of the largest (and first I've ever seen like this) nests that was in the bottom of my old unused BBQ grill. It was so heavy, it broke off the side of the grill and fell into the bottom pit.
My wife loved it and made me keep it in a jar
Ever busted open a mud daubers nest? I get them on my front porch so I hosed them off once. They are filled with paralized spiders that feed the young wasps! I dislike spiders more than the mud daubers so they can stay now.
(can't remeber a mud dauber ever causing me any harm)
As for my least favorite varment...we have skunks, rabbits, racoons, opossum, and chimunks that do no harm. Deer munch my hostas to the ground, fox, coyotes, and my neighbors dogs kill my chickens if I forget to lock them in at night. Moles rip the heck out of my lawn for the grubs which I have to treat it for.
But there are two varments that really get me fired up
Comming in second are the fat woodchucks that will ruin weeks of work in my garden eating it all in one day.
I used to trap them with a havahart trap and drive them far off. 20 woodchucks and 3 years later it was clear this wasn't working. I resorted to throwing clorine pool tabs down the holes (the tabs about knocked me out once so I figured it'd work on them) and shooting them if they were in the garden (which has a fence around it and is buried into the ground, the damned things climb
Ok my top #1 blood pressure raising varment are squrrels!
I've got pear peach and apple trees on my property that I didn't get any fruit from last year because they either robbed them or shook the fruit off the tree before it was ripe. Ahhhhhhhhhh I about lost my mind with them.
I once used to trap them too but 45 squrrels relocated in a two month period made me throw up the white flag.
Ah, but that was at my old house that was in a neighborhood.
I live rural now...
can you say BANG, BANG, BANG! Anyone got any good squrrel recipes ?
PS - You can call PETA on me if you want, thats Ok because I'm a memeber too.
PETA= People eating tasty animals!