• Daddy Scratches

    Your next “Today” show appearance: You come out in one of those beige safari outfits, hat and all, and show off your collection of wild (and domesticated) animals.

    With any luck, one of the squirrels will attach itself to Kathie Lee’s face.

  • Jenni

    Perfect post for today. My just-13-days-shy-of-being-3-years-old daughter went outside with her grandma and a Ziploc bag of frozen pecans this morning. Right before she reached the back door she said, “I’m holding the squirrel’s nuts, mom.”

  • Brandy in Canada

    Oh I know that machine gun chatter! Have they started throwing stuff at you yet? The squirrels in my hood throw things at me and the dog. Ive been hit in the head by acorns, twigs and a half eaten crab apple.
    On the up side they also plant random tulip bulbs they have stolen from other yards into my garden. Theres nothing like having one single tulip grow in the middle of your yard because some squirrel thought it was the best place to hide it.

  • benoyroma

    To keep those squirrels from decapitating flowers and veggies, I used to sprinkle this on the top soil around my garden.

    Espoma Organic Traditions Dried Blood

    It has an odor that keeps them away – used it all the time in Brooklyn and they never touched another flower or tomato.


  • yomisswoodaddy

    Those aggressive squirrels can be real bi-atches. I have pecan trees and, apparently, pecans are squirrel crack because the ones who hang in my hood are paranoid, moody, and like to assault others, including shrieking four-year-olds.

    They are also the fattest squirrels I have ever seen, and on many mornings I have sat up like a shot in bed because they have plopped themselves off of a branch and are thudding across my roof to get their next fix.

    My neighbor swears by his pellet gun but I, because I cannot bring myself to assault even moody, aggressive creatures, have not yet found a fix.

  • Schnauzie_Mom

    I’ve heard sprinkling cayenne pepper around your tomato plants can help keep the squirrels away. And if nothing else, you’re halfway to salsa!

  • bethysmalls

    OH! you should check out Mike McGrath(of You Bet Your Garden)’s tips on squirrel defense.

    That guy HATES squirrels. It’s kind of funny to hear him go off on an angry tirade about them. Anyway, he’s got lots of tips!

  • Daffodil Campbell

    No need for a conference, you already have a Furries convention going on. (((((shudder)))))

  • TexasKatie

    Wow. That post was about as easy to follow as the last one.

    I do love squirrels, though. Squirrels rule.

  • trixasaurus

    It’s a shame you don’t have any chickens at the Armstrongs. I think some chickens would really round out your savage wild animal blog. Wink, wink.

  • HalfAss Krissa

    Just THINK of the money to be made if you sold tickets to an event hosting… Bob- The Mythical Bobcat verses a hoard of shrieking, chattering squirrels.
    I mean, think about it!

  • HalfAss Krissa

    Just THINK of the money to be made if you sold tickets to an event hosting… Bob- The Mythical Bobcat verses a hoard of shrieking, chattering squirrels.
    I mean, think about it!

  • MyKidsMom

    Go Mythical Bobcat, go!

    And, my kids get a laugh (but get it) when I push a virtual “mute” button at them, or at least the “volume control”. See if Leta can get into that instead of “inside voice”.

  • jon

    Let’s be very clear. Chickens will be target practice for me. PERIOD.


  • LizandBoys

    I think the raccoons are talking about your neigborhood here: http://www.theonion.com/audio/raccoon-leaders-call-for-loosening-of-garbagecan-l,17784/

    Squirrels do get a little angry at herding dogs…be ready to dodge some acorns (or tomatoes)when you go out to enjoy your backyard.

  • Brea

    I was on a run last week and was excited to see what I thought was a small baby bunny, grazing on grass.

    It quickly turned to disappointment when I realized it was actually a squirrel. Although they possess many of the things that I find cute (furry tail and beckoning paws), they are so nasty that it kills any of the cute.

    Have fun in NY!

  • kristanhoffman

    I feel like I’m forgetting a good story about this, so I’ll just ask: Why doesn’t Heather eat eggs?

    Also, I totally believe that Coco turns your squirrels into demons. Growing up, my cat used to hunt down baby birds in their nests, and as a result, she had a perpetual bald spot from the mama birds divebombing her. (Who can blame them, right?) When I told people that’s what the missing fur was from, they were all, NO WAY, birds don’t do that. But they forgot that desperate times call for desperate measures, even when you’re a bird (or a squirrel).

  • 88 Highbury Corner

    In Brooklyn we used to call those squirrels crack squirrels and I thought they were unique to the city because they are basically just rats with bushy tails except they jump from trees and squeal a high pitched battle cry which sounds essentially like its dying a violent death. Occasionally they’d attach themselves to the railing of our kitchen window and try to get into the house and no amount of water thrown at them would make them go away, in fact it would make them more determined to come in. I don’t think squirrels are cute. And I’m sorry to hear that this is basically a character trait of the squirrel in general. But if anything can wear them down it sounds like it might be Coco.

  • grad.nauseam

    re: your latest bullet point

    Should you make it here on vacation, I’m not sure about their dumpster-pee policy, but the Russian Vodka Room doesn’t seem at all bothered when people pass out on the sidewalk right outside the door. Might be a good place to start. (just steer clear of the horseradish vodka… just saying).

    BTW – Last night my husband suggested that we get chickens. I wish I was kidding.

  • Bryony Boxer

    SHUSH. I’ve used that. Not proud of it.

  • addtova

    I think I have mentioned it before but I have such a hilarious squirrel story to share! My uncle bought a beautiful house in Sacramento, and found out after moving that a gang of squirrels lived in the roof. He went up on the roof to board up the hole that they used to get in and out, and instead of being afraid of the giant tool wielding human, they attacked. My uncle responded by getting the pepper spray out of my aunts purse and fighting back, and eventually boarding up the hole.

    That year for Christmas my mom sent my uncle a beanie baby squirrel to which she had added GI Joe’s machine guns.

    Good luck- they are vicious!


  • saylormade

    Have also heard of using blood meal and cayenne pepper but we’ve used ground black pepper with success. Get a Costco sized container, throw some down on the soil and reapply after it rains or you water. Has also kept neighbourhood cats from leaving poops in my garden.

    LOVE the new masthead! Neener is my nicname. Cute!!

  • Heathers Garden

    I stick clear plastic forks in my containers with the tines up to keep the squirrels from digging. It works pretty well and they’re not too unsightly because they’re clear.

  • Rainyday

    Ugh, the dreaded ‘inside voice’ refrain. We’ve even started getting the boys to shush when we’re outside. In our backyard. Just cause I’m sure the neighbours reallllllly don’t want to hear E’s bike bell for the 89561242313th time on a holiday Monday morning!!!

    And, oh dear…. my captcha is “about matricide” Niiiiiice. I think my boys are on to me.

  • mommyoffour

    Ahhh, the chickens. I think the chickens are the key. Jon, you must surrender.

  • WindyLou

    Finally, I can report on my unscientific study of urban squirrels’ feeding habits!

    Heather, if you feed the squirrels they will stay out of your plants. They love pretzels dipped in peanut butter, pringles, funyuns, gingerbread houses decorated with candy (on a related note, the squirrels came to feed from about a 3 block radius as evidenced by the broken bits of candy and gingerbread littering the sidewalks), doughnuts, gnawed corn on the cob. In the winter, they will even eat pizza with such toppings as pepperoni, alfredo and chicken, bacon, sausage and peppers. My control group didn’t care for broccoli or tomatos, but that may be regional.

    (I am not making that up)

  • mbluesky

    I knew an old Italian gentleman who told the following story. Grandpa Joe said his neighbors fed the squirrels corn. They loved to watch them chase around. But finally, his neighbors complained to him that they just didn’t see the squirrels they used to see in their yard. Grandpa Joe offered to show them the squirrels: they were now all in his freezer. He concluded by proudly sharing that he didn’t have much of a meat bill anymore.

  • Katja

    thank god you are so hilarious.

  • Gardenfreak89

    Love the new masthead! What a cute little bugger with the squished up nose… You know about Neener Neener too? I thought that was a Northeastern thing… ha ha … Very cute!

  • ninesandquines

    heather, have you ever seen a squirrel out after dark? probably not…so i think the animal that is digging in your tomatoes would be a nocturnal one…racoon or a skunk perhaps? just a thought :-) and plastic forks in the soil with the tines sticking up is a GREAT idea! and where’s leta been lately? haven’t seen much of her :-(

  • WebSavyMom

    I. Hate. Squirrels.
    Also, they hate me and hiss at me too. It’s like They Know.
    The little bastards eat my tulip bulbs, steal the bird seed and tear up the landscaping fabric.


  • doobrah

    SKREEK-SKREEK-SKREEK! That is squirrel for, “You are a total TEASE.” I read all the way through that squirrel screed and not once did you update us on Diego.

  • Cooky

    The Armstrong household is such a flurry of activity. I’m sure you wish you could just sit with your feet up and relax for ten minutes.

    Hope your busy travelling schedule goes well. We look forward to hearing more about it.

    I know exactly how you feel about killer squirrels. All I can add to the other comments is — do NOT let those little suckers win the battle or they’ll win the war :-)

  • Lisa Dickie

    Don’t make the same mistake I have combining zip it and shush. Shush it = swearing at your kids.
    I have squirrel issues too. I always thought they were socially accepted rats. When I was in college one got into our living area and I found myself chasing it down the hall with my lacrosse stick in hand yelling, “Shush it!”
    Have a good trip!

  • kellyfaboo

    We use to have a squirrel problem. Or more to the point, our Schnauzers and we-do-not-know-but-you’re-cute dog use to have a squirrel problem.

    Squirrels love to find the lowest point they safely can be on a tree or whatever and MOCK my dogs. They deliberately drove them nuts. For laughs. I could tell.

    Then, a hawk moved into the neighborhood.

    We no longer have a squirrel problem.

  • liefie

    off topic, but how IS Diego the cat doing?

  • teegeesykes

    You will LOVE this site: http://www.squirrelhaters.net

  • Teisha

    Your new life list bullet point made me laugh out loud and pee a little. LOVE IT.
    And, I say use your inside voice so much anymore I’m having nightmares about it. Can’t. make. it. stop.

  • sgigs

    I would so much rather hear about the business ventures you’re on than squirrels. I don’t get it.

  • hotpants4979

    This is like Brian Fellows on SNL, but better.