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    My Yard Smells Like a Taco

    We have a few neighborhood cats who like to use our flower beds as their litter box. Since BB guns tend to get the SWAT team called to your house these days, that idea was out. We also tried a motion-sensing sprinkler, which worked to some degree, until the cats figured out how to walk around it. The latest thing LOML is trying is chili powder.

    Now the yard smells like a taco.

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    I've heard that moth balls also work.
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    I have two opinions on how to handle this.
    First, since they are there every day anyway, and Im sure youd rather have them not messing up your garden, put a bowl of milk or food in the garden, maybe they wont mess where they eat.
    If that doesnt do it for you, or you dont want the cats there period,
    bear traps.

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    I've been keeping a tally on the ground squirells, rats, and rattlers.

    Got 1 rattler yesterday. First one I've seen since 2008.

    About a dozen rats, half a dozen mice, and 20 ground squirels...

    Rats and mice taken care of by traps. 15% of ground squirrels by traps.

    The rest of the ground squirrels by pellet rifle.

    The rattler by the little single shot .410 my dad gave me in the late 1960's...

    I'd consider myself lucky to only be dealing with cats...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    ...I'd consider myself lucky to only be dealing with cats...
    I'd consider myself lucky to be able to use a pellet rifle or .410 shotgun around the house. Actually, for cats, I'd rather use my little Daisy BB gun. It's weak enough it won't even leave a bruise, but it'll still get their attention.
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    Brent, weren't you talking lately about getting some feral cats to keep the rodents at bay?

    It would be OK, but just make sure you bathe them before letting them into bed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon Korn View Post
    ...just make sure you bathe them...
    I'd pay to see that video.
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    I have a few suggestions for you Vaughn. I don't know much about woodworking, but I do know something about gardening:

    Suggestions to keep cats out of your flower beds without an Uzi:

    1. Put down some chicken wire in the beds.
    2. Sprinkle some citrus fruit peels in the beds like lemon, lime, orange.
    3. Sprinkle some human hair--will also repel squirrels and deer--I know it sounds ridiculous but I've done it with hair swept up from the local salon.
    4. Create a special "litter box" area with sand that will attract them to that area and only that area.
    5. Get a cat. Having your own will often repel others.

    Personally I don't mind the cats. I'd rather have the cats than the mice. I used to have a problem with mice--until I got 2 humane society cats. No more mice. and they were wonderful cats too.
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    Thanks for the suggestions, Cynthia.

    1. Dunno if I could sell SWMBO on the chicken wire idea. Would it go above or below the bark mulch? We did try some flexible plastic spiky mats made to repel cats, but they just worked their way around them.

    2. That could be real doable. We have a large lemon tree that produces fruit year-round.

    3. That's another one I doubt I could sell to the Warden. Out of curiosity, does dog hair work?

    4. Hmm...another one that might be workable.

    5. Three dogs is more than enough critters for now. Plus, to be effective, it'd need to be an outdoor cat, and LOML wouldn't want to risk having coyote bait. (Outdoor cats don't last real long around here.)

    Thanks again...some good food for thought. And none of it smells like tacos.
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    Vaughn, just think how good it is going to smell when you actually "cook" those cats!!!!! Man, I couldn't live there where a BB gun can't even be used in your own yard. I just went through a hundred rounds out back through a 9mm I just bought.
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