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Re: spicy critters
  • Subject: Re: spicy critters
  • From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 17:42:47 -0500

Mother found the same thing true in NE PA too.  She said their deer must
like the taste, she saw no deterrent effect at all.

On 4/2/10, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:
> For years we were told that red pepper or pepper sauce was a deterrent
> to unwanted critters.  We must have used gallons of pepper sauce mixed
> with old eggs to spray for deer, and mixed red pepper flakes with the
> bird seed to deter squirrels.  We had concluded some time ago that this
> was some sort of urban legend, and didn't really work - especially after
> Chet observed deer licking up the run-off of his egg/pepper spray, and the
> squirrels didn't stay away from the feeders.
> Well, last fall I decided the red pepper ristra that had hung in my kitchen
> for some time was looking a bit tired and dusty, and gave it to Chet to
> dispose of, thinking he would take it to the compost bin.  He hung in in
> the screened porch/shed behind the garage where we keep tools and
> junk in general.  This spring as the snow began to melt in the breezeway
> I saw unidentified vegetable parts in the slush.  When we were finally
> able to get to the porch, it became clear.  Some critters - most likely
> chipmunks, since I know they can get in there easily - had climbed up
> the screen to reach the ristra, and it has been totally taken apart.  The
> seeds are scattered all over the place, and pieces of the peppers are
> dragged around inside and outside.  The ones outside in the snow have
> lost their color, which is why I didn't recognize them at first.  Anyway,
> it seems that whatever critters these were really have a taste for hot
> peppers.
> Auralie
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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