Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The list

DH is keeping a list. No, it's not of my sterling qualities. But I'm sure he has that somewhere. Instead he's keeping a list documenting the number of chipmunks he's killed. Yup, my husband is a proud animal killer.

We have a big infestation of chipmunks in our neighborhood. Many of our neighbors have complained about the holes, the tunnels and the dying plants that result from having multiple nests of chipmunks running around.

DH decided to take things into his own hands and researched how to get rid of chipmunks. Suggestions ranged from shotguns to explosives to poison. I put my foot down on live ammo and poison could kill other animals like birds. So instead DH discovered an effective solution that only required purchasing one item.

The solution requires a 3 gallon bucket, 1.5 gallons of water, a piece of wood and sun flower seeds. Here are the steps:
  1. Fill the bucket with water
  2. Sprinkle sunflower seeds on top
  3. Put the piece of wood up to the lip of the bucket (as a ramp)
  4. Sprinkle sunflower seeds on the ramp
  5. Wait
  6. Fish out dead chipmunks and repeat

DH set it up in the backyard first and managed to get 7 of the critters. Today he moved it to the front yard and has fished out two more dead chipmunks. Cruel? Perhaps. But DH is taking childish glee in counting the number of dead animals. Of course I let him deal with disposal. It's better for everyone that way.

Given how little success we've had with getting rid of ant infestations (stupid sugar ants that find every nook and cranny), the dead chipmunks do give a sense of satisfaction. Personally I don't mind them. But if it makes DH feel like a hunter without the gun or orange vest, I'm all for it. Has anyone else had successes or failures in battling pests?


Nicole S. said...

OMG - I can't believe he's drowning chipmunks!! It's creepy and funny at the same time and reminds of that video game "Lemmings". Poor chipmunks!

A. said...

I was wondering about the logistics of the whole bucket 'n water set up. It's all clear to me now...

Reminds me of how we used to kill fruit flies in my graduate lab. Lure them in with something they can't resist (vinegar), and they are too dumb to get back out with a cone on top (and some hand soap to help the process along).

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

I agree with Nicole funny and freaky!

LauraC said...

We used to battle ants every early summer in NC until we finally started calling our pest control and they took care of it for us!

But obviously we are not on top of the hornet situation.

Donna said...

Ewww - I just don't get the fun with all the dead animals. Blah - I'm gonna tell Chip and Dale!