“Vexatious Arboreal Rodents”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Squirrels can be so cute with their wily antics, but other times they can be so aggravating. We all have pretty much experienced marauding squirrels on our bird feeders. We have had them chew through the plastic that surrounds the birdfeeder’s seed slots, and we have even had them chew the bee guards on the hummingbird feeders. A few people report that squirrels take up residence in their attics, especially during the winter. This year, they have chewed the new banana sprouts that are just emerging in our garden. Goodness knows, they are getting enough of our seeds to satisfy their hunger.
Then why did they have to chew on and ruin two of my best hanging baskets? Yesterday I noticed one of the baskets sitting on the ground under the tree instead of hanging in the tree. As I walked over, thinking the wind must have been responsible for the basket falling, I suddenly saw that the hook part had been chewed. I picked it up with the intention of replacing it back on the tree branch when I realized that it had been chewed so much that the hook was very weak and couldn’t support the basket. I checked the next basket that still was in the tree and saw that it, too, had been chewed, just not as much. These baskets were hanging on hooks, so this means the squirrels had to stretch out to chew on them. Why? Why would squirrels chew on plastic?
I ended up throwing the worse one of the two baskets away, and moved the other one (hoping to save it). The reason I am so annoyed by this is that I only like green hanging baskets, and they are getting hard to find. I think the green blends in better with the plants than a bright color does. I also like the plastic ones, because in the summer they do not dry out as fast in our heat.
I still can’t figure out why they would just chew on the plastic. Could they be teething?