I love animals!
Though I don’t own any at the moment, for fear they’d be neglected with my busy schedule, I really do enjoy them. I’m not even sure I could hunt animals, though I’m a strangely talented markswoman. So it made me very happy to discover that my yard is a virtual wild kingdom. Huge brown squirrels are everywhere, dining on our overly abundant avocado tree. We have possums, very common all over Southern California.
A skunk almost sprayed my roommate when Malinda startled it walking out to her car. And we have a family of raccoons, FIVE babies and a momma, that love to hang out in our trees.
I was so excited when I saw my first neighborhood raccoon! I was washing dishes when I looked out the window and Momma Raccoon climb out of the tree and onto our trellis four yards away. Weeks later I squealed when I went outside to investigate a commotion on our roof, and a little baby raccoon head peaked over the edge of the roof to look at me.
Then, the other night I came home to this……
Apparently these adorable little creatures like to dig, and rather love to attack my succulents. I had noticed one day that a single plant was taken out of it’s pot and was nowhere to be found, dirt and all. I was annoyed. But to come home to this? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. It’s not for lack of food. They’ve been eating heartily on avocados, I’m sure.
I cursed those little buggers up and down, then looked up ways to deter them. I sprinkled Critter Ridder around all of the succulents, with no luck. I can’t cut down the food source that may be encouraging them to hang around, since I’m renting. Do I really need to buy coyote urine to spray around? Gross! Hell, if that’s going to smell to high heaven I’ll most likely sacrifice the succulents. Any suggestions?