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Subject: Back in the saddle again! Replies: 20
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,272
 
The squirrelinator trap is not designed for our eastern grey squirrel though it would probably catch a few. It is actually designed for the western ground squirrels and the closest we have to them would be our eastern chipmunk. I've looked at this trap before and passed on it because the single catch 4"x4" traps are more effective. Believe me I'm always looking for the better mousetrap as time is money and the faster I catch the critter the faster I move on to the next fee.
Traps that I have used and have had in my arsenal are the standard 4"x4" safeguards (the best of the cage traps IMO), the tunnel trap (not impressed with though they do work), 110 conibears (the duke magnum is my preferred), #0 and #1 foothold both coil and long springs, modified victor large rat traps (not recommended unles you can guarantee a direct blow to the head), glueboards (not recommended except under special circumstances), excluders w/wo attached cages (for removal from structures), snares (not legal in most areas). 

Subject: Back in the saddle again! Replies: 20
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,272
 
Jason, the pop mixes do not work. By the by it could also get you in dutch with the Dept of Ag if they got wind of it. If you want to do it by the book you first need a license from the DNR, and they offer a free one to homeowners that are good for thirty days. I'm not sure how many freebies you can get in a year though but thirty days worth of intense trapping would knock a dent in their numbers. One phone call to Social Circle and they can steer you straight. In Georgia squirrels are live catch only and relocating does work but must be a minimum of 10 miles. Sorry, svanessa, but an animal that can't remember where it buried the acorn isn't coming back from 30 miles. Sad but true relocation is often a death sentence especially this time of year and even if they did try to come back here in the Metro they wouldn't get far before meeting a set of goodyears.
A good bait for the traps can be mixed up from peanut butter (sun butter if you can find it is better), black oil sunflower seeds, black walnut oil/extract and ground pecans. The trick to catching squirrels is to set the traps where they are (this applies to all animals). Take note of your yard and observe where you see the squirrels. More than likely they are running on elevated structures (no your not going to have to climb a tree). I catch the heck out of them along the tops of fences, deck rails, tops of retaining walls, swing sets, even low tree limbs. For a squirrel height is safety so get your traps elevated. You can fasten your traps (and you should to keep raccoons from toting them off) with screws and washers to wood or bungee cord them to things. The main thing is pick spots that the squirrels are using regularly, most squirrels have a favorite spot to sit and feed if you know those spots you in business. Barring good sets you can create them by prebaiting a spot to get the squirrels coming, but be careful that you don't draw in more than you had to start with.
The best deal on traps out there that is durable for what you want is the Simple Squirrel available from WCS http://www.wildlifecontrolsupplies.com you want the four inch model. Around 12 and change apeice (if memory serves) and you going to want several, say four to start depending on how fast and hard you want to move on them. On a project like this I usually unload six to eight for starters. Avoid the Havaharts especially the two door model, we in the industry call them havajunks for a reason. The offer still stands for me to come up there and help you out. So far I have given away the store on this but will be glad to eyeball the situation and gives you some site specific plans.
BTW, this comes from having caught a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of squirrels over the last few years. 

Subject: fig orchard Replies: 32
Posted By: warrior Views: 2,287
 
BTW, someone instruct us on how to dry figs. Do they have to dry on the tree or can it be done on a dehydrator. Or is it like raisins done in the sun in the vineyard.
My only experience with drying fruit is apples which were peeled and sliced and laid out in the sun between a couple window screens. Drying veggies was pole beans threaded onto string to make what we call leather britches.

Subject: fig orchard Replies: 32
Posted By: warrior Views: 2,287
 
All I can say WOW! I could only wish for such beautiful trees. I've always thought a fig TREE would look good in my landscape here but the standard here is the bush form, though I also like the look of some of these 20'x20' "bushes" around here as well.
Seriously though, how does one go about getting that form? I assume train them to one main stem removing all suckers and limbs up to the point where you want branching. Here's what I am thinking for these cuttings I have in cups when they are ready to go in ground. One main trunk to about 24" and then allow branching. I'm thinking combine the two forms so that I can keep the ground underneath clean and mulched but not so high that I have to do the ladder thing. 

Subject: fig orchard Replies: 32
Posted By: warrior Views: 2,287
 
All I can say WOW! I could only wish for such beautiful trees. I've always thought a fig TREE would look good in my landscape here but the standard here is the bush form, though I also like the look of some of these 20'x20' "bushes" around here as well.
Seriously though, how does one go about getting that form? I assume train them to one main stem removing all suckers and limbs up to the point where you want branching. Here's what I am thinking for these cuttings I have in cups when they are ready to go in ground. One main trunk to about 24" and then allow branching. I'm thinking combine the two forms so that I can keep the ground underneath clean and mulched but not so high that I have to do the ladder thing. 

Subject: Back in the saddle again! Replies: 20
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,272
 
Jason, once I get all the legalities out of the way I will be glad to help you with your squirrels. Actually it sounds like you are in need of a maintenance trapping program.
{squirrels population reduction program done on an ongoing or periodic basis as opposed to the one time remove the problem squirrel in the attic/structural seal}
How I've done this in the past is set it up on a quarterly system where I do all the work or in special cases I can teach you every thing you need to know to do it yourself and help you get set up to do it yourself.
PM me if you want to discuss it.

Subject: Back in the saddle again! Replies: 20
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,272
 
Well so far I have been impressed with the part of our Dept of Ag that I have dealt with. As part of this I am having to upgrade my pest control license. One of the downsides is having to have this license. Here in GA repellants or any other chemical such as deodorizer and disinfectants applied for a fee fall under the jurisdiction of the Dept of Ag and if it is in or around homes it falls under the auspices of the Structural Pest Board. Now here's the real kick in the pants, this is for PCO licensing not WCO. The entire WCO category is a grey area. The critters themselves fall under the Dept of Natural Resources and as such I must hold a license from them in order to handle them (I already have that one) BUT if I use a chemical (other than narcotics/tranquilizers which is a whole nother can of FEDERAL worms) for their control that goes back to the Dept of Ag Structural Pest Board. Here's the rub Structural Pest is just that pest of the structure that have six legs and not four. So I have to sit for a test (Household Pest Control) on termites and roaches just so that I can go after the honeybees in the wall AND sit for a seperate test (Ornamental & Turf) if I want to deal with the hornet's nest in the yard.
Well needless to say I had questions. One phone call got me directed straight to the number two man in the whole friggen dept and he was very informative and polite. As a matter of fact we had a long and pleasant conversation about honeybees (I'm a beek btw) and when I posed a question he could not answer he gave me the direct number of the head man himself which resulted in another pleasant conversation and my questions answered.
To say the least in spite of being concerned about the crazy hurdles (added costs) I'll have to jump to be licensed to operate within the law I am well pleased that the powers that be are so helpful.

Subject: Back in the saddle again! Replies: 20
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,272
 

Ox, see that kind of stuff right there is what I want to avoid, thank you very much. Now why would an employer want to put his employees on a polygraph? It is either he is hiring the wrong people to start with or he's an idiot that wants an adversarial relationship with the people that makes his living for him.


Subject: Back in the saddle again! Replies: 20
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,272
 
I had it confirmed this pm. I have a business partner and tommorrow am I starting the process of incorporating and registering Georgia Wildlife Services. I had initially planned on ducking back home to Alabama to do this but decided I have a much better market right where I'm at and besides us Alabama folks don't have as much need for a WCO, we eat our problem animals back home. 
I have spent the past couple of weeks studying and trying to learn everything I can about getting a small business off the ground. The field work I have no problem with that's all I have ever done and I have excelled at it but the admin part is already giving me headaches. There's marketing, finances, insurance both liability and vehicle for starters, the paperwork required for both start up and day to day, printing, websites (I need an IT guy desperately to walk me through it), purchasing, it goes on and on. But I'm going to do this! No more busting my rump to put money in someone else's pocket I'm going to work twice as long for me this go around.
Wish me luck!

Subject: yellow fig trifecta Replies: 10
Posted By: warrior Views: 827
 
Don't know about production though I do have two out of the three as cuttings I expect to have the other shortly.
Others that are recommended for the southeast are LSU Gold and Golden Celeste/Champagne.

Subject: Fig (trees),and shrubs keep growing trough Winter!! Replies: 10
Posted By: warrior Views: 862
 

I wonder if the increase in caliper is due to movement of fluids (starches/carbs) that cause vascular/cellular swelling or is it an actual addition of new cellulosic growth (woody material).


Subject: Fig (trees),and shrubs keep growing trough Winter!! Replies: 10
Posted By: warrior Views: 862
 
JMO, but in all but the most arctic areas the bulk of the root mass of most plants should have access to soil below the frost line. It would stand to reason in with my limited lack of knowledge that there is crucial activity occurring in those roots. The plant itself still has to live and like most things in nature has a plan/method for ensuring survival. From what I have seen it is very rare for anything in nature to be truly static or non functioning even if appears to be so to us humans who are creatures of constant activity. Remember the plants that we grow often have lifespans measured in multiples of our own, they can afford to be more deliberate in their activity.
Again JMO but I believe the root system during the winter play a role in storing energy in the form of starches and other carbohydrates to include moving these stores from one area of the plant to another in preparation for re establishing vegatative growth.


Subject: The Genetics of Hominids and Figs Replies: 17
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,254
 
Boots, interesting observations. I am still wondering how it aplies to my own genetic makeup.
Paternal line pure Scot descended from the Norsemen who raided/settled the Hebrides Islands off the coast of Scotland, okay there would also be a strong admixture of gael or celtic genetics as the norse went "native". General phenotype on the paternal line is fair skinned, blue eyed, small in stature (odd since I thought the Norse were known for size, possible Bergmann's Rule, but it could be the Island Rule in effect since the Hebrides are islands), hair light colored and thin in amount tending to thin as it ages, no major digestive issues other than sensitivity to high fat and acid diets (tendency to reflux).
Maternal line, not as much known tough English in general make up with almost equal French (southern mediterranean?) contribution The most recent addition though being very strong hunter/gatherer, Cherokee native american. Phenotype; tall and slender, dark complexioned, dark hair and eyes, hair greying but never white, full and thick heads of hair in all known individuals straight in texture. Very little to no facial hair or body hair. Strong facial features to include high cheekbones and strong noses. No known food issues. Unique phenomena is that at least one in every recent generation shows very strong native american influence and it is in almost a direct line. Some sort of gentic dominance thing?
I am of that type, can't grow a beard for squat. Dark complexioned to the point of often being asked if I am multiracial. My mother is as well as was her father. My brothers on the other hand tend more toward the paternal type though they do have the height of mother's line. My youngest sibling has the fair skin issues of melanomas where I am constantly exposed to the sun with zero issues.
Genetics are always an interesting study.

Subject: The Genetics of Hominids and Figs Replies: 17
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,254
 
Boots, interesting observations. I am still wondering how it aplies to my own genetic makeup.
Paternal line pure Scot descended from the Norsemen who raided/settled the Hebrides Islands off the coast of Scotland, okay there would also be a strong admixture of gael or celtic genetics as the norse went "native". General phenotype on the paternal line is fair skinned, blue eyed, small in stature (odd since I thought the Norse were known for size, possible Bergmann's Rule, but it could be the Island Rule in effect since the Hebrides are islands), hair light colored and thin in amount tending to thin as it ages, no major digestive issues other than sensitivity to high fat and acid diets (tendency to reflux).
Maternal line, not as much known tough English in general make up with almost equal French (southern mediterranean?) contribution The most recent addition though being very strong hunter/gatherer, Cherokee native american. Phenotype; tall and slender, dark complexioned, dark hair and eyes, hair greying but never white, full and thick heads of hair in all known individuals straight in texture. Very little to no facial hair or body hair. Strong facial features to include high cheekbones and strong noses. No known food issues. Unique phenomena is that at least one in every recent generation shows very strong native american influence and it is in almost a direct line. Some sort of gentic dominance thing?
I am of that type, can't grow a beard for squat. Dark complexioned to the point of often being asked if I am multiracial. My mother is as well as was her father. My brothers on the other hand tend more toward the paternal type though they do have the height of mother's line. My youngest sibling has the fair skin issues of melanomas where I am constantly exposed to the sun with zero issues.
Genetics are always an interesting study.

Subject: Jealous yet? Replies: 18
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,017
 
Hmmm, potted figs for prizes. I wonder where those would come from?
Heck, I'd be glad to judge and sample.. I mean hand out the prizes. ;)

Subject: Bleaching Fig Twigs Replies: 8
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,276
 
I don't think there is any need to go higher than a 10% mix. I regularly do deodorizing and disinfecting behind wildlife in structures. I have done quite a bit of research into zoonoses (diseases which can be interspecific) and no where do I find recommendations for stronger concentrates of bleach. JMO from my reading (I am by no means an expert in microbiology) bleach is reported to be more effective as an antiviral than antibiotic and has zero effect as an ovicide (not effective against eggs ie., bayliascaris lotor[raccoon roundworm], nematodes, internal worms, etc.) as a miticide or anti parasitic again nada. I even doubt it's anti fungal properties as it is not effective against histoplasma capsulatum which is found in bat and bird guano.
Special note; never use bleach in or around bat guano as it reacts badly with the high ammonia (urine) content of bat guano and releases chlorine gas (a blood agent) into the atmosphere.

Subject: Well my day sucked! Replies: 13
Posted By: warrior Views: 760
 
Announced to the tune of MY WAY.

This now gives me the freedom to hang out my own shingle!

Subject: Well my day sucked! Replies: 13
Posted By: warrior Views: 760
 

Well, it's definite no longer and I have a knife in my back. The company cut it's losses and canned me. That's all I'll say until after I speak with an attorney.


Subject: Well my day sucked! Replies: 13
Posted By: warrior Views: 760
 
I am a Wildlife Control Operator. One of the few that are/was willing to wade into the thorny feral cat issue. I have always known that this day was coming but hoped to avoid. I would have were it not for feral dogs. You can guess what happened.
There is more to this than I can divulge but there is also a history here with the authorities. This was on a job that I was called in to come behind them because they could not solve the problem. It has caused the property owner thousands of dollars of damage. The authorities have gotten tired of professionals coming in and stepping on their toes, even more so making a good living doing so. I am the best there is in this area and have never felt the need to hide that fact so I am a moving target. I have statutes in hand and will whip them with it. Then we see what my employer wants to do with it.
Fact is that if they were doing there job I would not be needed.

Subject: Well my day sucked! Replies: 13
Posted By: warrior Views: 760
 

The screw has turned. It is now a criminal matter and I hear the bus cranking up. But I also have hope that there may be an industry response because if this happens to me it could happen to anyone.


Subject: Well my day sucked! Replies: 13
Posted By: warrior Views: 760
 

It ain't all bad either. I have roots!


Subject: Well my day sucked! Replies: 13
Posted By: warrior Views: 760
 
Oh yes there is! My time is now free to pursue establishing Alabama Animal Damage Control, wildlife management and predator control LLC.. My 60 hour weeks and yearly revenue of 175,000 have just been a training ground. Just have to get on my feet and get myself and family back home to bama.
Oh things may also work the other way too. I expect all the issues will blow over after the powers that be huff and puff and threaten to blow us down, bottom line is that I am totally, legally in the right. All parties were aware of potential consequences. When this blows over and I am missed I will negotiate on my terms or not at all.
BTW, I am an arrogant SOB when it comes to what I know and that is my stock in trade.

Subject: Well my day sucked! Replies: 13
Posted By: warrior Views: 760
 
Indefinite suspension.

Job gone bad and the company's response is to throw me under the bus. They can't bring themselves to outright fire me after setting sales records for three years running and single handedly opening the biggest market in the southeast. I guess some people really don't want to know how sausage is made.
Oh well, more time for figs.

Subject: Ebay and Corleone Replies: 17
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,382
 

Well the original $60 to Belleclaire has been recouped. The cuttings sold for $61, $12.20 per cutting.


Subject: Sad event Replies: 21
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,233
 
I feel your pain. Three daughters here, 19, 16 and 16months the oldest is due to deliver my first grandchild in less then 60 days.
We kill ourselves trying to shield them from reality but sometimes they learn life's lessons the hard way.
Remember this, "That that doesn't kill you makes you stronger". 

Subject: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Replies: 0
Posted By: warrior Views: 408
 

You know who you are. They arrived in great shape and I am grateful.


Subject: Earthquake in San Diego Replies: 7
Posted By: warrior Views: 631
 

I heard on the radio that San Diego had an earthquake yesterday. Jon, you okay? More to the point are the figs okay. ;)


Subject: Looking for cuttings to start in my New green house I got for Christmas Replies: 15
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,032
 

Y'all got me to thinking that Elvis, my kingsnake, may be looking for a new home. ;)


Subject: Rooting Via Baggie Method With Sphagnum Moss Replies: 45
Posted By: warrior Views: 5,085
 

Martin, I still owe mine a processor after the catfish bait incident.


Subject: a couple of ebooks Replies: 8
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,362
 

Grafting figs, who woulda thunk it. I can see where this is going. First one to a 100 variety tree let us know. I heard of a citrus with 100 but a fig would be more fun. I can't think that of all those 100 citrus that all of them would be fit to eat but Jon alone can come up with 100 figs that are.


Subject: Fig Season 2010 Replies: 9
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,448
 

Jon, what is the relationship of Adam to Dauphine. Are they the same or just similar?


Subject: Ebay and Corleone Replies: 17
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,382
 

Just curious. Who is battling it out for this one?


Subject: Rooting Via Baggie Method With Sphagnum Moss Replies: 45
Posted By: warrior Views: 5,085
 
Which is exactly why I don't talk work on forums like this. My work just might be of to much interest to gardeners.
Besides after my last pissing contest on GW I come to realize some folks are beyond help.

Subject: Collections Replies: 5
Posted By: warrior Views: 723
 

Yep, it is. I missed that one.


Subject: Ebay and Corleone Replies: 17
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,382
 
I saw that too. "Fico de Capo" if I understand it right means Fig of Head literally. Capo, if I understand right means head and is used as we do in english to mean the "boss", "leader", etc. In this case I assume the connection is to Corleone which is the ancestral home of Don Corleone, head of the five families mafia organization in the novel/movie Godfather. Supposedly the head of a mafia organization is the Capo or head.
Fico Nera, IDK. Maybe this is the "real" name. From what I understand of reading other threads Belleclaire sold this fig as "Sal's", as well as one other by the same handle. The fig is supposed to trace back directly to the town of Corleone.

Subject: Collections Replies: 5
Posted By: warrior Views: 723
 
Actually, I was more curious as to what sort of "themed" collections could be done. I do want to try the LSU cultivars because I have heard so much good about them.
Anyone want to throw in some ideas?

Subject: What to do? Replies: 8
Posted By: warrior Views: 708
 
rafed, thanks for the offer. I'm not asking for cuttings just commenting on my luck. :(
I guess I need to slow down on the figs and get to know who has what and who to buy from.

BTW, 41.50 total. 21.50 ebay and 20 for extras. 4.95 to mail. It ain't going to break me if he stiffs me on the money, I'll chalk it up to lesson learned.

Subject: I got cuttings! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,103
 
Italian 258
Smith
Bagalhouce
Tena
O'Rourke
LSU Gold
Giant Celeste
Black Marseilles
Col de Dama Dark

Nine varieties with 26 total cuttings.

Subject: Collections Replies: 5
Posted By: warrior Views: 723
 
Has anyone assembled a collection of related figs? I am thinking of the Celeste group or an LSU collection, you would have to have both to complete the other. Though the celeste with it's different strains could get crazy.
I am thinking this;

LSU Purple
LSU Gold
LSU Everbearing
LSU Tiger/Giant Celeste
O'Rourke/Imp Celeste
Champagne/Gold Celeste

Add the Celeste and is it complete?

Any ideas on other groupings for a collection?
I'm thinking Col de Dame has three color variants.
Brown Turkey would be crazy as well, but would it be worth it? ;)
Dauphine has a couple colors as well.
The Condit hybrids come to mind.
Alma and TX BA-1, are the any others out of A&M?
Brunswick, Quarter Pounder, Castle Kennedy?


Subject: What to do? Replies: 8
Posted By: warrior Views: 708
 

Well it seems that I am without cuttings to root. That is until my UCDavis order comes in and I'm not sure what to expect there either. What to do in the meantime? I'm getting stir crazy not having something to plant/root/grow. I've started ordering grape cuttings but it's going to be the end of January for them to get here. I would go till the garden for something to do but with our rain the garden is nothing but a mudhole right now.


Subject: I got cuttings! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,103
 

He has replied to my request for a refund. He says he will take the cuttings back and refund my money. I can only hope he follows through.


Subject: I got cuttings! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,103
 

Done the search, not real happy at the moment.


Subject: I got cuttings! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,103
 

The heck with waiting. He claims to have a 7 day money back guarantee. I'll try to take him up on it. I have also contacted Ebay for help.


Subject: I got cuttings! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,103
 

It doesn't look so good now. I guess I wait and see now what surprises I have been sent.


Subject: I got cuttings! Replies: 19
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,103
 

I don't know the handle mifigs4fun (ebay handle) goes by here but thank you. The cuttings arrived in exellant shape and better than described. A couple extras thrown in and the cuttings were mostly 5 and 6 node cuttings. They are bagged and I can't wait to see initials. :)


Subject: Merry ChristMass to all, Replies: 13
Posted By: warrior Views: 762
 

Merry Christmas!


Subject: Winter Protection - Bending Tree to ground Replies: 11
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,349
 

I am so glad to live in the south. No heroic efforts to save my plants are required here. That is until I get some citrus.


Subject: Ancestry - Not Fig Related Replies: 10
Posted By: warrior Views: 1,063
 
Clan MacLeod has had a DNA study done of males (due to the X/Y gene inheritance the males show the needed haplotypes to determine ancestry from known haplotype groups) that carry the patrinymic surname to determine if in fact we are of Norse descent as family history states. Specifically, descended in a direct line from our namesake father Ljotr (norse; ugly, as in fierce/mean transliterated into gealic Leoid. Mac in gealic means "son of"). We do have historic documentation of a norseman named Ljotr settling on the Isle of Skye at or around the time a stronghold/keep was established on an island in a sea loch which would later become Castle Dunvegan, the seat of Clan MacLeod. What has never been proven are the various stories of Ljotr's origin. Whether he was a son or stepson of Balki the norse sherriff of skye or the grandson of Olaf the Black, last King of Mann we can not prove. In spite of lack of evidence there is strong reason to believe that Ljotr does trace back in some way to Olaf the Black and/or the norse kings of Dublin. The claim to Olaf was more than likely through marriage and norsemen of that time were freely trading between ireland and the british isles. BTW Dunvegan (gealic; castle on the rock) is the longest held by the same family and occupied keep in the whole of the british isles. It has never fallen to outsiders. Not even the present hohenzollern rulers of england can make that claim.
The results were inconclusive. While we share alot of the predominant haplotypes that are common the to british isles, reflecting long establishment of the family there. We also showed haplotypes coming from the scandinavian regions but then again so do a large percent of the population of northern europe, particularly in those regions of known viking conquest. Can we say we descend in a pure unbroken line, of course not. But I still believe the MacLeods along with many other northern scottish clans owe their existance to norsemen raiders gone native.
Side note; many proud scottish clans of today are not scottish at all. Many are french. The norman invaders (ok, I'll grant you that the normans were originally norsemen) were notorious for displacing conquered clans and installing reliable "clans" in their place.


Subject: Propagation with 100% success Replies: 6
Posted By: warrior Views: 750
 
Dan, goes by the handle danab over there and he is the one that posted an excellent series of posts on his propagation methods but for reasons known only to him has decided to delete these same posts.

Subject: Propagation with 100% success Replies: 6
Posted By: warrior Views: 750
 

Garden Web forums, they have many many sub forums including a Fig Forum hence the FF.


 

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