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Merry Squirrelly Christmas!

According to the Urban dictionary, squirrelly is defined as bizarre characteristics that cannot be explained;  deliberate, wack spazzy strangeness. While reading that, a friend or loved one probably comes to mind. When I read that, I think of actual squirrels - the rodent critter that exhibits that squirrelly behavior.

A squirrelly example this Christmas season is the colorfully lit trees on Boston Common's unusual outages. Who is destroying the festive mood of the beautiful lights? Squirrels! The Boston Globe shed light on this squirrelly darkness. Tree squirrels are nibbling and chewing through the electrical wires of the Christmas lights. For example, on one 47' Christmas tree, specially delivered from Nova Scotia, half of the lights were out. One theory of this strangeness, is that like some thieves, the squirrels love the copper wire.  The city park officials have contracted a professional to tackle the problem by using a deterrent, Critter Gitter, that consists of hot peppers. The project manager for the beautifully lighted park, Jamie McGrath, was asked why the squirrels keep going after the colorful lights, he laughed and said: "I don't know. You're going to have to ask the squirrels." Good answer Mr. McGrath!

Have you ever seen any unusual squirrel behavior? Sometimes people call me confused because they think a tree squirrel is digging and acting too much like a ground squirrel. I have to remind them that tree squirrels bury their nuts underground and ground squirrels will also climb trees and strip new trees of their bark. Like the Boston tree light destroying tree squirrels, ground squirrels never seem to pass up an opportunity to chew wiring but they seem to be especially attracted to the wiring used in solar paneling and fields. Don't let dealing with these crazy making critters make your squirrelly! Be smart and safe - and stay green!

Wishing you a colorful and brightly lit, not too squirrelly Christmas!


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