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Squirrels are Rats in Disguise!

Updated on June 30, 2014

Cute Furry Creatures? I Think Not!

There was a time when I thought squirrels were some of Gods cutest creatures. My heart would grow warm and a smile would find its way to my face whenever I saw them scurrying around. I would think of them gathering their little acorns or other food, storing it for the harsh winter months. I even thought about furnishing a feeder basket to help make their little furry lives easier.

Well, time and circumstance have slowly changed my mind and eroded every friendly emotion that I ever had regarding squirrels. Although I still think they are cute, the thought only lasts a second or two. My heart is no longer warmed by their presence, my eye no longer twinkles as they scurry pass. In fact, I now think of squirrels only as fuzzy tailed rats. And, I plot evil when I see them nearby.

My dislike for the existance of squirrels has intensified over the years with the most recent incident occurring this past summer. This is what happened....


A Little History

I have been blessed to live in a wonderful community filled with wonderful residents. Friendly, helpful and sincere; we all work together to make our lives more enjoyable. I am very, very happy and try and share my joy of living wherever I go...I am simply wonderful...

I have lived in my home more than ten years and have always wanted a garden. Over the years I have made several attempts at planting one.

As a child, I grew up in an area that was full of fruit trees; plums, peaches, apricots, oranges, grapefruit, there were many days I could be found climbing those trees to harvest their bounty.

So, in my new home, in this new state, I wanted to plant an assortment of fruit trees; whichever type are common to this region. I have made some seasonal attempts at planting peppers and tomatoes, but nothing more serious than that. So, imagine how glad I was to find 3 wild blackberry bushes growing in my yard. And, if that weren't delightful enough, I discovered that the purple tree in my front yard was a real cherry tree! Could life be any better???

Setting the Stage

My plan was to wait for just the right time and go pick the fruit of each. I would make smoothies with the blackberries an add them to my salads. I would relish in setting a bowl of fresh picked cherries on my table for the enjoyment of friends and family alike. I tell you, I had big plans.


All for Naught

I was making preparations to carry out my plan with a vengeance! As I was leaving for work the next morning, my attention was drawn to my side yard. What I saw astonished. There on the top of my fence sat a squirrel. He, or she was sitting there, on my fence eating from one of my blackberry bushes.

I stood there staring with as much intimidation as I could muster. He was not moved. His little jaws were just chompin' away. Hmmm, I thought, he is staring at me down... he is eating my berries and he is staring me down! It is almost ominous. But, having lost the staring contest, I told myself that I needn't be concerned, surely there is enough fruit for us all.

Little did I know, but that stupid squirrell and his kin-folk had already cleaned out the other two berry bushes and were systemically polishing off this, the third and last one.

More Sensitivity is Needed

I should have been more cognizant...I should have known by the way that squirrel was looking at me that he was up to no good. I should have found a giant rock and chunked (thrown) it at him. But, no...I was the live and let live lady and, as a result, I was pilfered out of my God-given blessing of fresh blackberries.

The same thing happened with my cherry tree. I went out one day and the tree was full of fruit. I thought I would wait another week to ensure the fruit was good and ripe. (It must have been the devil telling me to wait). Anyway, I waited that week and wish that I hadn't because now I have to wait for the next season.

This is what happened. The day before I found the tree empty I saw one squirrel who was probably the same squirrel of the blackberry bush robbery eating the last cherry on the tree. This time I would take action. I picked up a throw-away newspaper, took aim and threw it with great accuracy toward that squirrel. I came close, but I missed him, and, how many of you know that coming close does not count. He flew out of that tree with that last cherry in his gullet. My once full cherry tree was now naked and devoid of its precious was gone, all gone.

a rose is a rose is a rose...



Those squirrels were as irritating as any group of rats. The difference between squirrels and rats is not much if you ask me. Squirrels are just rats with permed tails and clipped ears. They both chew on stuff, gnaw holes in your house, steal food and leave a mess for you to clean up. We just think squirrels are cute and rats are ugly.

That's just like the devil. He is always the same. He just comes in different appearances. Sometimes you can't tell you are dealing with the devil because he looks or sounds so sweet and cute. Other times it is obvious you are dealing with him.

The point is, whenever you recognize the activity of the devil, regardless of who or what is being used, don't be in denial. Call it what it is and deal with it immediately. Don't let the cuteness or sweetness of the appearance cause you to deceive yourself or deceive others. 'Cause if you do you will look up like I did and find all of your stuff is gone.


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    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Love your comment... I was riding in my neighborhood yesterday and I saw several bunnies running across a few of the neighbors yards... that would be all that we need... squirrels and bunnies... Where is my dog? Come here, doggie!

    • Pico Triano profile image


      6 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      This reminds me of my exasperated younger brother's question. "If you have three squirrels and you exterminate three squirrels. How many squirrels do you have?"

      After a pause, I replied, "Probably still have three."

      He says, "Yeah, they just move in from somewhere else," and storms away.

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      God Bless you Hillrider and thanks for the comment

    • hillrider profile image


      10 years ago from Mid-west United States

      Sorry you are having such issue with your squirrels there Leslie but it seems that you are receiving some sound advice. Too often we head into a project without knowing there are forces against us already lurking "in the bushes," and often before we even get started.

      You likened this to our daily life, and our battle with Satan. Like we are told in Eph 6:11 we need this armor to keep us safe, at all times. I appreciated that everyone stepped forth to offer their advice and were able to still see and enjoy the message.

      As believers we need to share this wisdom, for His ways and for chores and tasks as well. When one has a need for guidance another does need step up and help. Whether spiritual or physical. We are called to share and gather in His Name.

      I know everyone surely knows this but it is nice for me to witness this sharing as it has been a moment since I have been a witness to it. Thanks everyone who shared, I am finding more here to like ...

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks WoC and Troy,

      WoC - Speaking blessings and joy to you and yours also this Thanksgiving.

      Troy - Praying for you on that job. Believing that your manifest victory come quickly. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

    • Troy C. profile image

      Troy Wilkerson 

      10 years ago from Norfolk, VA

      You are awesome, God bless you. The devil is attacking me on my job, but he wont win. He does come in many disguises.

    • Woman Of Courage profile image

      Woman Of Courage 

      10 years ago

      Hi Leslie, Sorry about the squirrels eating the fruit off your trees. I love blackberries also. At least next season, you will know what to do. You are absolutely right. This is how the devil works, doing bad while appearing to look innocent. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. God bless you!

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Pachuca, Unchained and Quill, I appreciate your comments....and, I think I am going to get some lovely marigolds so I can get ready for next season.

      Now that I know what to do, I am going to be about the business of doing it!

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      10 years ago

      Hi LeslieAdrienne... love this and the way you have likened the cute little fuzzy "That's just like the devil. He is always the same. He just comes in different appearances".

      They are with us, all around us and sometimes even within ourselves, we just need to recognize them.

      Might I suggest Marigolds or as well garlic bulbs in a tight circle about a foot away from the plant being attacked. They hate both.


    • Unchained Grace profile image

      Unchained Grace 

      10 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      It's interesting that nobody caught the real meaning behind this Hub.

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      10 years ago

      this is so funny as I have had the exact same problem. The squirrels eat the berries off of our black berry bush before we even get a chance to pick them. And these squirrels seem to have a death wish because they have the nerve to come down into our yard on the grass merely feet from our golden retreiver and the other day one wasn't so lucky! I had to get the broom and help the fat squirrel escape although I think he crawled away and died after the mauling my dog did to it. I tell ya...I don't like squirrels anymore either!

    • Unchained Grace profile image

      Unchained Grace 

      10 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      You turned that around nicely at the end. Know what? You did what many writers can't do. You pulled people right in using a problem anybody can readily identify with and then flipped the script with a solid relative comparison. Nice work! Voted UP and AWESOME. I really enjoyed your approach.

    • LeslieAdrienne profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie A. Shields 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Heart...

      I'll try the netting next you have any advice about the blackberry bushes?

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      10 years ago from hub

      I'm so sorry, you didn't get to reap your harvest:( We had this situation happen...with the cherry trees one year. The cherries were almost ready to pick, and out of 3 cherry trees, we got enough cherries to make one pie! Then we bought this netting and putt in over the top of the tree our surprise, the birds the next year, just swooped in under the netting and ate the cherries again! Then an old time gardner said, we did everything right, yet we were supposed to take the netting down under the branches and tie it off? Then the birds couldn't get in? Maybe that can help with your friut trees next year? Well, you did get a good analogy out of year you'll be on top of it:)


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