Also, they’re probably messing with something of yours right this very minute.
A mild winter and a bumper crop of acorns have produced an explosion of squirrels (scientific name: tree rats) that can decimate orchards.
“I was not expecting the next plague to be red squirrels,” Vermont orchardist Clarence Boston told the Associated Press recently.
Just as his apple crop is about to ripen, the squirrels emerge from nearby forests, swarming his trees, “sometimes eating half a tree’s fruit in two or three hours,” according to AP. Because they’re furry little jerks, the squirrels will also sometimes take a single bite, still leaving the apple worthless for retail sale.
Besides eating a tree’s fruit, squirrels can also kill trees by “girdling” the tree, or eating a ring of bark around the tree, causing it to die. Because they’re jerks.
In fact, there’s probably a squirrel being a jerk right now in your own backyard. I’ve created a helpful slideshow so you can know what to look for, and why.
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