Peanut shells on my Deck

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My 19 month old daughter tested positive to a skin prick test 2 weeks ago for peanut allergy. She has never had a known reaction.

Ofcourse I'm really anxious and upset right now. Someone feeds the squirrels peanuts and the shells land all of my deck. I feel like every time me or my husband goes out there we are tracking in peanut dust or something. I picked up the peanut shells and throw them in our outside sealed trash can and my husband sprayed off the deck. I even wiped the bottom of our shoes. Does anyone else have this problem? It's really nerve racking because I feel like she can't even go out there. Am I being weird about this??

On Jun 5, 2006

No, you're not being weird about it. Totally valid concerns you've got.

Can you maybe explain the situation to your neighbors? Just tell them that you're scared because someone in the neighborhood has been feeding the squirrels peanuts and they're landing on your deck, and your young daughter has PA and you're afraid she'll get ahold of one and have a reaction. I don't think squirrels really travel that far, so if you just go to the nearby houses, you should solve the problem. Or you could type up a flyer about the PA and what the problem is and how dangerous this is for your daughter and stick it in your neighbor's mailboxes, if you don't wish to talk to everyone face to face. And be sure to mention the other things available that they can feed them. We have a bird seed that has sunflower seeds in it, and the squirrels literally risk their lives flying into the bird feeder to get at those seeds. There are also suet things at the store that you can hang on trees for them as well.

Good luck.

On Jun 6, 2006

If you get little help from neighbor who is feeding, you can get a "kind" trap from local garden store & trap the squirrel & take it to another part of town & release it. My parents have done this successfully for many years.

~EB

[This message has been edited by ajas_folks (edited June 06, 2006).]

On Jun 6, 2006

I totally sympathize with you. Just 10 days ago, I walked out of my house to get the mail and saw dozens of peanut shells all over my front yard! In the driveway, around the mailbox, in my grass, on the street in front of my house. My head just about spun off, I tell you. Fortunately, my PA son was inside the house. My poor husband took an hour off of work (he's self-employed) to sweep and blow and get them up out of our yard.

We took a few DAYS to calm down and try to be rational before we decided on a plan. We wrote a letter and put it on all of the mailboxes on our street. We realized that it was probably just kids (it was, we found out later) and that they didn't know about my son's PA (they're new to the street). I've heard from many of my neighbors and it's all been positive feedback. I hope it helps educate and helps people to remember that not only is it rude to leave trash on someone else's property, that in this case, it's endangering a young life. We're also having a reminder put into our neighborhood newsletter. Do you have a way to get the word out to your neighbors?

It's so scary, because you want to let your kids go outside in their own yard/deck/whatever space! I'm still nervous about it--I inspect the yard compulsively and have not let him out as much. I do hope our letter helps make sure this never happens again. I'd be happy to post the content of our letter if you want some ideas if you decide to go that route.

Let us know what happens!

On Jun 7, 2006

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Originally posted by ajas_folks: [b]If you get little help from neighbor who is feeding, you can get a "kind" trap from local garden store & trap the squirrel & take it to another part of town & release it. My parents have done this successfully for many years.

~EB

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This is what they did in the episode of "Yes Dear" on CBS. The son is allergic to peanuts, so the husband trapped the squirrel, and while driving in the car, the squirrel got loose and started attacking them. It was funny.

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