A device that drives squirrels nuts

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A device that drives squirrels nuts

A device that drives squirrels nuts via Book of Joe

Bill pondered the ways humans have chosen to deal with squirrels — poisoning, shooting, trapping — and decided no one had tried to annoy them into submission. That is Bill Earl’s great contribution to pest control: He’s the first man to think of ticking squirrels off.

“I thought of the old disco lights,” he said. Bill contacted his friend Mike DeGinto, who works at an electrical and lighting supply shop in Pennsylvania. And thus was born the Evictor, a high-intensity strobe light that flashes 92 times a minute. Bill and Mike say if you install enough in your attic to illuminate every last dark corner the squirrels will, um, high-tail it.

“The reason they leave is it’s so very annoying,” Bill said. “It’s very, very annoying. The squirrels can’t get past that. They decide it’s a bad place to raise their young.”

It’s like living in a cheesy ’70s nightclub — a perpetual cheesy ’70s nightclub, Studio 54 with a cocaine-addled DJ who refuses to stop the checkerboard dance floor from pulsating.

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