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February 25, 2020


“We have an owl decoy as a bird of prey sitting on the edge of the pool. The ducks seem to have adopted him so we now have a floating alligator head. Hopefully this will make them nervous and motivate them to find another home. Please keep the alligator head in the pool so we can see if it is effective.”

(Thanks to Kevin Meerschaert)


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The dirty little secret of the animal kingdom is that they all LOVE owl decoys. We put a couple on our fence last summer to keep the hawks away from the chipmunks and squirrels. All the animals made friends with the owls, including the hawks.

So the alligator head isn't going to attract love-sick alligators ?

As recommended by homeowner associations everywhere.

I think I saw Disembodied Alligator Head open for Amy Grant back in the day.

It was in the era where she was trying to be more edgy

If it doesn't work, there's always the real thing.

Or a python.

Around here you can buy "Zoo Doo" from the zoo which is carnivore poop. Lions, cheetahs, bears and what-not. Spread it around your yard and it's supposed to scare away herbivores like deer. It might work, but I just can't bring myself to pay cash money for a bag of sh1t.

Vsmith - You can go to Home Depot and buy cow manure in 50 LB bags.

As a REAL alligator head would get rancid and putrid quickly, I assume there is a company making life-like plastic ones that float like the REAL thing.

Probably make shark fins for the Jimmy Buffett fans too.
You know...FINS to the left... FINS to the right!

Is that where the Times editorial page is getting it ?

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