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Old 09-22-2006, 10:29 PM   #11
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Since notes are not helping I would put some dog poop over the wall and into her back yard.

I know this is not nice but it the only suggestion that I can come up with.

Have a happy weekend.

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Old 09-22-2006, 11:28 PM   #12
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Oh you guys are great! Auntdot - I'd not thought of the health dept! I forgot to mention we've spent $150 in the last 2 weeks on pest control.

I think I'll also go to the hardware store and find some of the bobbing headed owls. My grandma used to use those to ward birds out of her fig tree and they do work - great idea, MicheleMarie!

Thank you!!!
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Old 09-23-2006, 12:58 AM   #13
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I feel for you, too. I like the bird feeder idea, but I doubt whether she would want to use it, or else she'd see it as one more expression of dissatisfaction from you. If only you could use a bird feeder to lure them away from the wall. Have you tried taking a broom and whisking off the wall from her crumbs? If you're trying to combat all sorts of vermin from entering your yard, you have to get rid of the source. Your neighbor sounds stubborn. I like the owl idea. If it would work, it's worth a try. If not, I would look for a city agency that could intervene. Good luck!
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Old 09-23-2006, 02:39 AM   #14
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Have you tried taking a broom and whisking off the wall from her crumbs?
I actually took the leaf blower to it earlier today!
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Old 09-23-2006, 02:45 AM   #15
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As soon as she goes back in the house, hose the wall down. I would be tempted to do it before she went in, but I'm not that mean! LOL All the suggestions about making friends with her are great, but she doesn't seem to want to be reasonable about it. James said you can buy this cat urine spray stuff that you could spray on the wall and the birds may not want to come around.

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Old 09-23-2006, 02:47 AM   #16
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ooooooooooooooooh! I'm picturing myself at the hardware store, bobbing owl tucked under one arm, leaf blower under the other and holding a can of "eau de cat pee". Nice.
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Old 09-23-2006, 04:07 AM   #17
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[quote=jkath]There's a big wall between my back yard and her house.[quote]

One wall, two houses. To whom does the wall actually belong? Who built it?

This is familiar stuff here in Greece. The courts have plenty of boundary disputes clogging the works, although usually because a wall's been around forever and everybody wants to claim it as theirs (to add 40 centimeters to their property ...).

I don't mean to say that if it's hers you have no cause for complaint, but if it's yours on the other hand, surely you can tell her "not on MY wall, lady!"

My mother-in-law does this on one of our walls, too, but it's her son/my hubby who yells at her (for the very same reasons).

I sympathize!
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Old 09-23-2006, 08:56 AM   #18
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I would leave the old lady alone.
If all u ever see of her is her hand. Then she probably does not get out, and is alone and lonely. Let her feed the birds, for Gods sakes.

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Old 09-23-2006, 09:35 AM   #19
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Mel, that would be nice, if she wasn't feeding the rodents.
As for being a nice little old lady, I wouldn't say that either. Her next door neighbor calls her a cranky meanie. (This is coming from another senior citizen)
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Old 09-23-2006, 09:39 AM   #20
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I like the owl idea. Stick that think right up on the fence to show her you mean business.

I also like the idea of inviting her over for tea. Once she meets you she will love you just like everyone else and will not want to do anything to upset you.
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