1. Secure 5 quarts of clean wheat; scald with water; drain. Take 2/3 cup of white sugar, dissolve with sufficient water to make a syrup; add 1 ounce powdered strychnine, stir thoroughly until a thin paste is formed. Pour this on the damp wheat. Stir thoroughly for at least 15 minutes. Add 1 pint powdered sugar, stir; add 5 to 10 drops of rhodium and 5 to 10 drops of oil of anise-seed. Place a few grains in each squirrel-hole, putting it as far in as possible.
2. Dissolve 11/2 ounces of strychnia sulfate in a quart of hot water. Add a quart of molasses, — molasses, sorghum, or thick sugar and water, — and a teaspoonful of oil of anise. Thoroughly heat and mix the liquid. While hot pour it over a bushel of clean wheat and mix completely. Then stir in two or more pounds of fine corn-meal. The quantity of corn-meal will depend on the quantity of extra moisture present. There should be enough to wet every grain of the wheat, and no more. Let the poisoned grain stand over night, and distribute it in the early morning of a bright day. A tablespoonful is placed near the mouth of the burrow, scattered in two or three little piles. The best time to use this or other poisons is in early spring, when the ground-squirrels are hungry from their winter fast, and when the destruction of the old ones before the young are born will greatly lessen the numbers of the pests.
3. Bisulfid of carbon is also largely used. A small quantity is poured into the burrow, and the hole is immediately closed securely with dirt.
4. Tying newspapers about trees in such manner as to allow the upper part of the paper to project loosely a few inches frightens the squirrels away.