Home Protection: Monkey-Proofing

I never imagined that “home safety and protection” could include protection from monkeys. Although, come to think of it, when I was a child, I had a shock when the neighbours called out to us from their fence to tell us that there was an intruder in our garden – an iguana! It was huge and it looked like a crocodile. That was probably my first encounter with intruders of the non-human kind.

Recently, a whole family of monkeys has been wandering around our neighbourhood looking for food. I was tasked with finding a way to keep the monkeys away without harming them, so I googled and found out that monkeys are afraid of snakes. Oh great! I am more afraid of snakes than monkeys. An idea came to mind. I will look for a green rubber snake, and I knew just the place that might have it. Yes, Daiso. I bought two. I had to soak them in water overnight. They grew and looked quite real. We left one snake on a balcony and another one in the garden. The monkeys didn’t come back for a while. The gardeners came and thought that the one in the garden was real, and they had a discussion about what to do with it. We forgot to tell them about it, fortunately, one of the gardeners realised that it didn’t have a head (the rubber had disintegrated).

In the unlikely event that you should have to deal with an invasion of monkeys, remember that green rubber snakes are a good and inexpensive means to keep them from coming back.

By Chayo, Homskil Editor 1, 17 January 2021

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