green match ended yesterday, trash match ended today, 0-0 for both…should I go into playoffs? See also game stats and conclusions

game stats and conclusions

OK, so even though they say that there are lies, damned lies, and then there are statistics, I’ll do some number crunching on the scores from my friendly competition with Mr. Racoon.  Please see my previous post, game on, for an explanation of this competition.

The green bin was out with waste in it for a total of 21 nights.  Of those nights, the racoon successfully opened the green bin on 2 of those nights.  It knocked over the bin, but didn’t get at the waste on 4 additional nights.  The racoon visited a total of 6 nights.  The nights that the racoon was successful, I had forgotten to secure the green bin lid with bungee cords;  on each night that I was successful, I had remembered the bungee cords.

It’s interesting to note that the garbage can (which I store right next to the green bin) had trash in it on 4 of the 6 days the racoon visited, but the racoon only attempted to get at the contents of the garbage can on one of those 4 days.  That was the racoon’s only attempt at getting at the trash in the garbage can (compared to 6 attempts in total for the green bin).  Also, the garbage can had trash in it for a total of 24 nights (3 nights more than the green bin), and the garbage was there longer…a record of 12 days without the racoon showing interest in it.

In conclusion, if I divert organic waste to the green bin, the racoon likewise diverts its attention from the regular garbage can.

Do you use the green bin?  Have you noticed a similar drop-off in any pest’s interest in the non-recyclable trash?

 

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the raw data:

Green Game

  • Match 1:  Start Apr. 15, 2012  ran 3 nights, score:  0-0    
  • Match 2: Start Apr. 20, 2012  ran 6 nights, score:  Racoon 1, Me 0 
  • Match 3: Start Apr. 27, 2012   ran 6 nights, score:  Racoon 1, Me 2 (Mr. Racoon attempted to get in the bin twice in one day, but I’m only counting that as one of my points)     
  • Match 4: Start May 7, 2012    ran 2 nights, score:  Racoon 0, Me 2
  • Match 5: Start May 12, 2012  ran 4 nights, score:  Racoon 0, Me 0                              

Trash Game

  • Match 1:   Start Apr. 15, 2012  ran 3 nights, score: 0-0
  • Match 2:   Start Apr. 20, 2012  ran 13 nights, score: Racoon 1, Me 0 (Mr. Racoon didn’t score a point until the last day)
  • Match 3:   Start May 9, 2012    ran 8 nights, score: 0-0

…from yesterday…Racoon 1, Me 2

Yesterday, for the first time, I saw Mr. Racoon trying to get into the green bin in broad daylight.  It was so unusual that one of my neighbours got out his camera. 

Mr. Racoon couldn’t get into the bin, so he started pulling stuff out of the garbage can through a hole in the cover.  I gotta remember to get out the duct tape to fix it. 

Then in the evening he knocked down the green bin a second time in the same day, but he was thwarted again by the bungee cords.

Racoon 1, Me 0

Yesterday, Mr. Racoon paid me a visit.  I had forgotten to lock the green bin with bungee cords this week, so the racoon tipped it over and was noshing on the contents by the time I got outside.  The funny thing is that the bin had food waste in it for a few days, without any visitors.  I have been putting the waste in a sturdy paper bag in the green bin…maybe the bag had been containing any smells and maybe I didn’t close the bag well enough yesterday?

game on!

The neighbourhood raccoons, squirrels and flies’ love affair with my garbage predates the green bin program.  I’m starting to outsmart them. 

For the next five weeks, I’ll keep track of how successful I am with keeping pests out of the garbage can and green bin–I keep both receptacles outdoors.  Sometimes they stay empty for days after garbage pickup.  The day that I first put garbage in the receptacle, it’s game on.  If the animal tries to get at the garbage, but wasn’t successful:  one point for me.  If the animal, usually racoon, gets into the garbage:  one point for Raccoon.  I can potentially have two games running at once:  Green Bin Game and Garbage Can Game, but they won’t always start and stop at the same time.  When I put the bin or can to the road, the match ends. 

Starting April 15th, 2012,  it’s game on for the green bin and the garbage (trash) can.  I’ll keep a running tally on this page, with updates on Twitter.

Green Game

  • Match 1:  Start Apr. 15, 2012  ran 3 nights, score:  0-0    
  • Match 2: Start Apr. 20, 2012  ran 6 nights, score:  Racoon 1, Me 0 
  • Match 3: Start Apr. 27, 2012   ran 6 nights, score:  Racoon 1, Me 2 (Mr. Racoon attempted to get in the bin twice in one day, but I’m only counting that as one of my points)     
  • Match 4: Start May 7, 2012    ran 2 nights, score:  Racoon 0, Me 2
  • Match 5: Start May 12, 2012  ran 4 nights, score:  Racoon 0, Me 0                              

Trash Game

  • Match 1:   Start Apr. 15, 2012  ran 3 nights, score: 0-0
  • Match 2:   Start Apr. 20, 2012  ran 13 nights, score: Racoon 1, Me 0 (Mr. Racoon didn’t score a point until the last day)
  • Match 3:   Start May 9, 2012    ran 8 nights, score: 0-0