How to Keep a Squirrel Out of My Fruit Tree
You are probably wondering how to keep a squirrel out of your fruit tree, and there are many different ways you can do so. Here are a few methods you can try:
The first thing you should know about keeping birds from eating your fruit is that bird netting works. This thin plastic netting can be easily purchased at home improvement centers. Once draped over your fruit tree, it weighs almost nothing. Unfortunately, this type of bird netting can catch on branches and leaves. It will not prevent birds from getting to the fruit on the outside, but it will keep them from gnawing through it.
One effective way to keep squirrels away from your fruit trees is to sprinkle cayenne pepper on their leaves. You can mix cayenne pepper with a few drops of dish soap and water to create a repellent spray. Sprinkle the mixture on the leaves of your trees after every rain or after the squirrels leave. This repellent works effectively for up to a couple weeks, but you will have to reapply it to maintain its effectiveness.
Owl and hawk baits
For an additional layer of protection, you can buy fake snakes and scarecrows. They can also deter birds. These owl and hawk baits are effective. If none of these solutions works, you can also try hanging a fake snake or owl from your fruit tree. Alternatively, you can place an owl collar around the first few branches of the fruit tree to keep squirrels and birds away.
You don’t need to purchase a wind chime to scare squirrels off your fruit tree. A simple CD aluminum plate will do the trick. When they are shaken, the plates emit sound and reflect sunlight. This is enough to scare off most squirrels. If you don’t want to purchase a wind chime, you can hang a wind chimney instead.
If you have a fruit tree and want to protect it from squirrels, there are a few simple ways to do so. One way is to make a potent repellent that can ward off the squirrels without harming your trees. This repellent will work best if it is applied regularly. Using chili peppers alone may not work well because the birds will develop a tolerance for the scent. Another method is to buy a squirrel baffle to keep the animals from climbing up your tree.
Owl and hawk decoys
Using a fake owl or hawk decoy can help prevent squirrels from accessing your garden. Place them five feet apart in different locations around the yard, including near food sources. You can also use cayenne pepper to drive squirrels away from your bird feeders. Although the capsaicin in the pepper does not affect birds, it repels squirrels. Another method to keep squirrels from your garden is to spray a strong smelling peppermint oil. This repels squirrels and owls, which will likely leave the area once they smell it.
While keeping a squirrel out of your fruit tree can be a challenge, there are ways to prevent it. These methods include hanging bags of hair from your tree, which is a cute and playful way to frighten away squirrels. You can also place decoy predators around your fruit tree, such as plastic owls, hawks, scarecrows, and snakes.
Prune trees to prevent critters from eating fruit
To discourage rats from living in your fruit tree, you should regularly prune it. Rats prefer higher places. Try to separate the trees by spacing them at least two feet apart. If you can’t remove the rat problem altogether, try moving some of the trees to make sure that they are not touching. Rats can easily run from one tree to the next if there are branches touching. When you prune, remember to trim the tree’s top two feet to make sure that the rat does not climb up it.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.