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Readers Respond: How to Keep Squirrels from Raiding Your Fruit & Nut Trees

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Squirrels just seem to know when to it's time to raid your fruit and nut trees. They are experts at getting to our harvests the day before we plan to do it ourselves. How have you outwitted squirrels? If you've had some success keeping squirrels from stealing the fruits right off your trees, please, please, please let us know what you did.

Uk squirrel traps

Don't trap and release squirrels in the uk - it is illegal as they are classed as vermin!
—Guest Jojo

Old Wives Tale

Affixed vile of fox urine to peach tree. Next day all the peaches were gone. Fox urine as a deterrent is a waste of money.
—Guest tom

Whatever it Takes

I'm with indyvic, shoot the hairy rats, but in my case more is required. Maybe try trapping cages, scarecrows, poisoned seeds, etc in addition. They are out of control!
—Guest bubba

Squirrel, Deer & Rabbit Deterrent

Mix one pkg. egg yoke egg beaters with a gallon of water and spray everything and it will keep them all away.
—Guest Bud Wheeler

Trap and Re-Locate

use a live trap and bring them out in the country at least 10 miles away otherwise they will be back before you know it. [Note: Mama squirrels will travel a long way to get back to their babies. Also, check with your local Extension or Dept. of Environmental Protection to find out what animals can be relocated.]
—Guest richard veldstra

LOAFING

EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF TOWN-THERE ARE ENGLISH WALNUT TREES EVERYWHERE-GREAT FOR SQUIRRELS--NOT GREAT FOR MY FRUIT TREES. HAD A NABOR WHO PUT OUT A HUMANE CAGE, CAUGHT AND TOOK THE DARN CRITTERS OUT TO THE COUNTRY.
—Guest CLAUDIA

Stop squirrels from stealing plums

I have started harvesting my plums just before they turn red and let them ripen fully in a bag with a ripe apple indoors to prevent squirrels from stealing them.
—Guest Randall

Garlic

I have recently lost five plants due to squirrel invasion and finally decided to do something I heard from grandparents, and cover my plants soil with old garlic cloves cut and chopped THEY HATE THE SMELL OF THEM...so far it is working, lost gladiolla, tomatoe, strawberry, they ate anything in site
—Guest benny

Birdfeeders

I have dwarf apple trees that have proven to be easy pickings for our squirrel population. My best solution has been to hang a birdfeeder filled with sunflower seeds nearby and keep it full. Fruit damage has been minimized.
—savimember

Shoot Them

shot them with a pellet gun. this is the very best way to ride your propery of these hairy rats.
—Guest indyvic
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