The Q&A Archives: Squirrel Control

Question: I lose all the pecans off my tree each year to squirrels. They cut them out before they ripen. Is there any thing that I can make or purchase that will keep the squirrels out of my tree?

Answer: Squirrels are cute but marauding little critters! The only practical way of preventing them from stealing your pecans is to prevent them from getting into the tree. If there are no nearby trees or power lines from which they could jump into the pecan tree's canopy, you may have a chance.

You can trim all low hanging limbs up to about 4 feet off the ground to prevent the squirrels from jumping into the tree. Then place a piece of metal flashing around the trunk extending outward in a downward cone shape. The metal should extend out about 18" from the trunk. This metal attachment will appear similar to the collar the veterinarian puts around a dog's neck to keep it from scratching its ears.

Place the metal collar about 4 feet off the ground to prevent them from jumping from the ground to the trunk above it.

Good luck with those squirrels and thanks for the question!

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