Scare Away the Birds and Rodents: Smart birds in Phoenix AZ

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Scare Away the Birds and Rodents

By threegardeners
April 29, 2012

Hang empty aluminium pie plates around your vegetable garden to deter birds and rodents.

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Apr 28, 2012 7:10 PM CST
I've never tried pie tins but I have tried used and broken, shiny CDs.

My peach tree was bearing fruit beginning to ripen. When I saw that the birds were beginning to notice I hung the CDs from the small tree. About 10 CDs for a tree about 6ft tall. In three days exactly the birds decided the threat was benign. I then covered the tree entirely, even to the base, with netting. The birds were unable to reach the ripening fruit and so was I! I then cut several slits in the netting so I could reach in and harvest my peaches. Soon the birds saw the slits, used them as swing doors, in and out, and my fruit was destroyed in a day. Grumbling

My tomatoes are soon to turn red and I'm going to net those plants ... with no slits Whistling
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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Apr 29, 2012 6:06 PM CST
Hilarious!
I wonder if racoons would steal pie tins (and cds).
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Apr 29, 2012 10:50 PM CST
Well, I actually had a mature raccoon lift the lid off of my metal trash can like a little kid would. In fact when I saw it happen I thought it was a kid... didn't have my glasses on! I threw my shoe at it and it just looked at me like I was a flea.

My friend had a pet raccoon for a few years... I wasn't afraid of it and this one wasn't afraid of me. Not good.
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