Squirrels Eat Peaches - Knowledgebase Question

Athol, MA
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Question by wplaford
April 19, 1998
We have a dwarf peach tree. It produced fruit for the first time last year. Before the peaches ripened, a squirrel ate them all. Can we spray or do anything to the tree that won't affect the fruit but will keep the little buggers away?

Answer from NGA
April 19, 1998
How about covering the tree with bird netting? You'll have to secure it around the trunk so the squirrels can't get in. That's the only thing I can think of that won't affect fruit quality. Depending on how low the lowest branches are, you could wrap a wide metal band around the trunk, just as the fruit is ripening. That would prohibit squirrels from climbing the trunk. If the lowest branches are within squirrel jumping distance--or if there are other trees around that the squirrels could jump from, it wouldn't help. I'd try the netting.

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