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Bakersfield, ca
Laikasv
Jan 20, 2021 4:45 PM CST
Hello
Need help. I have something that eat my oranges by night
Oranges still on the tree, big hole and all fruits are eaten , only the skin left
How can I get read of this unwanted guest?
Thanks anne
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Name: GERALD
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IntheHotofTexas
Jan 20, 2021 5:20 PM CST
At nights, likely possums, racoons, and maybe rats. Any number of birds eat citrus, but I think the mammals are more likely at night. I kept the possums and coons out of my peaches by placing a coffee can with a rag as a wick and an inch of ammonia in the can at the base of the tree. I can only think that it smells to them like predator pee. At any rate, they left the peach trees alone.

If you really want to know, buy or borrow a game camera and see who's doing it. Many hunters will have one they can loan you.
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Port Orchard, WA (Zone 8b)
BrooklynStart
Jan 20, 2021 5:27 PM CST
I would guess a rodent. If it is a rodent, try putting rat/mice traps at bottom of tree with a piece of an orange near future he base of he tree. Brother-in-law had roof rats eating pieces of fruit from his trash can, he tried cheese in trap without success. I hold him to use a strawberry, next morning one dead rat. Also, you could install a rat guard (similar to those used on coconut trees) around the trunk and make sure that branches do not come close to the ground or near something a rodent can climb on and then jump to the tree.
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DaisyI
Jan 20, 2021 5:41 PM CST
Cool! You have see any orange birds in your yard? It could be orioles - we had them nesting in the palm trees and eating the oranges when we lived in California Central Valley. Or rats. Look for "poop" on the ground or on the leaves under the eaten fruits.
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plantladylin
Jan 20, 2021 5:56 PM CST
When googling, I found this statement at a Univ. of Ca site" Growing Citrus in Kern County":

Question: "The fruit is still hanging on the tree but something has eaten the rind off of my lemons or hallowed out the oranges leaving only the rind."
Answer: "The likely culprits are roof rats. This problem is most common in the older areas of Bakersfield with mature trees, ivy, woodpiles and plenty of hiding places. Rat traps wired high in the tree (peanut butter or bacon make good baits) have been effective control agents. However, care must be taken in the use of traps to ensure that birds, pets or people are not harmed. Cleaning up trash, removing wood piles, pruning vegetation, and boarding up access ports into attics or garages will remove rat habitat and decrease the damage.
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Laikasv
Jan 20, 2021 8:06 PM CST
Thank you Thank You! Thank You!
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ourlawns
Jan 21, 2021 11:43 AM CST
Whomever it was, they must have had fun!
My guess was racoons or squirrels, depending on the are where you live :).
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DaisyI
Jan 21, 2021 4:25 PM CST
Obviously none of you have Orioles. Smiling
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SoCalGardenNut
Jan 21, 2021 4:38 PM CST
I think it's some kind of birds from the shape of the hole.
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plantladylin
Jan 21, 2021 5:56 PM CST
I know that Orioles eat Oranges and I know there are at least one species of Oriole in California but I didn't think they fed at night. Shrug!
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BigBill
Jan 21, 2021 7:06 PM CST
Orioles don't feed at night. Nor do they clean out an orange that completely. I would suspect opposum or some other kind of animal.

The orioles actually feed rather daintily. They eat only the most tender part of the orange. They leave those rather thin, fibrous dividing things uneaten. I was amazed at how much they left from an orange half.
I donated about 6 dozen oranges this May and June.
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DaisyI
Jan 21, 2021 7:35 PM CST
Laikasv said:
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Like this? Smiling
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BigBill
Jan 21, 2021 8:11 PM CST
They would leave more then that. I was thinking of a way to better describe it but it might be that they kind of push stuff to the side.
But within the confines of an orange, nothing goes anywhere.
They might actually leave, minus the peel, more then half of the orange behind.
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Jan 21, 2021 8:16 PM CST

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