All Things Gardening forum: something is eating my fruit

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sonya87
Mar 30, 2018 5:05 PM CST
so I have a very large old grape vine in my front yard & several fruit trees in thẻ side yard. I believe they are plums but could be peachs. any how, we can't get any fruit off of them. something gets every single bit of it right before it gets ripe. I'm not sure what is eating it but we have lots of birds, oppossums, and racoons. not a lot of squirrel or rabbits though. my question is does anyone have any ideas in how to get thế animals to at least leave a little fruit for us?
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tofitropic
Mar 31, 2018 7:28 PM CST
I have the same issue with you, different critters. lots and lots of civet (they eat many fruits, and chicken if available), squirrels, tree shrews, bats, birds, monkeys and other...
For land base animals we cover/wrap the base of trees with aluminum sheet or hard plastic sheet for about 50 cm length, this will create barrier for climbing animals such as racoon, as it will hinder them when climbing. Effective here in tropic, for papaya, durians etc, but not effective for tree jumpers like squirrels, or fliers like bats and birds.
For squirrels, we use trap to control their population if they are too many. I used cage trap, so that the trapped animals stay alive and be released if needed, you do not want to use poison as it could kill endangered species.
for big fruits such as jack fruit, sour-sop, guava or bunches like longan and rambutans we wrap the fruits with paper/plastic or woven-bamboo bag, this will protect from most critters, but surely take lots of efforts especially on a big tree
How ever it all worth the efforts, at least you get some fruit , and I believes other have their own tricks...
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plantmanager
Mar 31, 2018 7:37 PM CST
I used to live in the Marshall Islands, Tofi, and we used pretty much the same things you do to save the fruit. There are so many critters that want that fruit! I have pretty much the same problem here in NM. We are going to soon have a high fence to keep out the deer, feral pigs, rabbits, etc. If birds are too much of a problem, we'll put netting over the top of the area. There's not much we can do to keep out squirrels, chipmunks or rodents. They climb over nearly everything. :(
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