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DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents


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DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - deterrents in a fruit treeFor several years, most of our big fruit trees were being attacked by squirrels, birds, rodents, raccoons, and insects. Deterrent sprays did not work. Hanging shiny CDs barely helped at all. Finally, we tried this foil method and we have all of our fruit intact and growing at extremely rapid rates. Anyone need nectarines? We can't keep up! :)

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Total Time: 45 minutes

Supplies:

  • cardboard tubes from toilet paper
  • aluminum foil
  • sturdy string
  • hole punch or icepick
  • clear plastic bottles
  • dowels or straws
DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. For tube type deterrents, take a piece of aluminum foil larger than a toilet paper tube and wrap it completely. Tuck in the ends.
  2. DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - cover TP roll with foil
     
  3. Punch holes near one end of the tube so string can go through all the way.
  4. DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - punch holes at one end for the string
     
  5. Thread string through the holes. You can do one per string hanger or multiple for big trees.
  6. DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - thread the string through the holes
     
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  7. Tie a double knot in the end. This is ready for hanging.
  8. DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - tie a double knot in the end and it is ready to hang
     
  9. For the bottle type deterrent, take a dowel or straw and wrap foil around it.
  10. DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - for the bottle type deterrent wrap foil around a dowel or straw
     
  11. Insert the rolled foil into the bottle, then gently pull the dowel out so just the rolled foil is inside the bottle.
  12. DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - insert the foil covered dowel into the bottle and remove the dowel leaving the foil
     
  13. Sturdily tie string around the bottle neck and double knot the end. This is ready for hanging.
  14. DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - tie string around the neck of the bottle and double know the ends and it is ready to hang
     
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  15. String these on your fruit trees. For bigger trees, we used a long tree branch to hook the deterrents up high.
  16. DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents - use a tree branch to hook the deterrents in taller trees
     
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