DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents

For 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! :)


Total Time: 45 minutes


  • cardboard tubes from toilet paper
  • aluminum foil
  • sturdy string
  • hole punch or icepick
  • clear plastic bottles
  • dowels or straws


  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. Punch holes near one end of the tube so string can go through all the way.
  3. Thread string through the holes. You can do one per string hanger or multiple for big trees.
  4. Tie a double knot in the end. This is ready for hanging.
  5. For the bottle type deterrent, take a dowel or straw and wrap foil around it.
  6. Insert the rolled foil into the bottle, then gently pull the dowel out so just the rolled foil is inside the bottle.
  7. Sturdily tie string around the bottle neck and double knot the end. This is ready for hanging.
  8. String these on your fruit trees. For bigger trees, we used a long tree branch to hook the deterrents up high.
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