DIY Foil Garden Pest Deterrents

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Be sure animals don't eat all your harvest. Use aluminum foil to create shapes that will scare off birds and other pests from your fruit trees.


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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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July 14, 20191 found this helpful

Why do the foil creations work when CD's did not work. Doesn't make sense to me, but good to have the info.

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July 15, 20191 found this helpful

I wish I had an answer for you but it's really just trial and error on my part. My husband was wondering if many they are "immune" to the CDs since everyone tends to hang them?


These are less round and super shiny and could look like other animals with their length and less high flare.

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July 21, 20190 found this helpful

How does that help with the insects we had two plum trees of some sort and the insects got the small one and something else killed the big one

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August 6, 20190 found this helpful

Maybe adding aluminum foil over the CD's would work better because of the different/crinkled texture you would have compared to the smooth CD. Just a thought.

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