Keeping Squirrels Out of Fruit Trees

I just landscaped my backyard and added about 5 fruit trees. First I noticed all the pomegranate blossoms and one small fruit on the ground one morning. Then I was admiring the Asian pear on my tree and the next day it was gone. There was a slight hole under the tree like it was dug away. Lots of gardenia blossoms were also on the ground, but those may be from overwatering.


I do have squirrels visiting my yard cause I feed the birds and they try to get at that food. Any good ways to keep my fruit away from them? I spent a lot of time and money on the yard and was looking forward to the fruit.

By Barb

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August 29, 20111 found this helpful
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The only thing I have found that works to keep my fruit for myself from the squirrels is to grow hot peppers. Make hot pepper sauce with water from them and spray that on the trees. The pepper burns their mouth and they leave it alone but have to add it every couple of weeks. Sometimes I add a little Murphy's oil soap to the mix and that helps too. This was the first year I actually got all my peaches.

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful

Does it effect the taste of the peaches? I have a fig tree so I'm wondering if the hot sauce would effect the taste even if I were to wash them.

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

I am also wondering if the hot pepper spray affects the taste of the fruit.

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August 24, 20112 found this helpful

Invest in a pellet gun.

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July 13, 20160 found this helpful

That's what we have done as well. We tried everything including have a heart traps. Nothing is working. As of right now..we use the pellet gun and we plant the trees in pots and keep them on the deck.


They won't go on the deck and we have an Irish Setter puppy that loves to eat Squirrels. Lol

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