Squirrels and apples

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juvenal

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Squirrels and apples
« on: October 18, 2016, 22:46 »
Yesterday I had 60 mostly ripe Falstaff apples on a dwarf tree on my plot. The best crop ever. Some of the fruit individually almost a pound in weight.

This morning 6 of the darkest red apples had been severely damaged by squirrels. A quarter eaten.

The only solution.

This afternoon I picked 90% of the ripest ones and took them home.

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8doubles

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Re: Squirrels and apples
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2016, 09:32 »
Are you sure it was squirrels , 6 x a quarter apple seems a lot for one night.

Bambi maybe ?

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Fairy Plotmother

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Re: Squirrels and apples
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2016, 10:21 »
Yesterday I saw parakeets tucking into apples on the tree!

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Lardman

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Re: Squirrels and apples
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2016, 11:19 »
My money would be on the birds too - especially if its the most ripe and most red apples. 
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Re: Squirrels and apples
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2016, 13:39 »
Squirrels eat my apples and annoyingly take a bite from one and then move on to the next.

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juvenal

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Re: Squirrels and apples
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2016, 20:23 »
Squirrels definitely. Teeth marks were unmistakable. Probably more than one of the little devils.

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Re: Squirrels and apples
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2016, 11:15 »
I've lost a lot apples and pears to squirrels previously but sine I started using balloons things have improved.
Blow up a few and stick some broken up nuts on them (I use a blob of honey)  and tie them in among the fruit, squirrel climbs on and Bang - squirrel runs. I have also used water filled ones which are also effective.

No squirrels were actually physically harmed during this experiment.

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Re: Squirrels and apples
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2020, 13:49 »
Brilliant!

I lost nearly all of my apples and pears to squirrels last year. Four young trees in all. About 10 - 15kg fruit.

They know exactly when to go for them and they take the fruit away. I know its not people the garden is people proof and the weeds around the trees are not trampled.

I shall try this, this year!

Thank you



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