Squirrels and Pluots

Our yard has oak trees and fruit trees, and oak trees have acorns that attract squirrels, so every year there’s a contest between us and the squirrels about who will get most of the fruit. Last year the squirrels won — they got almost all the fruit. Pluots are the the next fruit to ripen in our backyard. Pluots are a cross between a plum and an apricot. Shown above, we wrapped the pluots in paper, thinking that it would discourage the squirrels. But we were wrong — we saw a squirrel in the pluot tree, and a pluot was missing.

Hope springs eternal, and we always hope that our latest measure will protect the fruit from the squirrels. The squirrels always find a way, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking that next time, we’ll get it right.

First we wrapped cardboard around the tree trunk to stop the squirrels from climbing up. Then we wrapped the fruit in paper. This is when we saw the squirrel in the tree and found an empty paper, so we now know this wasn’t effective.

Our latest scheme is shown below. We wrap a net around the tree, hanging the net from a PVC frame and wrapping the bottom of the net around the tree trunk. This has held for the past two days: no squirrels sighted in the tree, and no fruit missing. The bottom of the net is wrapped and off the ground, so the squirrels can’t bite through the net. We’ll see how long this keeps the squirrels at bay.

net wrapped around a pluot tree
net wrapped around a pluot tree

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