Squirrel Control: How to Prevent Squirrels from Eating Fruit Trees
If your yard is home to fruit trees along with a healthy squirrel population, squirrel control is necessary if you're going to beat your furry friends to the fruit. Here's how.
Step 1 - Pie Plates
Aluminum pie plates can be used for squirrel control on apple trees. Pierce each pie plate near the edge and thread thin twine through the metal. Begin to tie them to the branches of the apple tree until you have a pie plate hanging close to each of the fruit-bearing branches. The reflective aluminum will keep the squirrels allowing your fruit to ripen unmolested by the squirrels.
Step 2 - Mothballs
Take one mothball and put it in the leg of an old pair of pantyhose. Cut the stocking at the knee and tie to one of the branches of the tree. To be effective you need several mothballs hung like this around the tree, with more around the base of the tree. This proves to be a very simple and effective form of squirrel control. Begin this early in the season and be prepared to replace the mothballs every month, as they diminish in size and potency.