How to Keep Squirrels Out of My Peach Tree

Overview

If you have ever seen a bunch of massacred peaches on the ground or discovered bites taken out of the fruit still on the tree, you know that squirrels are nearby. Not only do squirrels make a mess, but they ruin peaches that have not even had the chance to ripen. Fortunately, solutions to this problem do exist. By using a combination of tactics, keep squirrels out of your peach tree to ensure that you have a successful harvest.

Step 1

Trim the branches of your peach tree away from fences, garages or other areas that give squirrels access to your tree.

Step 2

Wrap sheet metal that is at least 2 feet wide and 4 to 6 feet away from the ground around the trunk of your tree. Squirrels cannot climb up this slippery material.

Step 3

Hang bags of human or dog hair from the limbs of your tree. These predator scents help deter squirrels. Additionally, hang mothballs near large groups of peaches because the squirrels detest this smell.

Step 4

Spray a squirrel repellent solution (available at garden centers and hardware stores) on your peach tree. Sprays typically contain fox urine, which scares squirrels away, and capsaicin--a chile pepper ingredient that squirrels do not like the taste of.

Step 5

Consider getting a cat or dog to chase the squirrels away when they enter your property.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Sheet metal
  • Human or dog hair
  • Mothballs
  • Squirrel repellent spray
  • Cat or dog (optional)

References

  • Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management: Tree Squirrels
  • University of Missouri Extension: Tree Squirrels: Managing Habitat and Controlling Damage

Who Can Help

  • Colorado State University: Animal Pests in the Garden
Keywords: peach tree care, keep squirrels out of peach tree, tree squirrel management

About this Author

Jenny Glass has been writing professionally since 2001 and is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. In addition to writing for Demand Studios, she has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" and runs her own art glass business.