How to Stop Animals From Eating Blueberries

Overview

Blueberries are a savory summer treat that are high on the antioxidant totem pole and delicious in desserts, baked goods, cereals and salads. Many people prefer to eat them raw, as do animals. In fact, many dogs love blueberries and will help themselves to them if they're within their proximity. While your pet may not significantly impact your blueberry yield, other animals doing the same may leave you with a bare blueberry bush--and dashed hopes for a harvest the next year.

Use Hair

Step 1

Obtain dog or human hair. If you have a pet dog, you can trim some of his hair or you can go to a pet groomer. A hair salon is another great place to get hair. Most salons have had requests for hair before so don't feel awkward.

Step 2

Using a hammer, drive the garden stakes into the ground within 4 to 5 feet of the blueberry bushes.

Step 3

Using a pantyhose stocking, take a handful of hair and stuff it into the end of the stocking.

Step 4

Tie a knot in the stocking, then tie one end of the fishing line to the knot.

Step 5

Tie the other end to one of the ground stakes and secure by tying a knot in the end.

Step 6

Sprinkle any excess hair around the blueberry bush.

Homemade Pepper Spray

Step 1

Purchase 8 oz. of hot peppers from the grocery store or local farmer's market.

Step 2

Place peppers in a medium-sized pot and cover with water.

Step 3

Set the pot on a stove over medium heat and allow peppers to come to a boil. Once peppers reach a boil, reduce heat and allow peppers to simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Step 4

Strain peppers using a strainer. Discard peppers and retain water.

Step 5

Transfer water to a spray bottle and spray the pepper solution generously around the blueberry bushes. This will deter animals from making contact with the blueberry bush; however, this may not work well if birds are your primary problem.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gloves whenever you are working with hot peppers to avoid getting burnt from the pepper resin.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog or human hair
  • Stockings
  • Fishing line cut in 12-inch lengths
  • Hammer
  • Garden stakes
  • 8 oz. hot peppers
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Stove
  • Strainer
  • Spray bottle
  • Gloves

References

  • University of Missouri Extension: The Berry Basket
  • North Dakota State University Extension: Hortiscope
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Blueberries for Home Landscapes

Who Can Help

  • Ohio State University: Reducing Bird & Other Wildlife Damage in Berries & Grapes
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About this Author

Patricia Hill is a freelance writer who contributes to several sites and organizations, including eHow, Associated Content, Break Studios and various private sectors. She also contributes to the online magazine, Orato.com.