How to Keep Birds From Eating the Fruit in the Orchard


Our feathered friends can help to keep an orchard cleaned up of fallen fruit, but they can also be a nuisance when they peck holes in the apples, pears, plums and peaches that you have been eagerly waiting to eat and turn into pies and jam. Several different types of products are available for humanely deterring birds from your fruit trees--from netting, which will keep birds away from the tree, to artificial animals such as owls and snakes, you can save your harvest from marauding birds with a number of creative methods.

Step 1

Cover your trees with netting specially designed for fruit trees. If your trees are very tall, you might seek another method for controlling birds because it can be difficult to cover the high branches.

Step 2

Set up a scarecrow or two. If birds think that a human is present, they will stay away. Be sure to move your scarecrow frequently because birds are smart enough to figure out that it's a fake if you leave it in the same location for long periods of time.

Step 3

Tie flash tape to several branches of each tree. The wind will cause this tape to make noise as it flutters, and the reflections that it creates are effective in scaring birds. Streamers that are 2 feet long are best for fruit trees.

Step 4

Place several artificial creatures such as snakes and owls in your orchard. These are natural predators of birds, and the flying pests will stay away from areas where they see them. Move them around from time to time so the birds will not become wise to the fact that they are not real.

Step 5

Introduce a cat or two into your orchard. Although cats can, and do, kill birds, their presence can scare birds away. If you feed your cat in the orchard, it will want to remain in that area much of the day.

Things You'll Need

  • Netting
  • Scarecrow(s)
  • Flash tape
  • Artificial owl(s)
  • Artificial snake(s)
  • Cat(s)


  • Arbico Organics
Keywords: fruit trees, birds orchard, deterring pests

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hiā€˜iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Barbara wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, and She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.