Squirrels are intelligent, quick and hungry rodents that have adapted well to living near humans. From nesting in attics to dining on neighborhood fruit trees, they can be an unwanted and potentially dangerous pest. When dealing with squirrels, an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.
Remove all apple tree branches below 6 feet off the ground or are within 10 feet of a roof or another tree.
Lock all trash cans with locking lids to prevent tempting squirrels with tidbits from your kitchen.
Place a 12-inch piece of sheet metal around the apple tree's trunk roughly 5 feet from the ground. The metal surface scares the squirrels because it is shiny and prevents them from climbing farther up the tree's trunk because it is too slippery.
Scare squirrels out of the yard with a squirrel hunting dog such as a hound or terrier.
Create an undesirable eating environment by stringing nylon knee highs filled with moth balls near each fruit-producing limb.
Kill any encroaching squirrels with a gun if you live where firearms may be used freely.