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Beginner Gardening: squirrels and my apples

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Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2012
8:13 PM

Post #9267602

Is there a product I can spray on my apples that will deter squirrels so I can eat just a few?!
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2012
8:25 PM

Post #9267608

If you only want to save a few you might try putting bird netting around a few of the branches. I use it over the top of the soil in containers to keep them from digging in them and planting nuts so I would think it would keep them out of the apples too. Might not be practical to do it over the whole tree, but if you're willing to share the apples you could probably save some of them that way.
Berkeley, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2012
8:59 PM

Post #9267627

Actually, I do want more than a few. It was my attempt to be funny. I do want a product keeping most of the apples!
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 6, 2012
9:15 PM

Post #9267635

I don't know of any sprays unfortunately--I would think most things you could spray on them to repel squirrels would not be something you'd want to eat afterwards. Maybe hot pepper spray and wash the apples really, really thoroughly when you pick them?
Niles, MI
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2012
1:20 AM

Post #9267693

1 qt spray bottle, 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce, 1/2 teas dish soap, mix well and spray the apples. Will wash off, but the little critters hate it. I have used this for many years, in the garden and on the bird feeders. they learn quickly!!!!!!! Just reapply if it rains.

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