[NAFEX] Cherry Tree Lunacy
Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Sat Jun 9 21:06:36 EDT 2007
Did you specifically try rodent repellants, or more generic animal
repellants? I should probably have the repellant on my trees, and a
squirrel feeder elsewhere, I just don't like these guys enough to feed them.
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of William C. Garthright
Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2007 5:51 PM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Cherry Tree Lunacy
> This year I'm determined to get just a few ripe cherries off of our 15'
Schmidt's Biggereau cherry tree. The raccoons, squirrels, and birds love
this tree, and all I get is to clean up cherry pits on the ground.
> I've hung a dozen pie tins in the tree, and put a aluminum flashing guard
over the trunk to try to keep the raccoons out of it.
I have no problem with raccoons, luckily, but I've never had any luck
keeping birds off my fruit except with netting (and even then, they'll
beat at it or sit on it to get to any berry they can stretch to reach).
I've tried fake owls and snakes, moved around every day, flashing strips
of aluminum, and everything else I can think of. Then I watch the birds
fly up, sit and look at my exhibits for a few minutes, and quickly
decide to ignore them.
Squirrels are another problem. They're very, very good at sneaking
through bird netting. I thought maybe they'd chew through it, but they
just find the edges and squeeze past. None of the animal repellents I've
used seems to affect them in the slightest. Maybe if the tree is big
enough, and isolated enough, tanglefoot on the trunk might help. But I
suspect they'd just jump over it.
Although the history of science contains numerous examples of an
investigator's expectations clouding his or her vision and judgment, the
most serious of these abuses are overcome by the discipline's insistence
on replicability and the public presentation of results. - "How We Know
What Isn't So" by Thomas Gilovich
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