[NAFEX] 'Tree Tanglefoot' sticky wax for squirrels

athagan at atlantic.net athagan at atlantic.net
Mon Sep 25 20:17:54 EDT 2006


Tim,

Do you put the sticky wax directly on the tree bark or on something
like paper then wrap that around the tree?  This might be the thing
for keeping the bushy tailed rodents out of my pomegranate tree.

.....Alan.

Quoting TIM INMAN <TIM at HISTORICINTERIORS.COM>:

> I hope I'm doing this correctly.  I'm wanting to respond to message
> 2 about 
> squirrels.
> 
> I have had great results keeping squirrels out of my peach trees by
> using 
> common 'Tree Tanglefoot' sticky wax.  When the peaches begin to
> turn color - 
> which is exactly when my squirrels begin to get interested - I go
> on the 
> attack with sticky wax.  I paint it about 30 to 36 inches above
> ground all 
> around the trunk and the first low branches.  I go that high so
> they won't 
> be able to just jump over it.  My observation is that when they get
> one paw 
> full of this sticky stuff, they immediately loose interest in going
> any 
> farther with my peaches.  Keeps 'em out for the duration of the
> ripening 
> season for me.  I suggested this to one of our local commercial
> orchards and 
> they tell me it is working for them, too.  I'm guessing that it
> wouldn't be 
> necessary to treat every tree in the orchard if you have a lot of
> trees.  I 
> think it is nasty enough stuff that 'any' contact would be too much
> contact 
> for them.  I like it because it is completely harmless to the
> animals.  Just 
> nasty to deal with.  Serves 'em right.  I get peaches and they get
> to clean 
> off their sticky little paws.  Works on cherries, too.
> 
> Tim Inman
> Randolph, Ia  51649    Zone 4
> 
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> >   1. Re: Selling pawpaws (mangodance)
> >   2. Re: Squirrels (W3cmp at aol.com)
> >   3. Re: Lingonberries (Brungardt, Sam)
> >   4. Re: Selling pawpaws (Lucky Pittman)
> >   5. Re: Squirrels & deer (mangodance)
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> > Message: 1
> > Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:42:22 -0400
> > From: mangodance <bmn at iglou.com>
> > Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Selling pawpaws
> > To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> > Message-ID: <4517EACE.4080303 at iglou.com>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii; format=flowed
> >
> > Hal Love wrote:
> >
> >> Our pawpaw crop is probably the worst ever. Wild pawpaws are
> probably
> >> the most common understory plant around here, and usually start
> to drop
> >> abundant fruit about this time each year. This year, I have seen
> one
> >> single fruit among hundreds of trees along our road. Usually,
> the fruits
> >> drop onto the pavement and splat, often covering sections of
> road with
> >> pawpaw mush. I noticed large numbers of flowers on the trees
> this past
> >> spring, so there must have been a problem with pollinators.
> Anyone else
> >> notice a lack of pawpaws?
> >
> > Pawpaws are notoriously poor pollinators.  However, with a little
> help
> > from growers, they will bear in good numbers.  Siting of plants
> also
> > will have an impact.  Wild pawpaws are an understory tree and
> typically
> > will not fruit as well as those grown out in the sunlight (like
> most
> > orchard trees).
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 2
> > Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:51:43 EDT
> > From: W3cmp at aol.com
> > Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Squirrels
> > To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> > Message-ID: <bfe.568974d.324946ff at aol.com>
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> >
> > Hello all:
> >     Squirrels are one of the biggest pains ever invented.  I
> fight a
> > constant battle against them every year.  Despite a resident hawk
> who 
> > takes care of
> > several every year, I end up using a have a heart trap to capture
> them 
> > (peanut
> > butter bait), and a bb gun to dispose of them.  I put them down
> nearby 
> > ground
> > hog holes to try to encourage the resident groundhogs to
> relocate, 
> > preferably
> > away from t he woods that border my orchard.  Squirrels can strip
> a peach 
> > or
> > apple tree in a couple days. They seem to prefer the peaches
> after skin 
> > color
> > changes but before the peaches are ripe.  They like sweeter apple
> 
> > varieties
> > like gala early in the apple ripening cycle, but will go after
> just about
> > anything.
> >     I originally tried to relocate the squirrels but was
> cautioned against
> > doing that-they can travel several miles back to their "home",
> i.e., my
> > orchard, and moving them just causes someone else a problem.
> >     I put groundhogs, possums, skunks and raccoons in the same
> category as
> > squirrels.  It's a never ending battle to keep them from
> butchering up 
> > fruit as
> > well.
> >
> >                                                    Chris
> Patterson Zone 6 
> > SE
> > Pa.
> >
> >
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> > Message: 3
> > Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:18:45 -0500
> > From: "Brungardt, Sam" <Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us>
> > Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Lingonberries
> > To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> > Message-ID:
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> <D577CC7D2E27894389723752BCAECBCF01BEB0C2 at s-sp22.pca.state.mn.us>
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> >
> > Jim, I don't know any lingonberry growers, but I'll bet you could
> find
> > some if you contacted the folks at the Horticulture Dept. at the
> Univ.
> > of Wisconsin-Madison.  Prof. Eldon Stang worked on this crop for
> a
> > number of years.  He may be retired now, but there is probably
> an
> > extension fruit specialist who would know the growers in
> Wisconsin and
> > maybe Minnesota. -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> > [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Jim Fruth
> > Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 8:59 AM
> > To: NAFEX
> > Subject: [NAFEX] Lingonberries
> >
> >
> >    Does anyone grow Lingonberries to sell or know of a business
> that
> > wholesales Lingonberry Jam?
> >
> >    I tried growing them and failed.  I'll try again but would
> prefer if
> > I could buy from someone else.
> >
> > Jim Fruth
> > Brambleberry Farm
> > Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
> > www.bberryfarm.com
> > (218)568-8483 [Store]
> > (218)831-7018 [My Cell]
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> >
> > Message: 4
> > Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:28:35 -0500
> > From: Lucky Pittman <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
> > Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Selling pawpaws
> > To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> > Message-ID: <7.0.0.16.0.20060925101809.03147180 at murraystate.edu>
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> >
> >>Hal Love wrote:
> >>
> >> > Our pawpaw crop is probably the worst ever.
> >>This year, I have seen one single fruit among hundreds of trees
> >>along our road.
> >
> > Same here.  I've yet to see a single fruit on any A.triloba
> anywhere
> > in the county.
> > Little grafted A.parviflora in the orchard had its typical good
> crop,
> > but none on any of the 'wild' pawpaws anywhere I've looked.
> >
> > Lucky Pittman
> > USDA Cold Zone 6
> > AHS Heat Zone 7
> > Hopkinsville, KY
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 5
> > Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 11:30:00 -0400
> > From: mangodance <bmn at iglou.com>
> > Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Squirrels & deer
> > To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> > Message-ID: <4517F5F8.8010709 at iglou.com>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii; format=flowed
> >
> > For those of you who cull them, but don't eat them, don't
> overlook local
> > wildlife rehab facilities that rehab hawks, eagles, owls, etc.  A
> friend
> > once spent 3 months culling them from his orchard and freezing
> them.  A
> > local rehabber was happy to get the feed.
> >
> > BTW, many rehabbers and sanctuaries also are in need of deer
> meat.
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Message: 6
> > Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 10:46:09 -0500
> > From: Lucky Pittman <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
> > Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Squirrels & deer
> > To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> > Message-ID: <7.0.0.16.0.20060925104404.031aefb8 at murraystate.edu>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed
> >
> > At 10:30 AM 9/25/2006, Barry wrote:
> >>For those of you who cull them, but don't eat them, don't
> overlook local
> >>wildlife rehab facilities that rehab hawks, eagles, owls, etc.  A
> friend
> >>once spent 3 months culling them from his orchard and freezing
> them.  A
> >>local rehabber was happy to get the feed.
> >
> > Good point.
> > We ran a raptor rehab center here at the lab for years, and I
> was
> > always on the lookout for roadkill squirrels, rabbits, and even
> small
> > opossums, to be fed to the birds.  Stopping to pick up roadkill
> > critters mortified my kids even more than my leaf-hauling forays
> > throughout the fall.
> >
> > Lucky
> >
> >
> >
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