[NAFEX] 'Tree Tanglefoot' sticky wax for squirrels

hector black hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Tue Sep 26 08:27:11 EDT 2006


I've used the tanglefoot to keep the racoons from my muscadines.  Seems to 
me I've read that there is something toxic in the stuff, so I put a wrap of 
plastic around the trunk and then painted that.  First time in several years 
that we've been able to harvest those grapes.
    We put the wrap about 1 ft up the trunk from the ground and 18" in 
width.
    Hector Black  zone 6 middle TN


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <athagan at atlantic.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 7:17 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] 'Tree Tanglefoot' sticky wax for squirrels


> 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)
>> >   6. Re: Squirrels & deer (Lucky Pittman)
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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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>> > 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>
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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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