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  • From: Lee Reich <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] how to keep squirrels of trees
  • Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:31:38 -0500


What do you use for bait? I set many traps for squirrels -- and have used
field corn, apples, peanuts, or peanut butter -- and have poor results luring
them in. Squirrels here seem very wary. Same goes for rabbits.

Lee Reich, PhD
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On Nov 26, 2013, at 1:09 PM, sherwin wrote:

> On 11/25/2013 7:56 PM, wrote:
>> I've got about 15 apple trees & peach trees and last summer I lost
>> everything to squirrels who would eat about 1/2 a fruit & then drop it.
>> It is next to a woods, so they can jump onto the trees. I have a fence
>> around the whole orchard, topped with an electric fence which I bait with
>> peanut butter to keep deer out, and that works. But the squirrels are
>> driving me crazy. Is there anything like plastic snakes, owls, etc I
>> could put in the trees? Or any other ideas? Jerry in southern Indiana
>> __________________
> Jerry,
> The only thing that worked for me was population reduction.
> Setting out two Havaheart
> traps over the course of a season netted me about 30 the first
> year. That went down
> appreciably to almost none, at this time. True, squirrels are
> territorial and do migrate
> back into an area once it is vacated, but that has not been my
> experience.
> Sherwin in Morton Grove, IL
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