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How do I stop wildlife from eating my strawberries? As soon the fruit appears on the plant they are eaten.?

Question by bagels4588: How do I stop wildlife from eating my strawberries? As soon the fruit appears on the plant they are eaten.?

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Answer by guyster
The only way is to physically exclude them (wire mesh, etc.).
I have tried everything… cayenne pepper, coyote urine, setting up a distant squirrel feeder, etc. Ultimately, they just keep coming back.

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4 Responses to “How do I stop wildlife from eating my strawberries? As soon the fruit appears on the plant they are eaten.?”

  1. kloden on November 14th, 2010 6:23 am

    place pecans where they can get them.

  2. joe r on November 14th, 2010 6:59 am

    try getting a large plastic owl from a farm supply store and put it up where they can see it
    it keeps the birds from poopin on my patio
    it may scare them off too

  3. Carole Q on November 14th, 2010 7:11 am

    encasing plants in wire ‘house’ will be the only answer. Have wire about size of chicken wire (too small of holes for animals but large enough for plenty of rain & sunshine to get through). Make the hoop of wire large enough the ‘little hands’ can’t get to the plants. Have the wire sturdy enough that it will not collapse from weight of a squirrel. Have it ‘anchored’ to ground with a heavy piece of wood, etc.. so they cannot get under it. Wood could be stapled with wire.

    Chicken wire is still large enough for sparrows to get into it.

    We created large wire ‘tunnels’ with a few heavy gauged wires in an arch as braces and long enough wire from braces to stick into ground. We can lift off and replace these tunnels as needed.

    Mothballs, cayenne pepper, predator urine, dangling or noisy scare items, marigolds, etc.. were to no avail from squirrels.

  4. danny on November 14th, 2010 7:30 am

    If they are in the ground put them in pots so if they are eaten you can easily move it somewhere else where they cant reach them!

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