Fruit loss deterrence
When I bought the house 32 years ago, I planted an apple tree in the front yard (golden delicious, supposedly)...and have yet to get a single apple! It's not the tree's fault.... Between the neighborhood kids and the squirrels, every one disappears long before they get anywhere near ripe. 5 year old grand-daughter loves to climb it, but she wised up right quick to store-bought apples tied to the branches with green twine.
This year, with early pruning, the tree was covered in blossoms. Lots of bees, so it looks to be the best fruit set ever this season.
Now the kids have ceased to be an issue (grown and moved away) but the squirrels.... They pick a golf ball sized apple, take a bite, spit it out as unripe and move on to the next 'til they're all gone. I've tried tree Tanglefoot, rubber snakes, plastic owls, various traps (both lethal and humane) to no success. Netting would be a PITA, and besides the bloody varmints could chew through any netting. One of the grand-dogs is a great squirrel hunter, but other than fencing the front yard, there's no way he can patrol the perimeter 24/7. If it was the back yard where I could, ummm, 'harvest' the miscreants in private, there would be lots of Brunswick stew in the freezer.
This is war.... Any suggestions on deterrence? I'm going to try a paint ball gun this year...with a tasteful shade of apple-green paint.