Electric fence advice

bart1(6/7 Northern VA)July 3, 2012

Every year I lose at least half my peaches to some critter. I'm guessing it's either a squirrel or raccoon, but I dot get broken branches, so I'm leaning more towards squirrels.

All of my trees are too low to the ground to use a baffle around the trunks for protection so I'm thinking about running some electric fence wire around the perimeter of the fencing.

Has anyone done this successfully?

Where should I put the wire? 6 inches off the ground? A foot off the ground? Do I need more than one wire?

My inclination would to put the wire lower than higher, but I want to make sure it's out of the way of the mower if that's possible and still get protection.

I also have traps set up, but I'm worried that once the peaches start smelling like peaches, the squirrels will bypass the peanuts in the traps and head right for the good stuff.

So, what do I need to do to get the most protection from an electric fence?

Thanks!

Bart

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danielmc

If its a squirl it probably wont work but... you will need multiple strands alternate hot and ground so when the squirl is touching the hot it will only get shocked if it is also touching the ground since it will jump more than likly this wont help if you had several feet of grounded chain link then several hot strands near the top I can see that but the cost would be crazy. Sorry to be a downer but electric is really used to things that have feet on the ground. I may get flamed for it but poison peanuts are a sure fire way to get rid of squires and hanging in the tree would make sure you only got the guilty.

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bart1(6/7 Northern VA)

Thanks Daniel! There's so much I don't know!!

How do you go about poisoning peanuts??

Thanks again,
Bart

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 9:42AM
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