Funny Solution to Apple Eating Critter Problem

Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9bJuly 12, 2013

Thought I'd share this, because it's a wild solution, but it worked!

We live on the edge of the land of many critters. Our property runs down a hill across a seasonal stream, and half up the other side. It is occupied of many creatures. Our neighbors across the ravine have the same scenario, so that ravine is free land for nature.

Part of our land is fenced in, and at the edge of the fence, is a wonderful Anna Apple. We had a hard time getting any apples that didn't have pecks or bites in them prior to them even being ripe!

So I read that human urine scares critters away, and encouraged my DH to go stake his territory, and pee on that apple tree. Finally, he did, and we have had NO critter bitten apples since that day. They are big, ripe, delicious, crisp and juicy!

I really scrub those apples well prior to eating!! I'm just amazed that this silly solution actually worked!

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eboone_gw

Maybe I will have to try that for our eastern whitetail deer...they have been unrelentingly nibbling at all my fruit trees.
And if it worked for the insects as well, I'd hook a pump up to the toilet drain and spray all the trees with it! :)

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 1:45PM
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Sara_in_philly

Ha-ha! That's so funny!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 9:33PM
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marknmt

That's an old backwoods technique for protecting your cache or downed game and your campsight. I think it helps. I've been known to fill a beer bottle (now there's recycling!), stuff it with a paper towel wick, and stick it in the bushes near deer attractants. Can't say that was the cause, but haven't seen a deer around the house in weeks, even thought they were quite a nuisance this spring. They do move around and we may just be lucky, but either way they're gone for now.

Worth considering at the least.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 9:48PM
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skyjs(z8 OR, USA)

I wonder if it works with squirrels.
John S
PDX OR

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 1:41PM
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melikeeatplants

I tried peeing around my nectarine last night. The tree rat still got two nectarines and avoided the trap by the trunk.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 2:45PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Ha! Sorry, but I didn't say this works on nectarines, but if it's rats, they HATE mothballs, so hang a few in your tree!

Suzi

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 7:52PM
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