Help!! Squirrel's eating my banana's

orchidboy01(9b Orlando area)November 16, 2006

Hi all. I have a squirrel problem I hope someone can help me with. The pesky critters are eating my new banana leaves before they unfold. It just makes me so mad! I have so far trapped 7 of them and relocated them to a nice orange grove five miles from my garden. Any suggestions would be great. Robert.

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If the space is fairly small where the problem lies, get yourself a motion activated sprinkler. When the little pests go to your banana for a snack the motion detector sprays them with water...they run away....

    Bookmark   November 16, 2006 at 8:28PM
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i had the same problem back in the spring. i took a while to figure out what was cutting mine off. once i found out i too started trapping them. i took off about 24 of them until there were no more. you are doing the only thing that will work. others will move in but just keep trapping.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2006 at 6:53PM
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gcmastiffs(z10 Florida)

Our local Florida squirrels don't fear water. I've tried blasting them (with a water hose) off my neighbor's palms that hang over my fence. The tree rats just shrug off the water and keep on doing whatever they want, including munching fruit they stole from my yard. This has happened many times, as I stood in the orchard, watering. I can't shoot them when they are on the neighbor's trees, and they seem to know it...

Relocating them means they become a problem for someone else. My live traps get placed into a garbage can full of water, squirrel included. In 5 minutes, that problematic tree rat is no longer going to damage my plants, or anyone elses.

I used to think they were cute. Until I began growing fruit trees. Squirrels don't share, they take it all, wasting most of it. They break branches, they dig up seedlings, they take unripe fruits, bite them, drop them and go back for more. Until the trees are stripped and ragged.

Now, we have no mercy. The population is in no danger, my idiot neighbors feed them. The babies keep coming.. So there is a never-ending supply to deal with. But, between live traps, a high-powered pellet rifle, and a very fast Jack Russell Terrier, we now actually get to eat the fruit we grow. Our Banana trees are untouched.

Good luck! When you finally tire of spending your $$$ and time driving squirrels around (or if the orange grove owner catches you) you might develop the bad attitude towards them that we have(G). I love most animals, but draw the line at destructive rats. It did take the loss of the fruit from 11 Apple trees and 9 Peach trees to drive me over the edge. After that, it was WAR!


    Bookmark   November 19, 2006 at 7:34PM
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cut a piece of sheet metal 8 to 10 inches wide. wrap it around the trunk about half way up the trunk. they cant grasp into the metal, therefore, cant get to the leaves or fruit. only drawback, it is unsightly. but it works for all rodents..

    Bookmark   November 21, 2006 at 11:58PM
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blondboy47(z6b(almost 7) ON,Canada)

I tried something similar with a bird feeder that the evil rats were getting into. It had no effect. They can jump very high and very far.

I feel the pain of Lisa as well. We have a Bartlett Pear tree. This past spring, it was full of pears. Those little "dah-lings" did EXACTLY what Lis said. Just take a bite and drop them.

We harvested (count'em) 2 pears!!!

The sad thing is, that we aren't home during the day, when they are the most destructive, so no pellet gun will help.

Maybe next year, we'll try the traps, but water is cheaper than gasoline, so.... do the math. :)

Fortunately, though, they haven't touched the banana plants yet.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2006 at 2:37PM
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orchidboy01(9b Orlando area)

Hi all,Thank You for all the good ideas! I plan on trapping this weekend, have not decided what to do with the rats once I catch them? Not sure If I can actualy kill them. My wife is against it. Robert

    Bookmark   November 30, 2006 at 5:35PM
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gardenguy_(z6b PA)

orchidboy, too bad I didn't live closer to ya. I have a Weimaraner for rent. She 'loves' the squirrels. They "used" to be a problem shortly before we moved here. : )

    Bookmark   December 5, 2006 at 2:02AM
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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

Amen, Lisa. You go, girl!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2006 at 2:14PM
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flying_wahini1955(houston 8b)

I also have squirrels, and I couldn't trap them fast
enough.... I have tried everything, pepper spray,
rotten egg mix.... soap on leaves....netting (worked the best of all - but then they figured it out.)
fox urine.... there must be another way besides
trapping them.... I live in a forest... ain't gonna get
rid of them all..

    Bookmark   March 27, 2008 at 9:30PM
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wilson1963(6 SE Ohio)

ok all can see I live in SE Ohio, it's hillbilly country...I have squirrels, love to watch them etc...I also know that if they were as destructive as I have been reading, I have some great recipes from my grandmothers cookbook that are available or if thats not your cup of tea, how about some DECON.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 3:42PM
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nightrider767(San Antonio)

The thought of killing those cute little, playful creatures is very disturbing to me. They really are fun to watch frolicking around the yard and jumping around.

My cat loves to watch them. She's an indoor cat, so she is no threat to the squirels. But looking at her, she'd love the chance to chase them

In most forums, the idea of killing squirrels is frowned upon. I've had lots of squirel damage, but they've never crossed "the line". In this particular thread, the question of squirels destroying a crop comes up.

I certainly encourage everyone to act as they deem best.

But for wilson1963 I really have to wonder and I hope you don't mind me asking, what kind of recipes do they have for squirels? Not a lot of meat there. The only way I could think of cooking them is on the barbecue.

Not that I'd like to do that. But let me say, when it comes to cooking chicken thighs, the part they sell for real cheap. No one does that better than me. It's really scary how good they turn out.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 11:46PM
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wilson1963(6 SE Ohio)

Well, W/O trying to sound gross or gruesome, my grandfather loved brains and eggs....yes, as bad as that sounds, but have never tried it...but really, boil and roll in flour and fry is really good and the gravy is better than any I have ever had. One other thing in the past we have done is boil and debone several and add a can of manwich, sloppy squirrel it was called...I too love watching them, they are neat creatures and they don't bother a thing I have here, but the rabbits here are so destructive, they have eaten my grape starts, pecan trees and love greenbeans etc from the garden. I wasn't promoting killing them, though it's part of heritage in SE Ohio to hunt small game and so forth....didn't and don't mean to offend anyone......Don

    Bookmark   April 14, 2008 at 7:05PM
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nightrider767(San Antonio)

Thanks Don, I was not offended in any way. I found your post ineresting. Fact is, if you eat meat, you do have to remember that some animal met an early demise to provide you some nourishment.

Just because you didn't do it, or watch it happen. Make no mistake about it, it happened.

I'll tell you one thing though,,, if we could make a device that would kept squirels out of yards, we'd be very rich men!


Banana Mike

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 11:47PM
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wilson1963(6 SE Ohio)

have-a-hart makes small live traps, use peanuts and start your own squirrel relocating program. In fact, thats how I got them started here on the island we live on. My oldest brother was in the army in San Antonio @ Ft. Sam Houston back in the early 70's. I remember him telling me that they are considered a rodent there and there was no season. My bananas have 8 sprouts now but nothing coming out of the main stem.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 9:22PM
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