Birds eating my oranges

chicago90(z11PHX)November 22, 2007

The birds are poking holes in my beautiful juice oranges. I have never had this problem in all the years that I've lived in Arizona.

I've thrown some bird block on parts of the tree as a deterent, but don't know how successful this will be.

Any other recommendations?

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janw

I have the same problem I posted that question a while back so the responses should be available on the search. one was to hang the compact discs that come in the mail as a deterant I have just hung some this month so will see what happens next season.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2007 at 7:02PM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

Are you sure the birds are starting the holes? or are they just taking advantage of an opening. My guess is that what you really have is... rats. They will cut into the oranges. Then the birds come along and take advantage of where the rats have opened up an orange.
My best way to deal with rats is cats. Unfortunately there is always person who thinks that because a cat is outside, that it is homeless. Then they catch it and "try to find it a home" But if you can get the neighbors to leave them alone, they can do some very find pest control. They also chase birds by the way. An outdoor cat will do a lot to help get rid of them.
Rats will usually get into the tree at night. One enterprising young man I knew got together with his friend and they got night vision goggles and a BB gun and camped out and hunted all the rats out. Can't do that in the city but that worked for them.
We lost our family cat about a year or so ago. In just a month we had a rat problem. We got 2 more from the pound, kept them inside until they felt at home, then they got to go outside. End of rat problem. One even catches a gopher now and then. GOOD kitty!

    Bookmark   November 23, 2007 at 11:35AM
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dosperros

What you have is Gila Woodpeckers poking holes in your oranges.I haven't found anything to deter them aside from netting.This year seems to be bad for woodpeckers,I usually have a few damaged oranges but this year they have really made a mess.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2007 at 11:06PM
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softmentor(z9/sunset13 CA desert)

well, at least they are pretty to look at.
I would think an airsoft gun might be just aggravating enough to keep them off without being deadly or dangerous. And of course cats.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2007 at 6:22AM
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yuman(9)

i have had woodpecker trouble before.
try placeing orange christmass tree ornaments,orange styrofoam balls,while your fruit is small,green and developing.they will see it is not tastey

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 7:03PM
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aztreelvr

Curved billed thrashers will also peck holes in oranges and other citrus. Other birds take advantage of this and help themselves to the tasty juice inside.

You'll notice that once the birds start the initial hole, fruit flies and other insects will be attracted to the fruit. The fruit often falls off the tree after the holes appear because bacteria can enter the fruit and it begins to rot.

Rats (if you have them) will chew portions of the fruit. Birds however, create neat 1/2 inch diameter holes.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 12:13PM
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