Fruit trees & raccoons.

rowlettr(7)April 8, 2012

I have six fruit trees spaced about 10 feet apart. For the past two years I have been cleaned out overnight by raccoons right before harvest time. After doing considerable studying on the matter, I have concluded that my best two choices for deterring the raccoons is; 1) a metal baffle around the trunk of the tree, or 2) an electric fence around the trees. If I use a baffle, does anyone have a design that I could use temporarily, just during harvest time and take apart easily? If I use an electric fence, does anyone know if I can connect eight circular loops in a string to one controller or does it have to be a non-loop configuration?

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dreamgarden(z6)

Erect a fence. You can use deer fencing around several trees or make small fences around each individual tree. With smaller fencing, you can attach a strip of chicken wire around the top by connecting the bottom of the chicken wire to the top of the fence. When the raccoon climbs on the chicken wire it will flip him over and dump him away from the trees.

A link that might be useful:

www.ehow.com/how_5539226_keep-raccoons-out-fruit-trees.html#ixzz1ryxeHz4E

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