Keeping Squirrels Out of Fruit Trees: A Step by Step Guide

Squirrels ate all the fruits from my trees.”

“I am trying to keep squirrels out of fruit trees, but still they managed to attack my fruit trees.”

 Sounds familiar?

People having fruit trees, squirrels are their number one public enemy.

They are able to destroy all the fruits from a tree in just a few days, and I guess, some of you have also experienced that.

Now, we want to know,

How to keep squirrels away from our fruit trees?

Keeping squirrels out of fruit trees

I have shared a lot of different ways that you can use to repel or scare them away from your garden.

So, let’s get started.

Here, I’m Telling You the Truth

There are many ways which you can use like the organic repellents, water jets, fake predators, creating an alternate food source, trapping them, or even killing them.

But, you have to admit…

Many times, using a single method doesn’t work well.

Let me explain.

Suppose, you have created an alternate food source, after a few days, they will eat that, and ultimately, they are going to attack your fruit trees, unless you’re spending money on the alternate food again and again.

Or, if you use fake animals, then there will be some smart rodents, that will not get scared.

Now, What I Recommend?

Keeping squirrels out of fruit trees

If you are determined to protect your fruit trees from squirrels, then I recommend, you use 3 to 4 methods simultaneously.


I will explain.

1… Use the water jet having motion sensors to detect any rodent and it will attack them with a hot jet of water.

2… Place a few traps to catch those which are not scared with a water jet.

3… Place a few fake snakes on the branches, and a few fake owls with rotating head. As they look natural, so they’ll surely scare a few of them. At first, I thought, these fake animals will not work, but I’ve to say, I was wrong. If you use correctly, chances are high that they’ll work.

4… Some squirrels are smart, and they don’t get caught in the trap, and they don’t scare with fake animals and water jet. For them, you have squirrel baffle. They cannot pass the baffle, because of its design. They’ll keep trying, and at the end, they’ll quit.

5… Also, cut a few branches that are connected with the other trees. Otherwise, they will travel through branches from one tree to another, despite your all the efforts.

6… Use squirrel netting to create a physical barrier between fruits and rodents & birds. It is an excellent way that works really well. But, sometimes, it becomes difficult to use netting on big trees.

7… Finally, if everything doesn’t work, then use squirrel poison. It’s inhumane, and it’ll kill them. But, if you are willing to do anything to save your fruit trees, then go with the poison.

How to Keep Squirrels Out of Fruit Trees

Give Them an Alternative Food Source

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You can give them another food source, like spreading fruits & nuts somewhere away from your tree.

But, it is not the best way to deal with them. They will still try to jump on your trees.

So, you can try, if you want.

Use Water Jet

The best thing with these water jets is that they contain motion sensors, and therefore, when they detect a rodent-like a squirrel in your garden, it attacks that animal with a hot water jet.

This sudden water jet scares them and they run away.

It doesn’t hurt any animal, it just annoys them.

Use Fake Snakes & Owls

How to keep squirrels away

Let me tell you the truth.

At first, I thought “Hey, placing a fake owl or some fake snakes will be useless. It will not scare even a single squirrel.”

Still, I have never used it.

But, I was surprised to see that, a lot of people are purchasing these fake animals.


Because they really work.

You just have to change their positions after every few days, so that they look natural, and they will keep scaring them away.

Nowadays, you can easily afford a fake owl having rotating head, and that looks very natural. Just place one or two near the fruit trees.

Fake snakes are cheaper than owls. Buy a couple of natural looking snakes, and hang them on different branches, so these rubber snakes will scare them even if the squirrels managed to climb on your fruit tree.

Use Squirrel Baffles

This is the best solution to keep squirrels out of fruit trees.

There are thousands of people are using them, and they are very happy because baffles do the job perfectly.

It becomes very difficult for squirrels to pass through a baffle.

But, if you have a fully grown tree having a very thick trunk, then it becomes very difficult to find a baffle for that.

There is no problem if the trunk is thin, but if it’s very thick, you may have to make a custom baffle by yourself.

Squirrels can jump up to 4 feet, so make sure, you place the baffle above this height.

This, a few seconds video explains everything. At the end, squirrel won, because it was not at the sufficient height.

Squirrel Netting

For protecting fruit trees from birds and squirrels, netting is a very good method.

It doesn’t hurt any bird or animal, and at the same time, it gives the ultimate protection.

But make sure, you cover a tree from all the sides. If you leave even a small window, these rodents will use it, and they will eat your fruits in a few days.

Catch Them with Traps

Catching them is also one of the best options you have against them.

There are many high performing traps out there that work extremely well.

When catching squirrels, you are going to need baits that attract them. Peanut butter, oranges, nuts, seeds can work well as bait.

Just place a few traps near the fruit trees, and soon, you’ll catch squirrels. In a few days, you’ll able to trap all the squirrels.

Use Repellents

There are many organic rodent repellent sprays that can be used to protect your fruit trees.

You can spray them around your trees, and it’ll keep the squirrels away from your fruit trees. Not only squirrels, these organic repellents also work on other rodents like raccoons, rats, rabbits etc.

Ultrasonic Squirrel repellers can also give you success. Try them at least once.

Use Poison

Use squirrel poison as your last option.

If you can protect your fruit trees from squirrels by using other methods, then there is no need to kill them.

Using poison is also dangerous for pets and children, as they can get into contact with it unknowingly.

So, I’ll recommend that; do not use it unless you have tried each and every other method.

Final Words

Using one method against these squirrels may not be enough. You have to use more than one method to deal with them.

Follow these steps:

  • Repel them away with organic, chemical or electronic repellents from your fruit trees.
  • Use water jet, fake owls & snakes to scare them.
  • Use traps to catch the smart ones.
  • Use squirrel baffle so they can’t climb on the tree.
  • At last, if everything fails. Kill them with poison.

I hope this article helps.

If you have any question, or you want to share your experience, then feel free to share your thoughts with us.

Dinesh Kumar
Hello, I'm Dinesh. I have 4 years of experience in dealing with pests. I try to provide you the best information that'll help you to make the pest control process easy & affordable. In recent years, I've helped hundreds of homeowners to protect their home from pests like bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, house flies, snakes, rats and other pests.

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