How to stop raccoons from climbing fruit trees

How to stop raccoons from climbing fruit trees

How to stop raccoons from climbing fruit trees

Tips for how to keep raccoons out of your fruit trees (also known as, “How to keep raccoons out of my fruit trees” or “How to stop raccoons from climbing fruit trees”).

Is there anyone who has never had a problem with raccoons in the orchard? We get raccoons in our local area all the time, and the one female raccoon that used to “live” in our lower section of the orchard also took a detour through my favorite apple tree and it makes me sad to look up and see her sleeping in the branches every time.

Being that we are in a temperate zone, apples are NOT in season all the time, they don’t store well if you choose to, and yet they’re not like bananas which are year round. Our orchard is pretty pricy, and if raccoons get in the orchard, they tend to leave thousands of dollars in damage.

Some people have had success with electric fencing, but we’ve found that the raccoons usually get through it pretty easily. Others have used old one-at-a-time milk crates as barriers, and those seem to work well as well, but you run the risk of them getting into your garden in between the milk crates.

The most obvious deterrent that most people use is a large amount of fruit around the perimeter of the orchard, which works fairly well if you have plenty of fruit, but you need to make sure there’s always fruit around to keep the raccoons satisfied, otherwise it will simply be a hassle to “reserve” all of your fruit for them.

Our solution is to keep a few buckets of apples up in the branches of our apple tree. The apples in the buckets are not for consumption, but it is kept full so that the raccoons don’t go any farther down the tree, and they also help block the apples from our spindles and fruit cages.

Another tactic that works very well is keeping smaller buckets of apples along the paths. The idea here is to eliminate a raccoon’s path through the orchard, thereby decreasing the likelihood of them making a beeline through the orchard.

Cans of fruit have also been successful if you don’t have a ton of apples. Put them at the foot of the tree and near the fence. In a pinch, you can even use plastic garbage cans. The goal is to have the raccoons use their own path in the orchard and to discourage them from making a beeline for your apples.

Our final deterrent is the second from the bottom, “Bite and hold”. It’s a simple piece of bark that acts like a fulcrum to keep a raccoon from climbing further up your tree. It works because a raccoon does not have the muscle or the desire to climb up the trunk of the apple tree.

Anyways, there’s a lot of great information about how to deter raccoons from fruit trees in the comments at the end of this article. Please do check them out and let me know if any of them work for you.

Again, it’s important to keep in mind that apples are NOT in season all year round, and if you choose to plant apples in your orchard, you need to make sure that you have lots of apples to hand out to keep the raccoons happy.

More information on how to stop raccoons from climbing fruit trees can be found on the USDA’s web site here.

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We use sticky traps and bananas. We also have a large hose nearby that can spray the traps at raccoons trying to get out of the trap. I’m not sure how effective this is, but it does keep them out of our traps. My sister’s husband also sprays his apple tree and their garden with kerosene every year to keep them away.

Raccoons have surprisingly large brains and use that to their advantage when they’re trying to get into your orchard. It’s surprising just how much of a thinking thing they are, but it makes sense why they might want to dig for apples.

If you can remember the baby raccoons that we’ve had in the past, there’s no question that they’re smarter than the older ones. In that case, it makes more sense to approach the problem in the opposite way. It’s like you’re dealing with a bunch of very bright eight-year-old boys that somehow got stuck in the orchard.

Of course it might be something that they’ve just never been exposed to, so it might take a couple years to work your way up from spanking one of the children to spanking a raccoon. But if you can get it to work, it’s amazing what you can get out of a little ingenuity.

That can work on both the baby and the adult raccoons, but I would personally be concerned about the older raccoons. They’ve learned a lot more tricks over the years, and they’ve learned to avoid your traps that are hidden by vines and other vegetation. They can also climb higher than the baby raccoons.

The only real way that we’ve


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