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Seasonal observations of the UCCE Master Gardeners
by Helen jones
on December 30, 2023 at 8:00 AM
I have 2 healthy and productive pineapple guavas growing in my garden in Berkeley  
We enjoyed the delicious fruits for only a few years. Then the squirrels discovered them.  
They eat the flowers and the tiny immature fruit. I have tried netting but they just chew chew chew right through. At this point, we get no fruit & the squirrels make a mess. Thinking of taking them out but they are pretty and graceful little trees. Any ideas on dealing with the pesky rodents?
by Doug Jackson
on May 7, 2024 at 6:33 PM
Hi Helen, did you ever have any success with deterring the squirrels? I put my feijoa in a few years ago. The squirrels have left the center of the tree bare from climbing on it. I am hopeful each spring when the new growth fills in, but then they start feeding. The progress made early in the season is quickly diminished.
by SoCal Gardener
on May 26, 2024 at 5:29 PM
My neighbors and I have had some luck with rodent deterrents with cinnamon or peppermint oil. It’s pet and kid safe, and works by annoying them once they get it on their hands and feet, so they learn to avoid the area. It might not be 100% effective, but it did make a difference. You do have to reapply every week or two. Good luck!
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