How do I keep possums and raccoons out of my apple tree?

Esther Macy
by Esther Macy
  7 answers
  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Apr 15, 2018

    Hello, Here is some great advice on how to keep possums and coons from getting at your fruit trees. Click on the link below to check out the information. Sounds fairly simple to do. Good luck!

  • Cindy Cindy on Apr 15, 2018

    Hi Esther, My neighbor uses traps to catch possums and raccoons. Once trapped, he takes them to the woods and releases them there. He uses peanut butter as the bait. He told me that some towns will lend traps to their residents. It's worth a phone call. Best of luck to you.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 16, 2018

    Make it difficult for them to climb - or uncomfortable to climb.......?

  • War15939090 War15939090 on Apr 16, 2018

    wrap the trunk with slick metal close to the ground and about 3 feet up

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 16, 2018

    Cut off the low hanging branches and make a metal collar around the trunk of the tree so they cannot get any traction when trying to climb. The collar will have to go up as far as possible before it branches out.

  • Good luck ♥ We've had raccoon visitors during the night in my back yard several times over the years. They would catch the koi in my pond. Now it would be different if they would eat them, but they would just play with them and leave them all over the yard. I've tried animal control in our area, they said they wouldn't help us, but to get a Havahart trap, then release them at least 100 miles away because they travel that and more. An exterminator was way too expensive. Had a trap, tried, could never catch them...tried sardines, marshmallows, tuna, canned cat food and more. I devoured the web for info on how to get them to go. Tried criss crossing fishing line throughout the back yard, raccoons didn't mind it, the dogs hated it. Lit the backyard up like a runway – didn't phase them, Human hair, human urine, could have cared less about either, Tried "The Scarecrow" motion detector that hooks to the hose and sprays when it senses motion. Raccoons loved it,Dogs were scared of it and refused to go out during the day even when it was off. Tried coyote urine, didn't phase the coons one bit. Tried little red flashing lights around the perimeter of the yard, raccoons didn't notice them. Summer came and they stopped coming. We had no birdseed out for the wild birds, no dog food out, nothing. They came back the following winter and brought friends. Tried everything again to no avail. Got up one morning and they were still here! They were usually gone by then. One of my dogs slipped....pushed by me as I was trying to shoo them away. She was a Great Dane....they took her down. Now I love all animals, but don't come to my place and mess with mine. My sons stayed up the following night, shot 2 of them. They haven't been back since. It was horrid, the screams my poor dog let out as they were biting her. Please be careful. I wouldn't attempt to even catch it, You have to pick up that wire cage after all!. They are fierce and will bite. Be careful please.