This year I have tree fruit, so I bought that copper mesh sleeve roll that I mentioned last year. I got it for bigger bugs like stink bugs and Japanese beetles, big green June bugs, etc and to dissuade rodents of all types. And deer – my deer hate anything that would be gross to chew. (I use chicken wire pieces for the deer to protect big branches already).
I’ve been spraying fungicide and for PC in plums and peaches and fruit flies in cherries (except my few little cherries dropped now, lol).
This copper stuff is AWESOME. The weave is smaller than I thought, so I’ll use it earlier next year, because PC might even be too big. It’s also bendable, so I can balloon it out and it stays. I’m waiting till my big roll of twist-tie comes in, and then I’ll put in on and try to get pics of securing it to the branch and over the fruit.
I’m going to mix Vaseline or similar with Tobasco sauce and spread a little on the outside of it, too, to give a hot mouth to any mammal that attempts to take a bite of the fruit through the mesh.
The copper and link size is supposed to be something rodents hate anyway – it’s really for stuffing in holes so they don’t chew into houses and such. It’s supposed to work well for that.