As the season starts and I see flowers that will lead to fruit that will lead to full bellies for the squirrels and deer that frequent my yard, I’m starting to think of various ways to deter them. I’ve used the egg mixture that @alan has recommended and that helps keep deer from eating foliage, as long as I remember to start doing it before they start eating and get used to what to eat. But the squirrels, in particular, are merciless on my fruit. Cloth bags do nothing and they just tear them open. The same with netting.
But what if I added some rosemary oil or other fragrant oil to the surround when I spray that? Any chance the fragrance, like the egg/protein smell with deer, would help with squirrels? I say rosemary oil, since I have some, but am open to other ideas. I’ll probably test it anyway, just to see if it helps, but I hope it won’t taint the flavor of the fruit at all. I guess I could add super hot chilli powder, but I’m probably the only one in my family that would enjoy flaming hot peaches which I expect they would be even after washing. Of course flaming hot peaches might be a huge success at farmers markets, lol.
Anyone try anything like this?