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Birds (numerous species) damage ripe or near-ripe peaches by pecking at the fruit, resulting in small sections with torn or missing flesh. While external damage can appear minor, birds may remove substantial amounts of flesh under the skin. Secondary issues from birds may include the introduction of weed seeds and subsequent weed establishment in orchards.

Bird damage to fruit.
Bird damage to fruit.

(Photo: John Strang, University of Kentucky)

     

Management:

  • Many birds are protected by Federal law, specifically by the Migratory Bird Act.
  • Management options are limited to deterrents, which should be deployed before fruit becomes ripe. Examples include lasers, auditory distress tapes, and propane cannons.
  • Combinations of deterrents will be more successful than using just one.

     

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