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Squirrels (gray and fox species) cause damage by consuming ripened fruit during daylight hours. They may carry fruit away or eat it on site, leaving seeds and partially consumed fruit behind under trees.

Grey squirrel.
Grey squirrel.

(Photo: Joseph LaForest, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org)

    

Management:

  • Monitor activity by scouting for squirrels and partially consumed fruit.
  • Hunt or shoot squirrels using a small caliber rifle (i.e., .22 or 17 hmr) or shotgun to keep populations low and damage to a minimum.
  • Use cage traps when numbers are high and hunting is not an option.

     

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