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Old 01-06-2011, 06:12 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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My family had a small pecan orchard when I was growing up and squirrels are incredibly destructive to pecan crops.

They can strip a tree bare before any ripe pecans have fallen from their pods and you may not ever see them at work.

I'm betting on squirrels also.

If your mother's trees stand away from other trees and far enough from the house to preclude a squirrel jumping from it, trunk baffles will be effective. Otherwise, kill them and keep killing them until they, as a group, figure out that they are getting killed in those pecan trees.
Well that must be it then. I'm looking into trunk baffles--it was bad enough last year to not get any, but none formed to get us salivating either. My mother has been going to a neighboring farm to pick them up and no problems there though not nearly as many as she had.
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Squirrels. I've seen them literally overnight take nearly all the nuts from butternut trees. I can imagine them doing the same with pecans. Controlling the squirrel population is the only real solution. They're pretty clever animals.
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: NC, USA
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My money is on the squirrels. I have three pecan trees and they take all the pecans before they are ripe. They love 'em green.
Hummmmm, one theory is; That is why the shotgun was invented.
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