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  • So angry 😑

    I can’t get ahead of these fig thieves. Quite honestly I’ve tried everything. Traps, bird netting, clear cups taped over ripening figs.
    This week I lost my first ripening I-258 and a gorgeous nearly perfectly ripened MIB. I’m not certain whether I’m dealing with an opossum, rat, or bat.
    Definitely nocturnal.
    Whatever it is must be lightweight and is very nimble because it managed to swipe the figs without disturbing the tape/ cup.
    Thankfully there are more figs on the tree…
    What a process!
    Thanks for allowing me to vent…
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    Piney Point Village, Zone 8b
    W/L- Allix, Cateto

  • #2
    feel the pain, man...
    Zone 5/6. WL: Black Ischia UCD, Exquisito, Vern's Brown Turkey, Florea, Iranian Candy, Smith, LSU Hollier&Champagne, Cyperus Honey, Lebnese Baskinta Purple, Col de Dema Blanc, Longue D'aoute

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    • #3
      What a pain, and I totally commiserate. Maybe set up a camera to see what it is? Don't know if that would help with a solution though; they seem very persistent...!
      7b, Brooklyn

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      • #4
        Sad to hear that, I knew that feeling ☹️

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        Tung, Vietnam
        - Growing figs in a tropical climate

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        • #5
          Poison, kill the whole ecosystem.

          Bucket traps with water, poison, Irish Spring soap, a dog, coyote urine and shoot the birds..

          Last season was IT for me, if you can't tell. I am actually eating figs this year. Still losing many, but at least I'm getting some too.

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          • #6
            have you tried those bags. It worked for me
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            Ike
            bergen county NJ 6b
            Wish list: oh lets face it Ill take any variety I dont have!!

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            • Bellefleurs
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              The bags protect against birds (sometimes) but not against animals that have hands,,,,they will even chew through those organza bags.

          • #7
            Ouch! I totally sympathize haha. I've considered an electric fence, but I'm not quite there yet.
            WL: Angelito
            Tony - San Diego, CA 10A

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            • #8
              I would be angry too! I've been kicking around the idea of making an enclosure with 1/2 chicken wire and sewing an organza cover that goes over it. I haven't needed it so far, but maybe you could build something similar. At least for your primo varieties.
              Meys - Round Rock, TX. Zone 8b
              Wishlist: Cherry Cordial, Cosme Manyo, Texas Peach, Black Celeste, Little Ruby, any persistent caprifig.

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              • #9
                Purchase a cheap trail cam....see what you are dealing with.

                Then act accordingly.

                Know your enemy....lol

                Sorry to hear you are having these issues.
                Kevin, N. Ga 7b Cheers!

                Wishing all of you a bountiful harvest!

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                • Ktrain
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                  Lol....it is always a possibility. πŸ˜†

                • Drfig
                  Drfig commented
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                  How about the chupacabra

                • Ktrain
                  Ktrain commented
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                  That's the one I was thinking too. Lol

              • #10
                Heartbreaking....especially after you put in the extra time to attach the plastic cups and bottles. I feel like a majority of us can relate to your pain
                Evan. Wish list - Any Mario variety
                SoCal - Zone 10a & CO zone 5b

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                • #11
                  You need 4 more things....

                  50 thumbtacks.
                  Latex gloves.
                  Knife proof gloves.
                  Poison Dart Frog.

                  Place the thumbtacks inside the cups, pointing out like a cactus.

                  Put on latex gloves, then knife proof gloves over latex gloves. Grab frog and rub tacks all over frogs back (dont worry I seen Apocalypto and Jaguar Paw did it and it didn't hurt the frog) to cover the pointy part of tacks.

                  Following morning you should see the remains of the culprit....
                  Last edited by Kid Fig; 08-26-2021, 07:56 PM.
                  Inland Empire - Zone 9b

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                  • Bellefleurs
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                    Very funny

                  • Kid Fig
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                    Bellefleurs .... and then you can stand over the dead and call them "Olak"

                • #12
                  That sucks
                  Pest have been eating more fig than us this year
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                  Round Rock, TX 8b
                  WL: Delicious figs

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                  • Joshawa
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                    how is this possible?
                    something went inside the bag?

                  • Halligan-
                    Halligan- commented
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                    Joshawa something destroyed it in the bag than sucked the juice through the bag

                  • Realtorbyday
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                    omg are you @@@@ting me?!?!

                • #13
                  What you need is a trail camera with video.

                  …plus maybe a live trap.

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                  • #14
                    I'd almost bet you have a rat problem. Something was small enough to crawl up into that water bottle and eat that fig inside the bottle. If a raccoon or opossum did it there wouldn't be a chewed piece left in the bottle. Try everything suggested in the previous posts and I hope you get the culprit.
                    7B Southern NJ

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                    • Figology
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                      Sounds like a mouse or bat. Something lightweight

                    • Bellefleurs
                      Bellefleurs commented
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                      We do have bats around…

                  • #15
                    Wow they seem determined to get to your figs no matter what
                    Joe - Rhode Island Zone 7a

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                    • Bellefleurs
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                      Exactly!!
                      So frustrating.
                      It’s as if I work for Mother Nature.

                  • #16
                    That stinks Denise. Can’t believe they got into your plastic enclosure!
                    CJ in Memphis 7b/8a….tight eyes, nonsplitters...Pons figs, French figs, Mario figs & tasty Cali seedlings!

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                    • #17
                      Rat
                      Wish list: Bass’s Favorite, Genovese Nero(Rafeds), CDD Rimada, CLBC, tight eyed MPs.
                      Available: Galicia Negra, Adriatic JH, Vasilika Sika, CDD Blanc, LSU Red, Hollier, Champagne, Tiger, Scott’s Black

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                      • Bellefleurs
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                        😬😳😟😱

                    • #18
                      Someone should develop a metal mesh bag with a current. Zappp
                      Anthony- Fig Finder of Los Angeles

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                      • #19
                        I smell a rat! What I did was trap and poison them year round and not just during ripening time.
                        Ramil. West Seattle, 8b
                        Current Fig List
                        Wishing for: Moro de Caneva

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                        • Figology
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                          Excellent plan.

                        • cjccmc
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                          Exactly! If you wait until they have lots of ripe figs to pick from they can easily ignore the bait in your traps.

                        • straywolf94
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                          I've been trapping them since January and haven't seen any around during ripening time.

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                        • Bellefleurs
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                          Omg, that child..!!
                          A cage?!!!

                        • davej
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                          Bellefleurs He gets a food pellet when he pushes the lever down.

                      • #21
                        Man thats horrible. Many members are not fans of my method but it's helped me out the last 3 seasons. I don't even use organza bags just let the guys hang as they say. I have some designated feeding stations away from my fig trees. 2 bird feeders and a section where I dump critter feed on the floor near the fence. All food is in a 20 to 25 feet away from my trees. Actual distance doesn't need to be exact just as long as you keep them away. Keep em fed, keep em happy, keep em away.
                        Forest Hill, Texas: Zone 8a

                        No wish list but open to trades and offers

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                        • WVMJack
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                          Eventually you will have grown the population by free feeding them, then the one day you run out of bait they will all turn their greedy eyes on your figs, or you will have to keep feeding them more and more. Do you guys have peccaries in your area, I would imagine they would be a PIA

                        • Rudypayraise
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                          No peccaries in my area. You may he right about their reaction when no longer fed. It's cheaper to feed them. I get to see wonderful birds and make peace with squirrels. I figure going after them buying traps, poison or whatever deterrents piled on with the stress of losing figs after so many months of tending trees is more of a PIA than tossing some bird and critter feed here and there. It seems folks have tried all kinds of tactics with small to zero results. I'd figure I'd share what works for me. I'll be moving next year so I hope my tactics work wherever I will lay my head next lol.

                      • #22
                        I know this is frustrating. Here is what works for me.
                        First, get a Wyze cam for $35.00 It will record motion and you can play it back on the phone app.
                        https://www.amazon.com/Vision-Indoor...0000616&sr=8-3
                        Second, buy a used Yard Enforcer Motion-Activated Sprinkler for some $50 , I did and I have no problems. The noise alone teaches critters not to approach my patio.
                        https://www.amazon.com/Orbit-62100-A...-garden&sr=1-1
                        Good luck, Sal
                        Last edited by Salvatore; 08-26-2021, 01:16 PM.

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                        • Bellefleurs
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                          Genus.
                          Thanks for providing the links!

                      • #23
                        That is crazy, I would of thought the plastic would of been good. So sorry to see otherwise.
                        SW TN 7B Wish list: Boysenberry Blush, Coll de Dama Mutante, Madeira Island Black, Cravens Craving, Malibu Greek and Fico Giallo. Any fig I can grow and Happy Days

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                        • Bellefleurs
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                          It worked right up to the point until the fig was perfectly ripened.

                        • ZingsFigs
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                          Bellefleurs you might want to get a trail camera to see what is getting into your figs at night to help solve the problem. I wish you luck

                        • Bellefleurs
                          Bellefleurs commented
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                          ZingsFigs, you are right.

                      • #24
                        What has worked for me in the past is using the plastic clamshells that fruit is often sold in.

                        Previous thread with a picture: https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-h...50-this-is-war
                        Jason. San Diego, CA - Zone 10A WL: Boysenberry Blush

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                        • #25
                          Now I am curious to know what is causing all of that damage. Perhaps a trail cam might help to get to the bottom of it.
                          Zone 6B WL- To heck with it, I just want 'em all

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                          • Bellefleurs
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                            I’m going to need to buy one.
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