Good thread. I've been growing 2 Asian pear trees for over 20 years. I have yet to eat one pear. Every year towards the end of the summer, it gets really hot and the squirrels raid my pears (which at that point are golf ball sized.) The thing that pisses me off is the squirrels don't even like the pears. They take one bite and dump them around the base of the tree. Then the deer come and eat all the ones on the ground and leave scat and ticks all over my yard preventing me from playing with my dog back there.
Some of you suggested leaving the dog outside. Can't do that, he'll get fried from the sun and the heat AND there are other animal distractions (deer, foxes, rabbits, box turtles, ground hogs, turkey vultures, hawks, blue jays, cardinals, crows, etc. The list goes on. Obviously I don't have a fenced in yard. I've tried all sorts of things to save the pears but those squirrels are smarter than me right now. Again, I can't leave the dog outside...the neighbors will complain about the barking. The other reason is because of the deer, I gotta watch out for the ticks. I've already found a tick on my knee last week. First one this year. So it all starts from those squirrels.
I know some of you have said, use a gun like a .22. I can't. 1)I live in one of the most liberal states in the country. Gun control is quite tight here. Not sure of the law. But I'm quite sure I'd be going to jail for a while if I was caught firing a gun in a residential zone. 2) I live in the suburbs. Houses are all around me. My neighbors would tattle. And 3) I've got one cop that lives in one of the houses behind me past the wooded area.
This year...it looks like the largest crop yet, but I'm preparing for the idea that I won't get to eat one. Anyway, if anyone has a successful idea to keep those squirrels away, looks like a few of us would like to hear about it. And thanks.