How do you keep non target species from decimating your fruit trees? I finally have two ten year old apple trees producing a fair amount of fruit - granny smith and arkansas black - and I doubt there will be an apple left in a month. I have a five year old nectarine tree that was covered with fruit and something ate it a month before it was ready. Eight ft tall peach trees were decimated with broken branches from critters after the fruit when it is a month before harvest. Pear tree had about 25 pears on it and they are gone. I got pics of squirrels, coons, possums, and gray fox in those apple trees. I have another twenty fruit trees that should be producing fruit in three or so years. How do you stop this. Does having more producing trees overwhelm them? How many trees do you have to have? I trap off an on all year - three or four days every other month. I cant be a full time trapper.