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Pawpaws Eaten....

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bzh starts with ...
What's eating my ripening pawpaws??
Tree completely netted.
Thanks,
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HAMILTON SOUTH,2303,NSW
28th January 2018 7:54am
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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi BZH

First of all your netting is not properly installed. A good netting should be framed and taut with a reasonable distance away from the fruit being protected. Yours is loose and crinkly. Bigger birds and flying fox can easily lean and use their weight on the loose netting to get closer and eat the precious fruits inside the net. Its too easy for the feathered and winged thieves. They are smart. They have been evolving for millions of years even before the homo sapiens started to walk on earth.

An effective netting system should be taut and framed with a good distance away from the goodies inside the net.

My first suspect are the birds taking advantage of the loose and unframed netting.

Second, might be the rats/mice that can climb up the tree if the lower end of the netting is not securely tied against the trunk of the tree.

I can see from the picture that they are already starting to nibble the unripe fruit next to the half eaten one. So if you don't improve your netting system same thing will happen again. No ripe whole papayas for you, only heartaches and headaches.

As Always....Happy Gardening :-)
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bzh says...
Fruitylicious: thanks for info....
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will726 says...
Good one keep it up...
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Edward3 says...
If the culprits are birds, possums, or fruit bats, you could try using a much finer netting which is available from Bunnings, such that these animals can't poke through it with their beaks or snouts. However, bush rats are a different hazard - they can easily tear through this type of material to get to the fruit and using a frame won't help. You would need to surround the fruit with something more solid.
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