What could be eating the lemons on my tree, they have no peel

Near the coast on the Mornington peninsula, our lemon tree is being attacked! Presumably an animal is stripping the peel off the lemons. leaving the flesh. What might it be & how do I deter it?


10 February 2012 05:51 AM

Hi Patti,

There are a number of pests that could be attacking the lemon trees. White cockatoos, possums and bush rats all enjoy lemons. Netting or possum deterrent sprays can help. Have you noticed any droppings below the tree to indicate the type of pest? Possums can also strip the young leaves from the tree as well. White cockatoos are more destructive and will take bites out of the fruit and drop it on the ground. Yates has a wonderful new product available Yates Possum Repellent Spray helps protect your precious plants by deterring possums from browsing on sprayed plants.
Contains a special combination of ingredients that help reduce possums browsing on plants.
Lasts for up to 7 days or more with regular re-treatment.
Can be used on ornamental and edible plants and has only a 1 day withholding period.
The formulation was developed by Professor Lynne Selwood and is protected by a patent granted to the University of Melbourne.

Topics: Fruit and Citrus Issues: Pests