Problem: Animal Damage
Birds, squirrels, and rats are fond of avocados and can destroy large quantities of fruit. Birds prefer immature fruit; rats and squirrels tend to prefer mature or nearly mature fruit.
When the problem becomes too severe on mature fruit, pick all remaining fruit. Traps may be used to catch squirrels and rats, but birds cannot usually be discouraged easily. Netting may have to be placed over fruit for protection. Scare devices are sometimes effective in controlling animal pests.