Something is eating our tomatoes. Thinking it may be squirrel we sprayed them...

Asked July 5, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

Something is eating our tomatoes. Thinking it may be squirrel we sprayed them with diluted hot sauce and cayenne pepper. This didn't stop them from being eaten. We draped the whole garden in bird netting but that didn't stop it either. We have looked over all the plants for worms but do not see any. What could this possibly be? Mice? Rat?

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1 Response

It's very possible that it is squirrel damage. Looks like it. For squirrel (or rats) you can try sprinkling the fruits with powdered lime to make them unpalatable to wildlife.

Word of caution: Using bird netting can be very problematic when the netting is positioned all the way down to ground level because snakes get caught in it and must be very carefully cut out or they will die hung up in the netting. If you ever do need to use the netting, keep it about a foot above ground level to prevent this.

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