I am harvesting my beets and find that the majority of them have been eaten...

Asked September 20, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

I am harvesting my beets and find that the majority of them have been eaten away below ground level! I am assuming some type of mouse or vole did the damage. What can I do to prevent this next growing season?

St. Louis County Minnesota

1 Response

There are several creatures that could be eating your beets. Mice, voles and chipmunks are frequent beet thieves in our county. The only thing you can do is fence the area with a very fine chicken wire or mesh to keep them from coming in. I am pasting part of the article we wrote in July for the Duluth News Tribune that addressed this. The person who asked the question later saw a chipmunk eating his beets:

Mice and voles can get into fenced gardens, and both will chew beet plants. It can be hard to get rid of them, but it helps to eliminate nesting spots. There is information on managing mice and voles here:http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/wildlife/voles-in-the-landscape/

and here

http://www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm/homegrnd/htms/12mice.htm

I hope you have better luck next year!