Squirrels eating my tomatoes

Asked July 29, 2018, 11:20 AM EDT

We have raised beds in our Bethesda backyard with tomatoes. They were doing really great, and then the birds started getting them. We put a mesh cover over them, and that seemed to stop the birds. But then the squirrels stepped in. No matter how well we anchor the cover down, the squirrels get inside it, crawl up the middle and eat or mangle the tomatoes. On a good day we may get 20% of the yield; on a bad day 0%. Any notion how to stop the squirrels?

Montgomery County Maryland

1 Response

You may have to completely enclose your garden, including overhead.

Here is our page on squirrels--trapping may help if the population is not large: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/squirrels-0

Meanwhile, try sprinkling the tomatoes with powdered lime lightly--enough for them to get it on their paws and mouth. Resprinkle after rains.