What is eating my green pepper?

Asked August 7, 2019, 12:34 PM EDT

Attached is a green pepper with several holes. What is eating it and how can I prevent it from happing to the other peppers?

Howard County Maryland wildlife vegetables

1 Response

It looks like damage from a small chewing animal. It could be a rabbit, rat, or squirrel -- or something else. If this is a persistent problem (rather than a one-time occurrence on one pepper) you can take steps to exclude wildlife by using fencing (e.g., chicken wire cage) or a barrier material such as a light row cover fabric to keep the animals away. Try to identify what type of animal is doing the damage. Do you see any footprints in the soil? Scat in the garden? Holes/tunnels around the yard? Nests? All of these can provide clues to what type of wildlife is around. Once you know what you are dealing with, you can take appropriate steps to exclude the animals. Please see our website for further information about wildlife. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/wildlife-problems

Christa