Squirrels appear to be chewing on our tomatoes, just when they get ripe.
(a) Does netting deter them?
(b) It's been very dry here. It was once suggested here that rodents
are often looking for water, and if you give them another source,
they'll stay out of your garden. Has anyone ever tried this?
(c) Anything else? Trapping seems ineffective. Shooting is not an
option. (Nearby school, laws, being a bad shot, ..) Nor is poison.
Habitat disruption would be a very major effort.
Yes. drape inexpensive bird netting over them down to the ground. I buy it
at Ace hardware.
I have heard putting a clean pan of water near the plants they're going
after helps. It didn't work for me. The drought caused a failure of nuts
this year so they're going after our garden for the first time.
If the squirrels were large enough for me to hit them, a BB gun wouldn't
be adequate to take them down. Plus, if they were that big and I killed
one ... It just keeps getting uglier. This is not a good path to go
Chicken type wire with the small openings. It doesn't make for an
attractive garden, but it is effective.
Our tomatoes are in pots up on a third story deck and darn if that
houdini squirrel can't climb up the siding and eat our tomatoes anyway.
We put up with some loss. Can you tolerate some loss or are they eating
all your tomatoes?
Depends on how tall it is.
Try some 4 ft. and see if that works.
Bread/trashbag ties are cheap. ;-)
Use some tall stakes to wire it to, or whatever you are using for
Honestly, I have squirrels in the yard and I've never had them eat
But, I have dogs. A pair of lab/chows that would happily make short
work of them if they caught them. ;-)
I've used the 2" chicken wire over the ground (successfully) to prevent
them from digging up bulbs.
I never found a real significant difference, but Pellets are
ballistically superior to BB's for sure due to their shape. :-)
So, that might help.
Practice practice practice. Plinking with BB/Pellet guns can be fun
anyway. It's all in the aiming and trigger control.
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