Any suggestions for deterring squirrels from eating my beautiful tomatoes?
It doesn't seem to matter to them if they are ripe or green. The plants can
be full of fruit when I leave for work in the morning and quite sparse when
I come home in the afternoon.
Thanks in advance,
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If you use a BB/pellet gun, most everywhere in the US allows this as a removal
of a nuisance creature. Check with your local law enforcement, to be sure, but
emphasize that the animals are destroying property and that you plan to shoot
them with an air gun. The main problem you may have is that many people hunt
squirrels for food, and so their is an established hunting season for the
If you do decide to shoot them [and I've been doing it on an off for years],
get a BB gun that can shoot at a high velocity, use flat-head pellets, and
practice before you go out to shoot them. Squirrels are tough creatures, and
it isn't easy to kill them with a single shot from a BB gun. If you hit them
anywhere behind the front legs, they'll likely run away and suffer. Hitting
them in the head or in front of the legs with a BB also won't ensure a quick
kill. A flat-head pellet to the chest or head will knock them down, and you
can finish them with another shot if necessary. I'm a pretty dead shot with my
BB gun, and can knock a squirrel down anywhere out to about 50 yards. But I
always use the pellets, and won't shoot if I can't hit the head.
Lead (.22 cal) or a rat trap baited with sunflower seeds sprinkled over
the trigger. (Put the baited rat trap inside a plastic bucket so birds will
not be attracted) The little bastards seem to eat just enough of a tomato to
destroy it and then move on to the next. Encourage weasels and large snakes
or anything that dines on squirrels. Apparently they are good to eat.
(Death to the Rats!!!)
For us city folk, that's not an option. Also, my next-door neighbor uses a .22
[against the law] loaded with hollow-point shorts. It is much louder than my
air gun. More effective, for sure. But deinfitely louder. We can all tell when
Definitely a stupid thing to do in the city. "CB" rounds refer to
cartridges that produce low velocity and reduced noise. Ballistically,
they are similar to a .22 Caliber air rifle and are used for indoor
shooting, and close range pest control.
I had problems with *something* (likely birds) putting holes in my
tomatoes. The theory was whatever was doing it was thirsty, so I put
out some pots with water in them, and the problems stopped (I garden
in California, where there's no rain to speak of during the summer
months). Not sure if it'll apply in your case, but might be worth a
I had the same problem with Squirrels. I tried fake owls, fake rattle
snakes, Poison (they got fat and happy but not dead) and fencing. Nothing
worked until I decided to trap them. I called a company called Havahart and
ordered 2 squirrel sized varmint traps. I couldn't believe how well these
things worked. Caught about 24 squirrels in little over a week (use tomatoes
or squirrel grub as bait). The only bad thing was I had to drive them about
5 miles away otherwise I was told they would find their way back. I probably
could have a had a whole summers worth of squirrel jerky if I caught the
I have not had problem with squirrels since
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