I've been waiting all season for red tomatoes.
Now that I finally have them, the Squirrels are eating them while
they're still on the plants.
Some clown posted about some fake ultrasonic device that doesn't
really work in another ng.
Does anyone have any real advice about how to stop the squirrels??
"A couple of the sounds that I really like are the sounds of a switchblade and a
The only thing that I found works with garden pests is a shotgun - I prefer
a 16 guage, but a 12 or 20 should work as well.
BTW, I didn't realize squirells went for tomatoes. We have tomatoes and we
have squirrels - they ravage our nut trees but I never see them by the
Maybe you should try planting a nut tree.
The 12 gauge works well with the little pest, but the neighbors complain
about the noise, the other option is to buy nice tomatoes from your local
produce store, I found that last option to be a lot easier one.
Our tomato plants and flower bed have the same kind of visitors.
Couple weeks ago I bought my wife a bottle of tabasco sauce, told her
to mix it with some water, and she sprinkled it around the plants.
No more squirrel so far!
It's expensive ($85 C$N) and consists of a high speed sprinkler head
linked to a battery powered motion sensor, with limited adjustment for
sensitivity and range. I got it because my neighbors were housing a
very hungry family of 5 raccoons who made a regular trip through my
garden every night. Seemed to work for them and caused them to find a
new route, but they died/disappeared a few days ago. (Hurray!)
Thus far there is very little squirrel damage to our tomatoes, but
they are pretty smart characters, and I don't know how long this will
keep them out. When they trigger it, the noise and spray makes them
run off - at least for a moment. However I saw one creep in along the
top of the fence, then slip down among the foliage of the tomatoes
without detection. I think he triggered it on his way out, and he ran.
A few minutes later I saw him (or another?) sitting and looking at the
garden & sprinkler as if trying to 'sus out' my device. Of course, it
may be that with such ample produce available in neighboring yards
they will simply not bother with mine. But I suspect these little
devils are as perverse as I am, and will be working at decoding the
system. The battle continues - maybe I can put Tabasco in the
Whatever, I never saw a gadget I didn't want to fiddle with, and this
one is fun. Only problem is when I forget it's on - it's easy to walk
in a circle around it to get to the back of the yard, but I always
seem to be preoccupied on the way back and 'SPLAT!'. My wife finds it
funny as my expensive 'toy' startles me. . . . . Mike
Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep
voting on what to have for dinner...... James Bovard
You have my sympathy. They're doing the same thing to me. I've never
noticed this happening in previous years. This is in suburban Boston.
To add insult to injury, they usually only eat half the tomato and
leave it sitting to mock me.
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