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Old 08-17-2016, 12:12 PM
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Squirrels and tomatoes
I have had squirrels eating my tomatoes with audacity. They will pick a cherry tomato, sit on a bench and eat it while I watch 10 feet away. I have tried red Christmas balls, hanging pie plates, obnoxious spray and extra water source. Even the hawks nearby have failed. I do live in Houston so real violent actions are frowned on. Thoughts? Maybe Electric Fence?
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:49 PM
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I do everything I can to get wildlife into my garden, so maybe I'm the wrong one to reply (in fact, maybe I'll take a leaf from your book and plant cherry tomatoes next year in hopes of getting tomato loving squirrels to visit me).

But anyway, I attended a local Master Gardener presentation back in the spring and heard a suggestion that might work for you - the topic was blueberries, rather than tomatoes, but the "protection" that the Master Gardener suggested was to lightly wrap/cover the plants with the light-weight (floating?) white row cover fabric to keep away birds, squirrels, disease carrying insects etc.
As he said, if the hungry critters can't see your fruit, they will go looking elsewhere,
The row cover lets light through and is reusable for many seasons, making it a reasonable investment.

Hope that helps.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:31 AM
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That sounds plausible. I will have to check around for the material. Fall tomatoes will be coming soon. I have seen it on TV used for frost protection but have not used it here in Houston since we rarely get below freezing. Maybe I should ship you some squirrels. They are now going through my neighbor's pecan crop like little buzz saws.
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Old 08-18-2016, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Henry532016 View Post:
That sounds plausible. I will have to check around for the material. Fall tomatoes will be coming soon. I have seen it on TV used for frost protection but have not used it here in Houston since we rarely get below freezing.
Maybe I should ship you some squirrels.
They are now going through my neighbor's pecan crop like little buzz saws.
Heheh, I'll be extra cautious opening any mystery parcels that arrive in the coming days ...

No surprise that squirrels would go after pecans, huh?
Humans probably originally learned that those things were tasty by watching the fuzzers.
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You might try a wire cage (trap). Use sunflower seeds in the trap and then relocate the guys at least 10 miles away.
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I had a chipmunk destroying my posies, had a large hole near my steps.
So I put moth balls down the hole an haven't seen him since. Try that.
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I wasnt sure what was digging in my potted plants on my front porch, until I found a couple of pecans half buried in one. I set a few mouse traps, the plastic type with no teeth. They dont do a lot about catching mice, but they sure scare my dogs out of things, so tried it on the squirrels. It took a few times, but seemed to finally help.
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:26 AM
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I did get the chipmunks off my house. I found their hole an put moth balls down it an they are long gone..yippee.....
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Well after two years I believe I have validated a partial solution to squirrels eating tomatoes. I am using the white frost cloth to cover my whole row of tomatoes. I have 5 plants on a vertical trellis 9 feet long x 5 foot high. I drape the cover over the trellis and clip with clothespins. The squirrels still sneak under the cloth and get one or two tomatoes every 3 or 4 days but that is not bad. I do have a few birds peaking one or two tomatoes showing through the cloth. I am getting 1 to 2 cups everyday. The cloth does shade the plants some so heat is not a problem even here in Houston.
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