The Q&A Archives: Something Eating My Impatients

Question: I live in a wooded area and have always had beautiful impatients. This year something is eating them. I have been seeing chipmunks frequently in the front lawn. Would this be the culprit? What can I use to deter the chipmunks?

Answer: Although I have never seen a chipmunk bother impatiens, I would not rule it out, either. It could also be (more likely) a woodchuck or a deer. You might try using a repellent spray, either the commercially prepared types or home-made using garlic and/or red pepper.

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