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Get Your Backyard Birds To Eat Those Tomato Hornworms

By Newyorkrita
August 16, 2016

I hardly ever can spot those nasty tomato hornworms. I let my feathered friends do it for me.

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Polymerous
Aug 15, 2016 7:08 PM CST
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I never really thought about it before, but maybe that explains why we always had tomato hornworms at our old houses (not that many trees = not that many birds), but seldom do here at our present house (an abundance of trees = lots of hungry birds).

(We can't put out birdseed to feed them; the neighborhood also has an abundance of rats. Fortunately we don't seem to need to. The birds do fine foraging seed heads and fruit on various trees, shrubs, and plants (both ours and in the neighborhood), and some of them also take care of quite a few snails. I wish more of them went after the various flies here, though!)
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ctcarol
Aug 16, 2016 2:01 PM CST
That works with some birds. I have mocking birds here, and they sample the tomatoes....as well as any other fruit that's soft.
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Newyorkrita
Aug 16, 2016 8:18 PM CST
I have both Catbirds and Mockingbirds here in the garden. They leave the tomatoes alone. More than I can say for the chipmunk who likes to eat some tomatoes.
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ctcarol
Aug 16, 2016 9:17 PM CST
Hmm. Sounds like the critters have varied tastes much like us.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 17, 2016 9:05 AM CST
ctcarol said:Hmm. Sounds like the critters have varied tastes much like us.


I agree True.

The birds here would rather use the birdbaths and plant saucers.

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