Squirrels Eating My Tomatoes - Knowledgebase Question

Encino, CA
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Question by jeannine_rou
July 25, 1999
I have a problem with squirrels eating my tomatoes, they are averaging 3 to 5 tomatoes a day!..What can I do
to combat this problem?....Help!..I'm losing my crops to squirrels!..

Answer from NGA
July 25, 1999
Dealing with squirrel is tough, but there may be some help for you.

One of the easiest solutions is to cover the soil around planting beds with sheets of 1-2 inch diameter wire mesh. Squirrels don't like to walk on it.

You can also try pruning trees so the lowest branches are at least 6 feet above ground and placing 2 foot wide metal bands around the tree trunks, positioning them so the bottom of each band is at least 2 feet off the ground. This will discourage squirrels from taking up residence in your yard.

I realize these aren't really simple solutions...but it's not a simple problem! Are you sure that squirrels are the only culprit? Could you also be having trouble with a woodchuck, or a family of rabbits?

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