Tomatoes on plants being eaten - Knowledgebase Question

Galveston, TX
Question by matijevicha
May 24, 2005
Rippening tomatoes on plants being eaten by some sort of bug - 1/4 to 1/2 eaten out. Only noticed when tomatoes were ripe & I picked to eat. I was told by friend it was black birds but I don't think so. What should I do to salvage the plants and what's left of the other unripe tomatoes? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
May 24, 2005


It sounds like it could be damage from snails or slugs, or from 4-legged critters such as raccoons, or even from birds. The only sure way to keep your tomatoes from being eaten is to cover the plants with birdnetting. You might set a few traps out for snails, while you're at it - just to cover all the bases. Best wishes with your tomatoes!

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