Sharing with rodents - Knowledgebase Question

Essex Junction, Ve
Question by rob784
September 28, 2009
Some of our carrots have been nibbled near the top by some furry friends. Is it okay to eat these carrots anyway? Wouldn't that be like inviting a rodent to eat off your dinner plate? Is disease a worry when this happens?

Answer from NGA
September 28, 2009


I would be inclined to harvest the carrots and simply cut away the damaged portions. You might be surprised what kinds of critters munch on the crops grown in agricultural areas! I think the carrots are safe. When a plant is damaged it usually compartmentalizes the damage (seals it off) so I don't think bunny drool will travel throughout the carrot.

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