Help! Squirrels are eating my green tomatoes.

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by nostalgia, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. nostalgia

    nostalgia Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2003
    I wouldn't have believed it if I had not seen it with my own eyes. Every day or so I would find some of my green tomatoes missing. I knew it wasn't deer because there were no tracks. The rabbits couldn't reach them. Then today I caught the thievin' rascal in the act. It was a gray squirrel. What he was doing was climbing up the supports and getting the tomatoes off. He would rip the tomato apart in little bits and spit out the tomato chunks and eat the seeds. He wasn't the only one, there was another one in the garden doing the same thing.

    Has anyone has this problem? What can I do to stop them from doing this? Surely there must be something they are afraid of besides a gun? :( Please help me if you can. :)
  2. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

    May 20, 2004
    SE Missouri
    Squirrels are hard! Can you put strong pepper spray all over the tomatoes? It might help. You could also try fake snakes. I know birds will stay away if they see one. Electric fence? Build a huge cage around the tomatoes? Borrow that cat from over on GC? A boy with a new BB gun?

  3. Camp out there & shoot them on sight, then surround your plants with the dead bodies as a warning to their Squirrel-Buddies!
  4. silver

    silver Active Member

    Feb 14, 2004
    Well, if you are going to shoot em, then skin em out and eat them. Leave the inerds and such as a warning, but for goodnes sake don't waste the meat. It is so good.
  5. Michael83705

    Michael83705 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2004
    Boise, Idaho

    Dust em with cayenne powder. I don't even dust anymore much cuz they think they taste bad kinda like when the electric fence is off and the cow still avoids it :) Now if I could just get em to stop stealing the pears! hehe... I'm going to plant another pear tree a little farther from the walnut tree some year!
  6. countrygrrrl

    countrygrrrl PITA

    Aug 4, 2003
    Zone Unknown
    Squirrels! :mad:

    I throw things and scream at them. :yeeha: Around here, they really like to get going about 6 pm --- so I have my desk positioned to watch the tomatoes. They'll get to sneaking around just about 6 pm, and I just lean over and scream HEY YOU!! GET OUTTA THERE!


    If they come back (which they always do), then I resort to throwing things.
  7. I have had success with one of those plastic owls on a broomstick. It looks pretty convincing with realistic eyes. I just have to move it to another spot every day or 2
  8. suelandress

    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

    May 10, 2002
    The Quiet Corner of CT

    LOL I have tried this tactic with our resident deer and her fawn. She thinks I'm crazy....and so does my hubby :haha: :haha: It doesn't deter her in the least!!
  9. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 11, 2002
    Tie someones dog close to the tomatoes. Be sure he is smart enough to bark at them.
    A live trap would let you take him back to the city where squirrels belong.