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Old 08-08-2019, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Seacat FL View Post
My wife would see if they wanted lettuce and bacon bits with their tomatoes
don't forget the DUKE'S!
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A. Spray the tomatoes with POISON that way they will die after ingesting a tomatoe.



B. Spray the tomatoes with Roundup that way they will die and the munks won't return for food handouts.


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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
I'll send you $50 to guy buy some tomatoes
killing those little guys ain't right......
I don't like killing things either so instead I am trying to find a repellent to keep them away. With that said it really sucks when you literally can't enjoy the fruits of your labor. I can't tell you how much time and money I have invested in this small garden, just so we can enjoy some fresh tomatoes for a couple of short months.

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We planted marigolds throughout the garden this year, works great! Keeps squirrels, chipmunks, deer away.
I will definitely plant some of those next year. Heck, I might even try it this year if I can find any potted ones. Thank you for the suggestion!

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Plastic owl or hawk?
That's the current plan... I bought a decoy owl and ordered several fake snakes from Amazon, which I plan on placing around the garden. I will also move them to a new spot each day.

I also bought a gigantic jar of minced garlic which I will sprinkle around as well. Supposedly they hate the smell. I have my doubts, but I am willing to try anything right now.

If none of that works...I might have to setup some traps.
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this way is way more fun. But a real man would use 3-4 20# tanks to get the job done.

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Old 08-08-2019, 11:39 AM
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How about a good sprinkling of red pepper or cayenne pepper?
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:14 PM
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Agree with Mike 100%.

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Originally Posted by dolfan1 View Post
We planted marigolds throughout the garden this year, works great! Keeps squirrels, chipmunks, deer away.


This.....works 100% BUT there's a trick!

For every tomato plant you have you need to plant 3-4 marigolds to make certain you surround the tomato plant. I had 25 tomato plants and 150 marigolds planted around them. Not a single bug, no squirrels, Nothing touched them because of the wonderful aroma, animal hate the smell.

I did grow all of my marigolds from seed though, 1000 x cheaper.

In your case I would take the time to enclose the plants with either chicken wire if holes are small enough, or bird netting. Now, Chipmunks will dig so make sure there's a barrier where they can't just tunnel under.

Also...to cull the heard....Rat traps....15 or so should do the trick.
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:26 PM
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Once I had animals doing this, thought they were chipmunks.. put out some live 'havahart' traps and caught some big rats instead.

Snap traps for me.
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Place some tiny “NO TRESPASSING” signs around your garden. If that doesn’t work replace the signs with Claymore mines. Just make sure you face them toward the enemy.
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Large metal trashcan half filled with water. Plank from the ground to the lip of the can. Aluminum foil boat with 2 Oreo's in it. End of problem.
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Old 08-08-2019, 02:10 PM
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Squirrels are stealing all mine. The one I see most often is so fat it can barely move. Eats all my tomatoes, even the green ones. I got some pepper spray stuff that's supposed to keep them from eating, we'll see if it works too early to tell as I just got the spray yesterday.
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First you mark your property lines and then tell them.........nevermind, just get a dog that resembles a fox. I bet a wiener dog would wreak havoc.
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Originally Posted by Devil_Inside View Post
I don't like killing things either so instead I am trying to find a repellent to keep them away. With that said it really sucks when you literally can't enjoy the fruits of your labor. I can't tell you how much time and money I have invested in this small garden, just so we can enjoy some fresh tomatoes for a couple of short months.



I will definitely plant some of those next year. Heck, I might even try it this year if I can find any potted ones. Thank you for the suggestion!



That's the current plan... I bought a decoy owl and ordered several fake snakes from Amazon, which I plan on placing around the garden. I will also move them to a new spot each day.

I also bought a gigantic jar of minced garlic which I will sprinkle around as well. Supposedly they hate the smell. I have my doubts, but I am willing to try anything right now.

If none of that works...I might have to setup some traps.
weve had em for years... .garlic is ineffective, store bought natural deterents are too....honestly to each their own but killing em is the only effective way. They've made a mess of my property with boros under the porch, walkway, big food stockpiles In the shed, stockpiles under the hood of cars. They're just tree rats imo
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:13 PM
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Grew tomatoes for years - at my age now we just go to Kroger's (your choice) is the best option - cheaper than the labor / cost & trying to give them all away - Buy as needed

We also used to grow a wild patch at the rear corner on the ground with zero maintenance with all kinds of vegetable seeds simply to feed the critters & they always left our main beds alone - was a great compost zone each year

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Old 08-14-2019, 03:55 PM
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Ok so I tried this stuff on my Tomatoes that the squirrels were destroying, they ate every single tomato while they were green and I'm really not going to screen my plants in so had to try something else. This stuff has mixed reviews but it's kept the squirrels away for a week now with only 2 squirting sessions.

This stuff is disgusting. It smells like a mixture of barf, butt, garlic, and hot dogs, but it works, I have tons of tomatoes again. I thought it was pepper spray but this one doesn't have any peppers.

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Old 08-14-2019, 06:42 PM
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Well, garlic didn't work and neither did cayenne pepper. The fake owl was also a waste of money. I ended up setting up a couple Haveaheart traps with chunky peanut butter and within a few hours Alvin was caught. Thus far I have only caught one chipmunk, but I also haven't lost any more tomatoes. Fingers crossed.
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