Help! Fruit Rats eating my tomatoes

Twinkledome(CaZ23)June 26, 2004

I have come to the conclusion that it is fruit rats that are taking bites out of my tomatoes, even green ones. I put up a metal fencing and that didn't stop the problem, then, yesterday, I encased my tomatoes in bird netting, and it struck last night. My tomatoes are in 15 gallon black plastic pots, perched on top of a retaining wall and backing to a wooden 6' fence. I think maybe the rats are coming right down the fence.

What can I do to seal these nasty critters out? I'll be durned if they are going to enjoy all my hard work and delicious harvest.

Any ideas? I have a cat so I can't poison them.

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trowelgal(Kansas Zone 5)

What is a fruit rat? I don't think I we have those in Kansas. Squirrels are a problem here.
Could you hang a wind chime on the tomato cage that would make a sound and scare them off? How about a "motion sensor" light installed at the top of the fence? Hope you find something that will work so you can enjoy your tomatoes.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2004 at 10:16AM
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