what is it?

blazepepper(7b)July 10, 2008

I noticed in my garden today what looks like some sort of small animal, well, terds, for lack of a better word. They are tiny, what I would think would be the size of a rabbit dropping, and if you look close, they are sectional, almost like a grenade looks on the outside. Its everywhere in my garden box, in which i grown tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. But I havent noticed any fruit or vegetation being eaten. DO I have cause for concern, anyone know what this might be> my garden, raised bed box,, is about 6 x 5, and is inside of my backyar privacy fence. thanks

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satellitehead(z8 ATL Metro)

Sounds like rat/mouse droppings to me, suppose they could be chipmunks as well, I've never seen chipmunk poop, but rat poop is ovular, grenade-like, about half the size of a Tic-Tac candy for mice, possibly as big as a Tic-Tac for rats.

Squirrels have been getting up on our deck this year, they seem to poop in a swirl, piled up in a coil, which I find incredibly fascinating. I've never actually seen them do it, but they always appear on the railings the same day that digging in our pots occurs.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 1:05PM
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blazepepper(7b)

If it is mouse/rat terds, then my question is, why are they here? and what should I do to get rid of them? I've never seen anything like that here, are they nocternal?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 2:04PM
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blazepepper(7b)

Did some more research, confirmed it was green horned tomato worm terds. Then I looked on all my plants for them, but only found one. good news is that it had already been infested w/ the parasitc wasps so I let it be.
thanks/

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 10:09PM
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satellitehead(z8 ATL Metro)

this is one of those things you can be super proud about figuring out, but you can't tell any of your non-gardening friends, lest they're bound to think, "you were researching poop on the internet?"

:)

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 12:49PM
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