Insect or Critter? Big Attack

lesmcJuly 25, 2013

I am so upset about this damage on all of my lilies. I put cages around them for protection but something is doing major damage. I would really appreciate your input on this problem. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Lesley

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Critter. Squirrels perhaps.

tj

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 12:45AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Squirrels are the first thing that comes to mind for me, as well.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 4:06AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Rabbits, Deer, gophers, ground hogs,, probably but not squirrels.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 6:20AM
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calliope(6)

agree with kimmsr

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 10:19AM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

If anyone thinks that is deer damage, they've never had deer :)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 1:07PM
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calliope(6)

I don't think it so much deer damage but I do rodent. I do not think squirrel. They get blamed for so much damage they don't do. Deer won't go to the base of a lily to munch.......and the lily would not still be standing and I see no way they could get their heads down to ground level inside that tiny cage. Something is either climbing up the cage and into the lilies or has a hole in the soil under those leaves. Vole, mouse, rat, chipmunk.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 4:37PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Anywhere I've lived, squirrels have been active in chawing on and stripping plants. Damage can occur at the ground level or high up in a tree. They do it for food, for moisture, for nest making material.

Voles are a possibility, too, besides rabbits.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 4:59PM
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