Who's eating my melons?
Sorry about no picture, but there's really not much left.
I had a melon about 9 inch diameter, thas was almost ripe. It was torn from the stem, and something ate a hole in it about the size of a tennis ball. My first thought was rabbits. So I patched up along the bottom of the fence (6 foot high wood) that surrounds my back yard. There were a couple places where rabbits could get under. So I figured that would do it. I left the melon where it was.
Next morning about half of it was eaten. By the amount eaten and the tooth marks, I know this is a large animal, not mice. Fencing shows no signs of breach, so I know it's not rabbits or deer. This morning the melon is eaten right down to the rind, and one part of the rind is next to a tree, about 40 feet from where I left it last night. No signs of rabbits again.
So I'm thinking Squirrels. But I've never had problems with Squirrels eating melons. Tomatoes yes, sunflowers yes, bird seed (of course) but canteloupe?
Anybody ever hear of that?
Any recommendations on deterrents or effective controls for the tree rats?