Dang squirrels in my tomatoes!!
We noticed a few tomatoes with teeth/claw marks in them yesterday, and wondered what was getting them. Then today, caught 2 squirrels red handed! Dang!!
So I put a few tactics out that I hope will help -
* cut up some tin foil pans and tied them with string to the tomato supports hoping they'll make some noise and the movement might deter them
* cut up some Irish Spring soap and stuck skewers in them, then place around the perimeter of the tomatoes (heard they don't like the smell). Hubby is wondering when the soap deteriorates from rain, will residue going into the ground harm the plants?
* sprinkled red pepper flakes all around the plants
* made a mix of hot pepper sauce and vicks vaporub and coating the foil with it, as well as along the top of the fence which borders the garden.
I also plan on making a scarecrow. Surely (hopefully) one of these will help scare away the varmints!! As last resort, hubby heard about making a trap with plastic pipe - guess you close one end off and fill the bottom with water, then you coat some peanut butter in the center of the inside of the pipe and lean the pipe up against the fence. The squirrels go in for the peanut butter, but can't get out - and, unfortunately, drown :( I really don't like that part, but I also really hate to see our tomatoes go to them instead of us!! Hopefully the other things will keep them away and they won't end up in the trap.
Anyone else having problems with the squirrels in other things besides corn?