Tomatoe holes

brian_ouimet(5 Ont)August 31, 2013

Any one know what is eating little holes in my tomatoes.

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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

usually caused by birds , try putting water dishes out for them

    Bookmark   August 31, 2013 at 10:45PM
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Bulldog74(8)

Birds doing the damage -- typically Cardinals. Had this problem for three years, tried netting, killing the birds, but finally learned the trick of training them to leave my tomatoes alone. Go to Walmart the week after christmas and buy red christmas tree balls, several packages typically for $1/pack. When your tomatoes put on small green tomatoes hang the red balls on your plants randomly. The birds will peck the red balls an learn that red in your garden is not edible, thus when your tomatoes turn red they will leave them alone. As a caution, pick at color break and ripen indoors.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 12:04AM
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Bulldog74(8)

Birds doing the damage -- typically Cardinals. Had this problem for three years, tried netting, killing the birds, but finally learned the trick of training them to leave my tomatoes alone. Go to Walmart the week after christmas and buy red christmas tree balls, several packages typically for $1/pack. When your tomatoes put on small green tomatoes hang the red balls on your plants randomly. The birds will peck the red balls an learn that red in your garden is not edible, thus when your tomatoes turn red they will leave them alone. As a caution, pick at color break and ripen indoors.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 12:06AM
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barrie2m_

Don't rule out the Tomato Fruitworm. This is the same insect as the corn earworm that also can cause havoc to tomatoes and the timing of your post suggests the possibility of Fruitworm populations in your area. Usually you will see expanding damage and even surface worms as the infestation expands. You'll wish you had birds.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 9:23AM
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twolips(z6AZ)

I love the red ornament idea, I'm going to try that one. What about that thin shiny bird tape, has anyone tried that?

    Bookmark   December 31, 2013 at 10:12AM
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tomatomike(z7NC)

I see this damage (it is a bird because it is a puncture, not eaten) from several types of birds. I find they do this most in times of drought and once they know that red means water, it becomes their target. I am going to try the red ornament idea this year. We used netting with success last year, but it is difficult because of the plants growing though it. I resorted to picking my tomatoes at late blush before they got poked. You can cut out the puncture and eat the tomato, but if it is not ripe, it will rot before it matures. Don't pick it off either, because they will return to it. Otherwise, they will find a new target fruit.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 6:15PM
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emmers_m(9a/Sunset 7 N Cal)

Has anyone found that squirrels fall for the ornament trick?

~emmers

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 10:23AM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Just put some water in the shade underneath the tomato plants. I did that last year and no more birds pecking on my tomatoes after that.
Of course, another idea is just to have a nice bird bath. You will have a lot of birds visiting you garden. The may also eat some slugs , caterpillars, etc.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 2:40AM
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yardenman(z7 MD)

I won't eat it...

    Bookmark   January 19, 2014 at 4:59AM
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