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Bamboo Being Eaten by Birds or Mice!!

Posted by stevo_2007 San Francisco, CA (My Page) on
Wed, May 7, 08 at 19:24

Hi, I have three beautiful bamboo plants and they are doing quite well but last week some animal started eating/decimating them. I think its a mouse of some sort as I can see a few rather small black "poops" on the deck around the plants. Ive attempted to block off any way of the mice getting into the deck area and Ive built these (see photos) sheet metal barriers around the planters to try to keep them out. They seem to come both during the day when we are at work and during the night. Has any one had this problem before? I did a search on GW and saw someone talking about Sparrows eating her Bamboo but I dont see any references to mice eating them. Any one have any thoughts about how I can stop this since my sheet metal barriers dont seem to be working?

And why the heck are they eating them in the first place? Really strange.

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RE: Bamboo Being Eaten by Birds or Mice!!

  • Posted by kudzu9 Zone 8b, WA (My Page) on
    Wed, May 7, 08 at 20:48

I don't think it's mice or birds. However, squirrels are notorious for destroying bamboo shoots...they like the high sugar content in the tender shoots. To deal with this problem, see my answer in this forum to the poster whose topic is: "squirrels chewing moso shoots."

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