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Posted by abayomi (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 8, 11 at 17:31

Lost some large brad's black heart and moskovich tomatoes to something large. Half eaten green tomatoes. I suspect rats as I've seen them crawling in the bushes at the edges of the property.

Has anyone had, solved this problem?

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RE: rats!

Get a cat :)

RE: rats!

Rats are common where I live. for ground rats I rigged up a large coffee can, cut a hole in the lid only large enough for rodents and glued block rat poison inside. Then I put that inside, I think an upside down plastic milk crate weighted with heavy potted plant. Put it right by my tomatoes. In a few days, dead rats. Had many dogs at the time so took extra precautions. Did not like using poison but did not like having all my tomatoes chomped either. Linda

RE: rats!

Agrant - funny thing is there are cats in the area. In fact they love my plastic mulch. Fed too good to catch rats though.

I may have to resort to poison which I have been looking to avoid. Thanks Linda.

RE: rats!

I have the same problem. Something is taking big bites out of my tomatoes. I am using DCon poison. I also set out some Smack-Rat-Traps too.
Something is eating the poison but I don't know what. I haven't seen any dead bodies.
But it could be squirrels too. I set out some Conibear 110 traps for the squirrels and rabbits. I also have a have-a-heart trap that catches them alive. One year I caught 28 rabbits. They chew up my blueberries, raspberries, roses and hydrangeas.
I hate to kill the furry little things, but I get so angry when I work so hard and the rodents spoil it.
The Conibear 110 can be found at a trap store by doing a google search on "Conibear Trap" And the 110 size is the right size for a squirrel or rabbit.
A Conibear 110 will only cost about $10, but you will also need the big lever-setter-plyers too. I don't use the big plyers, but I have strong hands.
For those of you who object to seeing a squirrel killed in a Conibear 110, please do not watch this:
But this is how a Conibear 110 Trap works, - Very well!

RE: rats!

28 wild rabbits!

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