[NAFEX] critters stealing tomatoes

Brungardt, Sam (MPCA) sam.brungardt at state.mn.us
Mon Sep 12 11:28:57 EDT 2011


Yes, groundhogs can both climb fences and slip/burrow underneath them.

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From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Michele Stanton
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 10:23 AM
To: 'North American Fruit Explorers'
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] critters stealing tomatoes

Hmmm....  that's the one critter I didn't suspect. I've never seen them in
my yard, although I know we have the occasional coon, possum, lots of
squirrels and chipmunks.  Could a groundhog climb over a fence? Could one
scoot underneath like a rabbit?

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Brungardt, Sam (MPCA)
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 11:02 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] critters stealing tomatoes

Whenever I find a half-eaten tomato on the vine, I immediately suspect a
groundhog (woodchuck). -- Sam Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Michele Stanton
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 9:49 AM
To: 'North American Fruit Explorers'
Subject: [NAFEX] critters stealing tomatoes

This is slightly off topic, but some critter is stealing my tomatoes as they
turn color.

They are taken clean off the vine, no damage to the vines (caged). One large
nice tomato was half-eaten on the vine but the rest are just gone-no
leftovers on the ground or anything.  This is a small garden, the losses
right now are 100%, so it's not a matter of sharing a few, etc.

I have a 2' high fence to keep rabbits out, but total fencing is not an
option.  Adjacent green beans, cucumbers, hot peppers are untouched.

I have heard raccoons are noted for this; are opossums?

 

Has anyone had luck with liquid fence or other spray-on repellents for this
problem?  

 

Michele in SW Ohio

 

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