[Market-farming] drip tape chewing

clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com
Mon Jun 27 14:07:52 EDT 2011

The vast majority of my tape goes under black plastic mulch.  I don't ever recall having a problem with the tape being chewed on under it.

Kurt Forman
Clearview Farm
Palmyra, NY 14522

--- barkingcatfarm at mindspring.com wrote:

From: Barking Cat Farm <barkingcatfarm at mindspring.com>
To: Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [Market-farming] drip tape chewing
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:45:31 -0500


We're having a lot of trouble with something chewing our drip tape. We haven't caught them in the act nor have we found droppings yet to help us decide if it is rabbits or rats or voles etc. I looked at the archives and the advice I found to deal with this was:

- cover the tape
- sprinkle blood meal

Has anyone tried either or both of those with any success? How about providing supplemental water (in a small tank or saucer) nearby but not in the crop field? We're tired of fixing major leaks in the drip tape every day. Our other thought is to add a much lower wire to our electric fence which would in theory stop rabbits and larger varmints like raccoons but not rodents. 

Any advice or real life feedback is appreciated. 

Barking Cat Farm
NE Texas where the forecast is hot & dry with a chance of hotter & drier by the weekend
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