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Old 03-04-2011, 11:12 AM
Location: Texas.
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This last gardening season I planted tomatoes as usual and found that the squirrels were eatting them up before they would rippen (green). They are in raised beds in a dog kennell enclosure and the top is covered with a small mesh netting for protection. This is not a deer problem or insects. Unfortunately the squirrels are small enough to fit through the gaps in the enclosure panels. Any suggestions what is a safe deterent?
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:28 AM
Location: Marion, IN
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I will loan you my dog. I promise she won't hurt the squirrels, but they will no longer be brave enough to step foot in your yard.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:32 PM
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Cover your enclosure panels with metal hardware cloth or chicken wire. The squirrels won't be able to go through the smaller holes.
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:20 PM
Location: overlooking the mighty MO
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never heard of tree rats eating tomatoes-- just use a .22 and fry the rat up-- makes for a good dinner-- serve with a side of sliced tomatoes
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:32 PM
Location: southwestern PA
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Are you sure that it is squirrels and not chipmunks?
The chippys nibble green tomatoes here....
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:02 PM
Location: Pomona
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You need this ...

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Old 03-04-2011, 05:40 PM
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Oh, my dear, late Brittany spaniel would have been in heaven (now, she really is) chasing those critters.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:36 PM
Location: Cary, NC
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I bet it's rabbits eating them or birds pecking at them. I doubt squirrels would get at them.
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:15 PM
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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A 15 buck pellet pistol, or your handgun with smallest load will be effective...
GL, mD
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:22 AM
Location: Puposky MN
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Do you like cats? A really big one would help with your squirrel problem if let outside.
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