Something Is Stealing My Tomatoes

I used to have two big tomatoes, and numerous tiny tomatoes. Let us focus on the big ones.


This photo is from two weeks ago.  When I moved last week, they were reddening.  And Tuesday, I found them mostly gone.

I say mostly, because on the patio a few feet away, the perps had left this grisly scene:

The GF speculated deer, and the housemates testified that squirrels had been stealing things from the plants.  These tomatoes would have required two body-building squirrels, at least, and our yard is fenced and nowhere near any deer habitats.

Any ideas on what the culprit might be, or, more importantly, how to keep them away from my tomatoes in the future?

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2 Responses to “Something Is Stealing My Tomatoes”


  1. 1 Kestrel August 9, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Hrm, I didn’t see the shattered tomato. Look for bitemarks or something? It’s probably squirrels, since they didn’t seem to have eaten much where a possum or racoon might have..

    No idea, though.

  2. 2 Jaynee August 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    I vote for the raccoon. From your photo, the removal seems surgical. They are the most adorable little thieves. We grew up in a modern house with floor to ceiling glass windows (and a few doors also). For about five years we fed a family of raccoons, with babies, and they’re fruit-aholics. Watch your corn crop as well. If you’re interested in trying to catch them, put out a flimsy aluminum pan of water. When they pick your tomato and wash it (as they will ALWAYS do), their weight plus booty will probably make a bit of racket and wake you up, and even if you don’t get to keep your tomato, you might get to see the show. Keep the porch light on and your camera near-by.

    http://forums.thestranger.com/archive/index.php/t-4145.html

    and

    http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/aug/15/raccoon_cravings_take_toll_spent_gardens/


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