rats eating my tomatoes

I grow 10 tomatoes in very large pots,I have very good tomato production but the rats get them before I do. We have wrapped the pots w/plastic sheeting,we have done a lot of things to deter them but to no avail.I have about decided to give up growing tomatoes but I really don't want to.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi,

Thanks for writing. This, as you've discovered, is a very tough problem because rats are very intelligent and determined.

The best advice I've heard is to make the area as unfriendly to rats as possible: Clean up any debris areas, put woodpiles on legs so they're above the ground, and eliminate any areas from your yard where the rats may be living.

There are a variety of deterrents such as  Shake-Away or Animal Stopper that you can try using. They have varying degrees of effectiveness.

If you have a spot where you can grow your tomatoes in hanging baskets, that may also offer a solution because the tomatoes will be very difficult for the rats to get to.

If your community allows for it, you might consider trapping or baiting the rats --- but rules about this vary from community to community. And there's no garauntee that new rats won't find your tomatoes.

Good luck!

---Justin
Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com
Better Homes and Gardens

Other than that, I'm afraid I have no other solutions. This is one of those situations where there's no magic answer.


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