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Voles are small mouse-like animals that do severe damage to tomato plants. The animals sometimes chew the stems and leaves, or they may just eat through the stems, leaving a severed tomato plant. Often, evidence that voles are eating your plants are narrow grooves in the leaves, which are created by the animal's two front teeth. Voles live in tunnels, usually located in leaves or grassy areas near the garden. Destroying the tunnels is one of the best ways to discourage voles. A wire cage, using 1/4-inch mesh, may also be effective. Voles often attract owls and hawks, which serve as the best control.
Mine have been eaten by birds, on occasions. I know deer, coons and few other animals like ripe tomatoes too.
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Mole or vole damage to plants is oftentimes not detected until it is too late to save the plant. These animal pests eat the roots of the plant, not anything above the ground. In fact, you will most likely never see the mole or vole because if they do come above ground, it is usually only at night and even then it is rare. So, if foliage and fruits of your tomato plant are being eaten by something, it’s very unlikely that it is moles or voles. This is not a
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Ah, I never even thought it could be a bird but after reading that post now I feel differently. Last year the deer went to town on my tomato plants in my NJ garden and they left their fertilizer everywhere. This year some of the tops of my tomatoes- leaves primarily, have been eaten. I didn't notice any deer fertilizer anywhere though which is good. I saved large Costco sized onion and potato mesh bags and covered every plant. So far, so good. The plants are still able to expand, receive sunlight and will hopefully keep the animals away. Thanks for all your tips!Buy a cat and a dog. If it is a small animal, cat will chase it away. If it is a big one, dog will do the job. On the second thought, what if they start chasing each other right on the spot where tomato plants grow?Do you have any experience with your tomato plants being devoured starting about 12 inches off the ground, and at the same time, any unripened tomatoes being eaten, even if they were 1 inch from the ground? Some marauder came into my garden last night and ate 17 of 19 set tomatoes on one plant. And ate nothing else.

This is not an insect attack. The critter left droppings which I can't identify. But no foot prints, because the ground is dry and hard as rock for the heat and lack of water we are experiencing here now in the northeast USA.

We have seen foxes in our community over the last year or so, but no deer. It's not a groundhog, because a groundhog would not be selective; it would have eaten the marigolds, parsley, and flowering plants, too.

It's been so hot and dry here that a robust tomato plant with 19 set tomatoes, watered every day, would be a refreshing oasis for an animal who is thirsty.

Meanwhile, since last night's attack (there are more tomato plants in the garden that were not attacked), I've anchored dog hair to the ground around the tomatoes in an attempt to ward off something like a fox or squirrel or skunk (they don't like the smell of dogs), and I've done the Internet research and came up with nothing.

Suggestions?Eating the tomato might actually be worse (ethically) because the tomato pickers might experience more suffering than the animals since they are fully aware of their conditions, their future, and the effects on their families.Eating the tomato might be worse (ethically) because humans have higher rational, cognitive capabilities than animals and therefore taking those capabilities away from them is a larger loss than taking them away from animals.I don't think so, Steve. One of the almost-ripe tomatoes was left on the ground, partially eaten, meaning the animal stripped the fruit from the plant first. I don't think a bird could do that, unless it was a hawk or eagle, but they are strictly carnivores.