are birds eating my tomatoes

Tell The Birds To Go Away

Birds are our problem if we’re not fighting rats that are consuming our corn. The birds are pecking at our cherry tomatoes if they aren’t chasing after our baby bean and pea seedlings. The birds may be elusive at times, but you can unmistakably see their calling card on your tomatoes.

Our gorgeous cherry tomatoes are grown here, and the birds are drawn to them with their beaks and eyes. Tomatoes are frequently found on the ground, pecked away from the plant, or still on the plant with ripe tomato splatters all over them from the beak.

Our top three strategies for deterring birds from eating tomatoes are listed below; these tactics also work for strawberries, corn, and peas. With a lot of tomatoes, you should be able to grow an endless supply of stewed tomatoes and cherry tomato sauce!

are birds eating my tomatoes

Fine Gardening Project Guides

are birds eating my tomatoes

Without tomatoes, a garden cannot be considered complete, and those of us who are passionate about tomatoes deal with a number of pest issues every year. From the tomato hornworm, which can decapitate young transplants in a matter of days, to the cutworm, which can kill young transplants over night, to the leaf miners and flea beetles, which are notorious for causing unique types of leaf damage, But nothing compares to the merciless attacks on tomatoes like the mockingbird, the state bird of Texas.

Among all the flying animals, this one is a mainstay here in North Texas; one can hear its yammering and singing every day. I used a series of “cubes,” or square box cages, to protect my tomato plants for many years. These cages were made essentially of wood frames covered in metal chicken wire. Although this technique provided almost perfect protection from the mockingbirds, it was at best difficult to access, maintain, and harvest the tomato plants.

I knew I had to try something new this year because the cube cages had reached the end of their useful life and were breaking apart. I had spoken with a number of individuals who had not experienced any issues with the mockingbirds in order to ascertain what they were (or were not) doing. Most of them appeared to have something that scared or distracted them.

Of course, all you have to do is cover the tomatoes with bird netting or something similar, but I wanted to try something new. Here’s how I’ve set up my “tomato defense system,” which should help you deter birds from eating your tomatoes as well.

STEP 1 – Give them what they want.

What! Are you serious? Yep. Putting a birdbath at the other end of the garden isn’t really a deterrent, though Why were the birds making big holes in my gorgeous tomatoes, you ask? Water They were probably thirsty and aware that the fruit contained a sizable amount of liquid. I reasoned that if they found out they had an easy way to get to water, they might not be as desperate—especially during the harsh dry summers we get here. After all, they were after the water, so why not give them what they needed?

FAQ

How do I protect my tomatoes from being eaten?

Bird netting helps protect tomato plants in the garden. Barriers, such as fencing, prevent animals from getting the goods. Chickenwire or plastic mesh fencing or lightweight bird netting (available at garden centers) can be installed around a pot or a row of plants.

What animal eats my tomatoes at night?

Known nibblers on home-grown tomatoes include birds, rabbits, squirrels (both ground and tree), rats, hornworms, and even slugs and snails. Start by doing some detective work to figure out likely suspects. In this case, the half-eaten tomato was on the ground near the plant.

How do I keep mocking birds away from my tomatoes?

One approach is to protect the tomato plants with a physical structure such as a cage or netting around the plants. This will ensure that the birds cannot reach the tomatoes. If using netting, check it frequently to make sure birds or other animals don’t get tangled and trapped in it.