why are birds eating my tomatoes

You’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into creating the perfect veggie garden this year. As you’re out giving the garden its daily water, inspection and TLC, you notice your tomatoes, which were just small, bright green orbs yesterday, have taken on some red and orange hues. Then you spot a heart-sinking sight, a cluster of tomatoes that looks like something has taken a bite out of each one. After some of your own covert ops, you discover the culprit is birds. “Help! Birds are eating my tomatoes!” Continue reading to learn how to protect tomato plants from birds.

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!

why are birds eating my tomatoes

Keeping Birds Away from Tomatoes

Preventing birds, particularly mockingbirds, from consuming your ripening tomatoes is not always simple. Understanding that birds sometimes consume these juicy fruits just out of thirst makes managing this issue a little bit simpler. It might work well to keep birds away from tomatoes by setting up a bird bath in the garden. You can even go one step further and design a different garden just for the birds, complete with bird baths, feeders, and freely-feedable plants like viburnum, serviceberry, and coneflower. Sometimes it’s better to accommodate nature than to fight it. In addition, you can give birds a tomato plant that serves as a sacrificial decoy that they can consume while you guard the tomatoes you desire for yourself.

Protecting Tomato Plants from Birds

To keep birds away from fruits and vegetables, the majority of garden centers carry bird netting. To keep birds from getting tangled in it, this bird netting must be covered the entire plant and securely fastened to prevent birds from getting underneath it. To keep birds away from tomato plants, you can also construct cages out of wood and chicken wire. I’ve previously written about gathering seeds by encircling seed heads with nylon or mesh. You can also wrap fruits in nylon or mesh to keep birds from eating them. Things that move, spin, light up, or reflect easily frighten birds. You can use fishing line to suspend shiny whirligigs, chimes, aluminum pie pans, old CDs, or DVDs around plants that you wish to deter birds from visiting. Some gardeners advise covering and surrounding the tomatoes with a web made of fishing line or reflective tape to deter birds. To frighten birds away, you can also use flashing Christmas lights or hang glittering ornaments from the plants. Although your neighbors might think you’re crazy for decking up your tomato plants in the middle of summer like a Christmas tree, you might get enough produce to share with them.

FAQ

How do I stop birds from pecking my tomatoes?

Just buy a roll of bird netting (or deer netting) and wrap the plants all around. Use tall stakes to create a cage around the plant. Use generous proportions because tomatoes grow very fast and will grow through the mesh, making a mess.

How do you stop tomatoes from being eaten?

Critter control: Squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits 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.

Is it safe to eat tomatoes that birds have pecked?

Birds do carry diseases, so to be on the safe side, I would certainly cut out the pecked area before eating the fruit. No it’s not safe to eat a fruit that has pecked by a bird.

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.