...Thank You Lloyd for putting this up! Here are some pics from the back...
...oops, guess not, files too large, no option to smaller them on my phone...means I think, I have to get a camera where I can control the size of the pics. Thank goodness for all this technology...I have never been so convenienced in all my life!!!
Catastrophe this year! Canine distemper killed most of Toronto's racoons last year. This may have led to decreased competition and a plague of squirrels this year. Then an epidemic of Gypsy moths ate all the Oak leaves so there are hardly any acorns this year. So there are now hordes of starving squirrels in Toronto. So for the first time in 10 years they began to ravage my tomatoes on the deck. I tried chicken manure, ultrasonic emitters with no results. Netting merely slowed them down. Sticky traps didn't work and neither did rat zappers, they were too hairy. Finally mouse traps baited with peanut butter and walnuts and improved netting and supports to hold the netting seem to be working. The snap traps scare the squirrels so much they seem to be keeping away! I hope it lasts. I put the traps on the ground and on the Earth Boxes™ Mouse traps are cheap and easy. Netting and supports are annoying but working so far.
Lots of damage to leaves, stems and tomatoes plus the loss of dozens of ripe and green fruit. The squirrels didn't even eat the tomatoes, they just savaged them. They're just starving and desperate. Also the plants don't do as well compressed by the netting which also inhibits pollinators. At least I gave the critters some shocking operant conditioning.