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My ENTIRE Tomatoe garden was wiped out. I caught 6 of them and the plants began to grow but today #7 was in the trap and a few of the plants were hit. By now I should be feasting on my crop but am just seeing a few green ones and flowers. Any ideas?

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If you want to wipe them out quickly and without a mess other than having to burry them try fly bait and some Coke or . You need the granular fly bait, a dish that's only about 1 inch deep and some Coke. Put the fly bait in the dish, add the Coke. It will start to fizz somewhat but that's ok. Go to bed and wake up the next morning to find whatever you have roaming around your property dead right beside the dish.
Might sound weird but I have done this with raccoons, skunks, and possums. They for some reason can't resist it and once they have eaten a little they litterally die right beside the dish guarenteed.

Warning will kill other animals as well. Let me know how you make out.

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If you want to wipe them out quickly and without a mess other than having to burry them try fly bait and some Coke or . You need the granular fly bait, a dish that's only about 1 inch deep and some Coke. Put the fly bait in the dish, add the Coke. It will start to fizz somewhat but that's ok. Go to bed and wake up the next morning to find whatever you have roaming around your property dead right beside the dish.
Might sound weird but I have done this with raccoons, skunks, and possums. They for some reason can't resist it and once they have eaten a little they litterally die right beside the dish guarenteed.

Warning will kill other animals as well. Let me know how you make out.
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Id be careful with the flybait method. Make sure no cats or dogs will get into it. The last thing you need is the neighbor trying to figure out who poisened fluffy. Plus I think its illegal to use flybait like that,thats not its intended use. I would keep setting the live trap on a regular basis. My neighbor does and I havent seen a critter in my hood for years.
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I've had porqupine proplems in my garden for years..... I used to put up a low electric fence with a strand at 4" and another at 8" that worked pretty good....But for the last 6 years or so I have been visiting the garden after dark with my .22 the first year I shot 19 of them !! I saw some sign of them in the garden today so I am heading out in a few minutes to hopefully whack a couple
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just call the army base.

They send a warthog over and strafe my back yard every once in a while.

Seriously, make sure of local laws because some method you may use could be illegal. Weather shooting within city limits to using poison without a license. I heard some areas your not suppose to relocate.

IMO the quieter you are to the situation with your method, the less chance of problems.

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FWIW, woodchucks can climb trees quite good. Didn't know this until my daughter chased one up a tree in my back yard. She couldn't get it with her bow, so the .22 came out.

Think I'll have to try the flybait method, sounds like fun to see what is around at night. I know there's way too many coons.

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I lock the farm cats in the shop at night when I got a plate of this mix out. When I'm mixing it they can't stay away from it, I'm not sure if it smells good or what but yes it will kill anything.

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I've had porqupine proplems in my garden for years..... I used to put up a low electric fence with a strand at 4" and another at 8" that worked pretty good....But for the last 6 years or so I have been visiting the garden after dark with my .22 the first year I shot 19 of them !! I saw some sign of them in the garden today so I am heading out in a few minutes to hopefully whack a couple
Got one last nite !!
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If you're confident you know where their holes are you can drown them. Cover each hole with a pitchfork and stuff a garden hose into one of the holes and within an hour you'll see them coming up for air. Let the hole fill all the way up and they'll be history.
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Where would someone buy fly bait? I'm wearing out my pellet gun on squirrels and groundhogs.
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Where would someone buy fly bait? I'm wearing out my pellet gun on squirrels and groundhogs.
Most farm supply stores or hardware stores carry the bait. Usually comes in blue or yellow pellets.

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If you know where their holes are, stuff a chunk of dry ice in the hole, cover with a scoop of soil. End of story. No poison, no problems. Here it is illegal to relocate too. We had one that was hitting my neighbors garden. His dog finally got it. He got it, shook it, and flung it about 15' in the air. It landed in the hay field out back. Never saw it again.

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If you know where their holes are, stuff a chunk of dry ice in the hole, cover with a scoop of soil. End of story. No poison, no problems. Here it is illegal to relocate too. We had one that was hitting my neighbors garden. His dog finally got it. He got it, shook it, and flung it about 15' in the air. It landed in the hay field out back. Never saw it again.

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Didn't know this until my daughter chased one up a tree in my back yard. She couldn't get it with her bow, so the .22 came out.

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Caught 9 so far. I can't find the fly bait anywhere and websites don't ship to NY. If anyone can get it I'll be happy to pay them for it. My ship to zip is 10312. If it's avalable in NJ i'm a stones throw away fron the Outerbridge Crossing and easy to get to the Goethals and Bayonne Bridges. The plant damage has lessened but they just don't seem to be stopping.

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I also looked for FlyBait and could not find it.
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The trap and/or shoot method has always worked well for us.

Tried relocating twice. Not going to bother again. The first time the same critter came back - they can travel a surprisingly long distance to find their home. The second time I trapped a groundhog for a guy I've done work for and relocated the groundhog 20+ miles away onto the back portion of our property. Wasn't long before we started having a groundhog problem.

But that got sorted out with a .22 pretty quick.

Used to have a raccoon problem too. They'd go down the street tipping over trash cans on a regular basis. Started setting a trap and whacking 'em first thing in the morn. IIRC, ended up whacking 16 of them in one summer. Neighborhood quieted down for several years after that.

FWIW, if you do shoot 'em, use a hollow point .22 or an "adult" air rifle (the ones that shoot 1,000 fps or faster). Tried using target .22 rounds and had a problem with shooting them two or three times and they'd still be alive. A good hollow point does the job in one.

If you live trap them, keep a barrel full of water on hand to drown them, or use a .22 / air rifle to dispatch 'em. No sense making it anyone else's problem. Oh, yea, and a large truck rumbling past does a nice job of covering up the sound of a small caliber going off. Pointblank you can use a target round or a .22 short or long (as opposed to long rifle) and just pop 'em once in the head.

I know it may sound cruel to some, but I had some groundhogs and raccoons tear up $8,000 of material in one year.
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Personally I leave the .22 in the closet and grab the .270.... it really does the trick. I can not only reach out and touch something, I can reach wayyyy out and cut it in half.

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Personally I leave the .22 in the closet and grab the .270.... it really does the trick. I can not only reach out and touch something, I can reach wayyyy out and cut it in half.
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Personally I leave the .22 in the closet and grab the .270.... it really does the trick. I can not only reach out and touch something, I can reach wayyyy out and cut it in half.
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