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How to Keep Chipmunks Away From My Tomato Plants

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Chipmunks in the garden may be cute at first sight, but when they start to eat your tomatoes, they are nothing but a pest. Chipmunks can destroy your tomato crop by eating the fruits right off the vine, and the tomatoes that they do not consume are often spoiled by the rodents' excrement. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to keep chipmunks out of your garden using natural means that will not hurt your tomatoes or the chipmunks.

Combine a pint of water, a clove worth of minced garlic and 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper in an airtight container. Keep the solution sealed in the container for 48 hours.

Strain the solution into the spray bottle and throw away any remnants of the garlic.

Spray the solution on your tomatoes and tomato plants. This will make the tomatoes smell and taste unpleasant to the chipmunks. Spraying the leaves will increase the unappetizing smell even though chipmunks do not actually eat the leaves of the plants. Respray once a week or after a rain.

Chipmunks & Rabbits Away From My Tomato & Flower Plants

Chipmunks and rabbits might be cute, fluffy little critters, but when they decide to invade your garden they can also be the most devilish, persistent pests you can imagine. Hammer posts into place along the trench. Line up the posts so that the fence, when attached, will fit down into the trench. Fill the trench back in, packing down the soil to discourage digging. The fence is now complete, and should work to keep both rabbits and chipmunks away from your tomato and flower plants. Add a drop each of dish washing detergent and vegetable oil to the mix and shake well. Repeat the treatment often. Sprinkle garlic or baby powder on and around plants to further discourage these pests.


Coffee grounds around the plants act as fertilizer and discourage chipmunks. Vinegar-soaked rags hung around your tomatoes can also deter chipmunks.


Wash your tomatoes before eating them.

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