I believe I’ve got a mouse eating all my lettuce seedlings… the pots are even pretty high off the ground and that doesn’t seem to be stopping them. Any ideas on how to do some exclusion without making things a total eyesore?
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Maybe it's some insect coming in the night for a munch?
Not sure it’s a mouse. I found mouse droppings in my garage and chewed holes in a trash bag, so i know they’re around. But, no, haven’t caught him in the act.Mice can sometimes be repelled by certain scents as they dislike them, so you could attempt that as it won't affect the looks of your plants. Some examples would be mint, pennyroyal, garlic, cinnamon, camphor, lavender and wormwood. I'm personally growing mint in my garden in hopes of that helping as well, and thusfar the rodents haven't eaten my plants specifically, but they do eat the passionfruit we have a little ways away from my mint.
On top of this some scents can actually be pleasant for us as well, like peppermint oil, cinnamon or dried lavender!
I have heard of people using chili (powder or flakes I don't know) on their plants as it would make them much less appetising to a rodent eating them. Personally I'm not sure if that'd harm seedlings standing in the sun though... If you have multiple pots you could try something else in each of them.
Are you sure it's a mouse?
I had four pots with lettuce and whatever is is has killed off 3 of themNot sure it’s a mouse. I found mouse droppings in my garage and chewed holes in a trash bag, so i know they’re around. But, no, haven’t caught him in the act.
last year, we had a mouse (/rat?) infestation in my apartment complex. I saw them scurrying around all over the place. I had some sweet pepper plants growing and they ate all the fruit. Then they ate all the leaves and I was just left with bare stems. I did catch one last year. But yeah maybe this is an insect… if so, exclusion might not work…
also, I actually do have a mint plant up there. Hasn’t seemed to deter whatever it is unfortunately