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Q.If A Rodent Eats Part Of A Vegetable, Can The Eaten Part Be Cut Away?

Zone Mesa AZ | j9pestel added on November 23, 2021 | Answered

Our garden has finally become successful. Successful enough that I’m not only freezing veggies, but learning how to can as well. Unfortunately, this success has also brought rodents. Rodents in the form of Pack Rats, which we trap live and release into the desert a few miles from our home. I was harvesting eggplant today, and noticed that on one particularly large eggplant, a rodent had eaten the end off of it. If I cut away the end, would the rest of the eggplant still be edible, or could the entire eggplant now have disease and bacteria on it just from the rodent eating the end of it? Thank you in advance and have a wonderful holiday season!!

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Answered on November 23, 2021

You have to be careful they didn't leave any waste on your produce besides just nibbling. Plus they can leave waste in your soil and contaminate it.

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