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Q.Onion Sets Pulled and Scattered About

Anonymous added on April 12, 2014 | Answered

My onion sets are removed from soil but never eaten or chewed. I thoought it was squirrels, and actually built a cage of rat wire over the row. Next morning sets are on top of soil, no tracks of any kind, no holes dug under anywhere. No sign of moles. I also have a row of very small onion plants, and nothing has harmed them at all. I am about to buy a motion activated camera. Please help.

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Answered on November 30, -0001

Given the wasteful nature of the damage, I would venture to guess that it is a raccoon. They are known for damaging plants during their rummaging and their little paws are very human like, so can rip up plants without digging holes. Onions (and other alliums) are not very tasty to rodents and other small mammals, but raccoons may still dig about trying to see if there is anything else in the bed that they may like, such as worms or grubs. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/animals/getting-rid-raccoons.htm

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