I have a dirt plot in my back yard that has nothing growing in it right now, but it used to. I had several veggies growing there last year, but many died because something ate them from the bottom, as in the roots. Some plants were tall and fruiting one day and fallen over the next. When I went to investigate, I picked them up and they had no roots. I did some digging and discovered some tunnels running throughout and they all connected and eventually led under my fence to my neighbors yard. One of the tunnels had what appeared to be a nest; dry grass and leaves as bedding. I never found an entrance to these tunnels in my yard, so, I assume the culprit entered from my neighbors side. I haven't seen any critters come out of the ground. All of I've seen is the squirrel that randomly comes into my yard and nibbles some of plants and runs back into the canyon once he notices me. Think it's him??
I have stopped planting there because of this and have gone to container planting. But, I need to know what the heck is giving me so much grief. I've set out rat traps baited with carrots, but nothing ever touches it. Trying to avoid poison. I have my pellet gun at the ready, but I never what it is I should be shooting at. The squirrel that comes into my backyard needs to be eliminated as well, but he's a smart sucker!!
Tips? Ideas? Solutions?