Does anyone have any tips to keep rodents out of the garden? I have all these big beautiful green tomatoes out side and as soon as they are the least bit pinkish I find them half eaten . I grew big luffa's only to find huge bites out of them and had to throw them out. All the cucumbers that were behind the trellis near the fence were eaten. Oh! And the corn, I was so proud of all the nice corn that was coming up and almost ready to pick when I went out and found that Pete (that's what I named the squirrel, although I'm aware their are a lot of Pete's) had peeled back the husk and gobbled the corn off the cob. And now that the corn is gone Pete climbs up the sunflower stalk and eats the seeds right off the flower. Pete is no longer a friend of the farm. I've seen a small rat out in the compost bin but I'm not sure if all of the damage is from rats. I've heard huge critters out side at night and am assuming that it's a opossum or a racoon? But for sure it's a rat eating the tomatoes and cucumbers because nothing else would be small enough to support itself on the trellis while eating. So, can anyone please help save the farm from these critters? I feel as if I'm not growing my own food but growing food for a rodent sanctuary. I didn't have this issue last year and am not sure what changed? All of a sudden rodents just moved in as if someone told them they knew where free food was. I can't do traps because I don't want the chickens finding dead rats and feasting on them or hurting themselves in the trap, nor can I put any poison down because I don't want the dogs finding it. So I need an all natural method that really works. I'd go down to the pound and get a cat but I wouldn't trust it not to harm my girls. So what say you all? Thanks for any help and happy week!