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andrewly

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What is eating my mangoes?
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:26:03 PM »
A lot of the mangoes I am finding on the ground have small to large holes eaten out of them, but I can't tell what is doing it or when (ie before they drop or after).  I put a picture below - my camera is not focusing properly, so it isn't the best.

If it is rodents or birds, I guess that's life, but I'm concerned it could be insects that laid eggs in the fruit, grow, and eat their way out. Obviously, there are bugs in there now.

Anybody have thoughts?




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Re: What is eating my mangoes?
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2017, 07:05:36 PM »
Looks like a squirrel has gotten into it.

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Re: What is eating my mangoes?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 08:41:04 PM »
It may have been started by a bird and advanced by other mango loving critters.
I have seen squirrels and rabbits nibble.  The raccoons just carry them off.

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Re: What is eating my mangoes?
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 08:50:31 PM »
Probably a squirrel if in the daytime. At night, rats, raccoons, and opossums are my best guesses. 

It is sad to see a good mango, or any fruit, go to waste.

It is probably best to pick up the fallen fruit and dispose of it asap so as to not attract more competition and pests.

I try to keep our squirrels and birds (and who knows what else) well fed, and away from the fruit trees. Seems to help a lot moving the feeders around depending on what is fruiting. 

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Re: What is eating my mangoes?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 12:41:02 AM »
Squirrels suck. Birds, possums, and raccoons don't cause much trouble with the mangoes, but the squirrels will ruin a large portion of the harvest -- when they are still Green!
Jeff  :-)

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Re: What is eating my mangoes?
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2017, 03:03:01 AM »
Also Wasp may make a big hole....i don't know if they eat mango, but with other fruits the do a similar damage.

 

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