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30/08/2013 at 19:12

any suggestion on what could be eating my beetroot from underneath . leaves still their when I dig them up just shell of the beetroot left it has been eaten from underneath

30/08/2013 at 20:59


30/08/2013 at 23:16

Yes, sounds like slugs to me.  A night visit with a torch should catch them red-handed.

31/08/2013 at 14:26
Was that an intended pun Bob
31/08/2013 at 18:00

Yep - forgot to add the smiley!

28/09/2014 at 12:20

Would slugs and snails leave teeth marks?  Just gone to gather some for lunch and I have the same problem.   Our cat has been catching baby bunnies recently but the spinach and beetroot foliage is untouched.  They do appear to have grooves in what is left though.  stevie65

28/09/2014 at 12:23

I know the slugs have been big this year, but to leave teeth marks?!  Is the damage above ground or below? Why I ask is that mice and rabbits etc will be above, but vole damage can be from below as they can dig to reach food underground. They'll be healthy, anyway, with all those anti-oxidants. Good for the kestrels and barn owls. 

28/09/2014 at 12:46

I have veggies growing in raised (2' high) beds surrounded by hard landscaping. I'm pretty sure I have voles living in the same beds (tell tale little holes regularly appear throughout the summer). A few of my carrots & beetroot are gnawed from below so I have to discard those vegetables. The beetroot are indeed gnawed so that just a shell of skin is left. I have a slight problem with slugs but I'm sure this damage is down to voles.

If I start losing an unacceptable percentage of produce I will have to resort to traps etc. but, for the moment, I'm accepting the odd loss.

12/01/2015 at 10:06

Can't be voles, we don't have them in Australia, but I have just had the same problem. Went to water and found every beet leaf severed and flat on the ground. Dug around and could find not a trace of a beetroot, yet the day before there was definitely a beet top to be seen. 

12/01/2015 at 21:46

This happened to my beetroot a few years ago,I was told by a neighbour that it was voles  

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