Something eating my ridge gourd
Finally after 4 months of growing wild my ridge gourd plants have finally started fruiting, but something is getting to the fruits and chewing them off even before they reach a couple of inches, the fruits are not completely eaten, just the middle. Also, the tender shoots are snipped off. Everyone of the fruits is eaten off, and it is done during the night or very early in the morning.
What could it be? Squirrels or rats? How do I protect the fruits?