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Rats in the compost. What to do?
« on: April 30, 2010, 02:39:46 pm »
Well, that's it, innit? R. norvegicus. Saw signs, then spotted one of the little buggers when I lifted the lid of the compost bin. Don't fancy having 'em around. They appear to have burrowed under the shed,  possibly from the garden next door, under the wall.

Advice, please.
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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010, 02:56:08 pm »
JRT :thumbsup:

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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010, 03:02:19 pm »
Poison and / or traps?

But you knew that didn't you?

Terriers work well also
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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010, 03:04:41 pm »
Well, that's it, innit? R. norvegicus. Saw signs, then spotted one of the little buggers when I lifted the lid of the compost bin. Don't fancy having 'em around. They appear to have burrowed under the shed,  possibly from the garden next door, under the wall.

Advice, please.

Give the council a call, ours is free for rats,  but they charge for mice and wasps.

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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 03:09:55 pm »
Our solution was to remove the compost bins. Not ideal, I know, but we didn't want the buggers living next to the chickens. Ours also came from next door; he keeps pigeons. I know they're still around though as the cats left one by the back door the other day :sick:.
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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 03:24:20 pm »
.... I know they're still around ....

There are rats every where all the time
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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010, 03:40:58 pm »
I'm sure Hugh Fearlessly Eats-It-All will have a recipe.
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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2010, 05:57:16 pm »
Prep for dust-off..

Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010, 06:14:03 pm »
Poison and / or traps?

But you knew that didn't you?
I was hoping for specific recommendations.
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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2010, 06:44:17 pm »
I was hoping for specific recommendations.

Well Talisker works pretty well, but he's not terribly transportable.

Actually, it is rocket science.
 

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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2010, 05:02:07 pm »
Poison and / or traps?

But you knew that didn't you?
I was hoping for specific recommendations.

I always use Slaymor poison and the black plastic traps that our local farming coop sells
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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2010, 08:45:39 am »
Chop them up small and stir the heap around frequently?  ;D
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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2010, 08:49:55 am »
Should the next sentence be "What am I gonna do?"  ;D

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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2010, 10:09:37 am »
We had this a few years back. We called in the bloke from the council, who put a bit of poisin down. I had the pleasure of despatching a dying rat with a blow to the head from a croquet mallet.

He also suggested we remove the compost heap. As we wanted to carry on composting, we bought a metal composting bin, to replace the wooden slatted rat friendly one.
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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2010, 11:46:00 pm »
We had them in ours at one stage. We had an avary which was then just a big rabbit run. The little buggers had tunneled a way in, would drink from the pond from another hole they made and also go the the compost bin.
We used some rat poison which seemed to just get rid of them. It was stuff we just got from B&Q or maybe Wilkos. Rentakill stuff or something. Came with some little white trays to put it in aswell.
Found one dying on the patio one time though so had to wack that one with a spade so it died faster.
We have something back now though. Cats quite often going to the same spot, or sitting and watching this spot. Sniffing around it.
Dont appear to be in the compost bin this time though, yet.


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Re: Rats in the compost. What to do?
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2010, 08:46:52 pm »
I bought some blue-dyed wheat laced with bromadiolone (same as in Slaymor) & with Rentokils name on the front. They liked it, poor deluded creatures. Almost a kilo of it went in ten days.

I've seen no sign of rodent life for almost a week. Fingers crossed, eh?
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