Keeping rats away from compost

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  • #1110
    papaypapay
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    I’m always afraid of rats coming the compost container. It’s located near our kitchen having no choice given the size of the garden. Any way to bar rats?

    #1114
    carolCarol
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    Hi papay, by saying container, does it mean you have a plastic composter?

    #1122
    fatzofatzo
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    Sometimes you can fence the area with thick wire.

    #1171
    luis_prluis_pr
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    There are some things you can do to reduce rat/mouse issues in the upcoming cold months: do not put meat, dairy or potatoes there; do not let the compost get dry but do not over-water either; use a solid-sided container to make it difficult for the critters to get in; use a narrow-gauge wire mesh at the bottom and, if you’re composting kitchen waste, a robust and heavy lid; aerate regularly.

    Some of these rodents do not like the smell of leftover onions, mint or alliums and see if this might also help. You can also upgrade your bird feeders and put humane traps.

    The best location would be somewhere in the open. If you can place it somewhere that rats will be exposed when traveling to and from, they will be vulnerable to predators and slightly less likely to go there.

    Any solution will require applying several of these suggestions or others.

    #1175
    papaypapay
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    @carol yes it’s a plastic composter


    @fatzo
    thanks


    @luis_pr
    you’ve got a handful of very practical recommendations! Thanks a lot! Will follow two or three and will start from not putting items that attract them!

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