Great post this, or should I say... com-post HAA... OK nevermind . I see you have a green Johanna. I'm seeing very mixed reviews though. In your opinion is it a "good" composter?
It is the end of June and rats are feasting around my garden and in my plastic compost bin. Just threw veggies scrap in and a rat ran out of the bottom of the (less full) compost bin
Thank you for that information it was very useful..I recently notice tailed rodents in my bin to scared to make out think it's rats. It on the dirt. Shall I stop adding to it and change base.
I found a nest of mice in mine. Not Rats. Does the same rules apply? I use this compost for my tomatoes, carrots and fruit trees.
I use a METAL dustbin... often discarded ,and stuff as much as possible in by stamping it in , The resulting 70 kilos of mush is then buried 6 inches down after 5month.....No rats !!
I have rats in 2 wooden compost bins in the garden. I have loads of mint around the bin.. it doesnt deter them and my pet rats love to eat mint! I am going to try extenal wire.
In my experience 3-4 layers chicken wire under base, bent up to protect sides to 12" ( especially bins with door openings as these are a weak easily gnawed entry point for rats) & gravel all around
I knew rats were getting into my compost bin, due to the tunnel going up through. But now I have found a dead rat, with maggots, so just want to abandon the compost bin. 😒
Hi Shirley. The rat will decompose and the maggots will eat the carcass, everything breaks down. Rats usually only go in a compost bin if they smell something tasty (to them).
This article is a great help and I will turn the compost and wet it tomorrow. It was a rather a surprise for both me and the rat when I opened the lid! Thanks for writing this.
I’ve mixed up plaster of Paris and rolled oats and loaded bait into. Sealed bucket with a hole for access. This appears to work well
Get a trap that catches them alive, place it by the compost bins, release the rats in the wild or despatch them humanely. Check the trap daily to avoid any suffering to the rats.
Thanks - very useful as I am currently trying to deal with rats scavenging from my compost.
I have added a section to the rats in compost bin page
I am curious to know what the risks are of using garden compost and horse manure that have had rats living in or just visiting on the fruit and vegetable beds. There is evidence of rat faeces.
Hi Philippa. I rinse my vegetables in a weak solution of water with old fashioned Sterilisation fluid. Followed up with a rinse of water. Rats are everywhere.