How to keep rats out of vegetable garden?
You have to bury the fence (chicken wire preferred) so they can not burrow under, and you have to have an electric fence, if possible two strands at 4 and 8 inches, with the ground directly connected to the chicken wire I also have bricks inside the fence, all around the perimeter, to force even the smallest rodent up the fence and into the wires Then, every month or so, smear peanut butter on the wires, to remind them who is boss Keep your composting material inside trash bins
I'm afraid I don't have much advice to offer, but plenty of sympathy Rats are very hard to control in an urban environment, that's for sure! I would suggest, if using mesh for anything to exclude rats, I would go for hardware cloth instead of chicken wire, those little suckers can squeeze through holes you wouldn't believe! Especially the juveniles It sounds like there must be a major source of them nearby if tons of traps aren't keeping the numbers low Good luck!
We also have trained our dogs When talking about rats when have to refer to them as the "R-word" because if we say rat the dogs will go crazy looking for them We have a mixture of both large and small breeds and they are continually on the hunt (as soon as we put them outside, they are house dogs) and if we see a rat/mouse or are going to pick up a board, etc that one might be under we call for the dogs tell them "there's a rat!" and they guard ready to dive in at the hint of one When picking up lumber piles, etc the dogs have gotten up to 2 dozen rats in one go
It also helps a LOT to keep anything the can hide/live under picked up I know this is probably about impossible for you living in the city since they could be living/hiding in other places around your neighbors (I am the only house on a 4 mile square)
Good luck, I know how challenging it can be to keep these terrible monsters back
hate these things unfortunately, weve not been successful in controlling them in our yard, mainly due to other neighbors not being as proactive had to move my corn plot just because the rats
the only thing weve had any success with is the poison blocks with a hole in the middle of them i use old wire and wire them to the fence so the dog cant get to it also, i wire it to the fence itself, not the rail seems like the squirrels wont mess with it if its down the fence further another thing ill do if i notice them running along the fence top is zip tie a rat trap to the top of it no bait
id love to have an owl in the yard to get them had a possum visit once, and noticed a decline in rat like behavior, but thats about it
one good thing i do like about their presence, is it indicates minimal snake behavior, and i am terrified of snakes
I appreciate your frustration with unwanted critters eating your much anticipated and celebrated veggies I suggest using a mechanical barrier such as the hardware cloth and electric netting mentioned until a natural predator restores balance Using poison does kill the rats but it also kills any natural and possibly unseen predator population that you might have Rats can reproduce much faster than owls, hawks, snakes and foxes In the long run, poisoning actually makes the rat population bigger
Putting hot peppers around your garden helps some to discourage them I don't like poison either, but the electronic devices were worthless & I have a car in the shop compliments of rodents--chewed the wiring, holes in the hoses, etc They can do an incredible amount of destruction rapidly If my dogs get wind of 'em but we know how sneaky they are What about one of those rat zappers?
Thanks for all the advice! It seems like a lot of work but I also can't enjoy our back yard much because they're constantly running around I may try a sample of all these tips and will report back
Get a SMALL/MEDIUM dog Most terriers were originally bred to hunt rodents and "vermin" They can be yappy and annoying, but the American Rat Terrier is a calmer, quieter version And they hunt rats, really!
(Bull terriers were NOT bred to hunt rodents They WILL hunt them, but also cats and small dogs, if not well socialized)
If you do get a dog, make sure you keep it up to date on rabies shots
Well, with 3 very prey driven terriers at home, I still have a rat problem in my garden mainly cause they visit the garden when the dogs are sleeping inside My entire garden last year was ruinedIf my dogs get wind of em. I just bought a rat zapper and hopefully I get get the population down with that We have Ivy and unfortunately, the rats just love to hide in it (Ivy belongs to the neighbors on both sides) The dogs get them here and there but not enough of them and there are too many hiding spots too high up for the dogs
I wouldn't get a terrier for the sole purpose of ratting They have very specific care requirements and you are comitting to a dog that can live 15+ years and can be destructive in your garden (they also love to dig), are known escape artists,are barky and have a high requirement for excercise They are not for everybody
Actually, a little dog, but a terrier, might be a better solution They are tremendous ratters It's what they were bred for
Being a person that rescues terriers, I would hate to see someone purchase one for that sole reason you have to also want a dog for other reasons and have that type of dog fit into your family and lifestyle as well
Pellet gun is not a bad idea My dad uses a 22 with pellets in it but I'm not rural enough for that
My aunt lives in the middle of town and till a few years ago would pop the critter out of the dining room window
She no longer gardens now
A trap for trapping live animals, when you know you don't have a cat or dog, poison them in the morning I can imagine you might get a lot of cats in those traps Cat's eat mice, so you want a little help from cats, but not using your garden as a cat box
I believe I have rat (rats) eating my squash As soon as squash develops and loses flower, it disappears, bitten off at stem I put chicken wire round plants, but same thing happened Can rat crawl up wire? I now have chicken wire across the top also and have secured the bottom with bricks
Don't know what else to do Have cats but in house at nite Afraid to put out poison cause of animals Also have tomatoes which so far they've left alone Am not feeding the rats; so if wire doesn't work guess will get rid of plants and buy at local farmer's market If anyone has any other innovative ideas pls express Am discouraged
Has anyone tried "repel all"? I started using it to repel chipmunks and I'm either lucky or it really is working because they've been digging everywhere else but in my veggie garden
I've used "Repel All" for squirrels and it works!! I do not have a rat problem however In my city the government will come out and get rid of the rats for you (Not inside your buildings but outside) Call your code enforcement office and inquire about rodent control
First congrats on the house! I wish I had a solution for you on the rats They have been around for a long time I suspect best you can hope for is to beat he local population down
Please keep us posted on your progress good luck
My mom plants peppermint plants & I'm getting ready to go put some peppermint oil soaked cotton balls now that the lil buggers found my garden & took over Give it a try?!
Probably won't work Get a trap and bait it with something durian or jackfruit flavored You'll start having a lot less rats after a while
friggin rats Reminds me, I better start trapping again, my citrus will be ripe soon
If I put a radio by my tomatoe garden,will this discourage rats from eating my tomatoes?
1/4 mile away from Zone 11))
Perhaps if it gets really bad you can do something with motion detectors that active lights and/or jets of water? Just something to startle the rat off and make it think things aren't safe I've heard of people doing that for larger things like raccoons, not sure if it would work with rats
Traps & clean up hiding places This is a link
Used hardware cloth 1/4" mesh and buried into ground found birds were destroying ripe tomatoes also so I created a PVC hoop over whole garden and covered with bird netting worked for the birds but the rats actually climb up the metal hardward cloth and bite a hole through the bird netting and still get in! suggestions?
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