Accepting the inevitable

It would be an exaggeration to say that my morning has been blighted by what I saw when I opened the dining room windows this morning. I wasn’t chuffed, though.

It seems the rats don’t like pickled chillis, bay leaves and onion skins, so thankfully some of the bokashi solids will still be available for fertilising the soil. On the other hand, I wonder if the rats have been eating marigolds and dandelion leaves or in the compost heap perhaps these have been pulled down to adorn their nest.

Anyway, they’ve also found the bokashi under the flagstone, so no doubt they’ll have had a feast last night. On the other hand, I have just seen a blackbird pecking round the strawberries, so I need to be careful with any remedial action taken.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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15 Responses to Accepting the inevitable

  1. We get rats in our shed sometimes. They can only be in there for shelter as there’s nothing to eat (chicken food is kept indoors and the chicken feeder outside is rodent-proof as are the compost bins). However, we do have a trap in the shed and it’s very effective if baited with chocolate and appropriately placed. I hate dealing with it when we’ve caught one, but the corpses go to feed the red kites so I don’t feel too guilty. Good luck with controlling them.

  2. Our rats moved out when next door moved in

  3. That’s been pretty unkind of them! From the photos I’ve seen, it may be a hard place for predator birds to come in, so can’t you put old style rat traps out? (Or will it catch anything else? We put (cheap) peanut butter in our mouse traps…)

    • Helen says:

      I’m a bit squeamish about traps but I’ve never seen anything like kestrels in the garden, so no there wouldn’t be a risk to predatory birds. However, blackbirds as ground feeders might be at risk.

  4. so sorry to hear about the rats – we suffered from them in the summer and it’s not nice to think they’re hanging around in your garden. In the end we hired the ‘rat catcher’ from the council and that seemed to sort the problem out.

    • Helen says:

      I’m surprised they were around in the summer. They come into the garden in winter no doubt because it’s cosier and food may be more scarce in the fields.

  5. I had a big problem with rats when I kept poultry – the hens and ducks scattered their food and the rats cleared it up. I now have no poultry, 3 cats and have not seen a rat in ages except for dead ones presented to me by the cats! Since I live in such a rural place surrounded by fields I will never get rid of them completely but good moggies seem to be the answer.

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