How to Prevent and Control RATS in Your Garden
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How To Get Rid Of Rodents In Garden Spaces
Your garden is your pride and joy, and you spend a lot of time and effort to make it bloom. Then you want a rat-proof garden.
As a gardener, rodents are one of your biggest nightmares. They eat your harvest, leave feces everywhere, spread disease, and hide in the most discreet places. Not only that, but they multiply incredibly fast.
In fact, a rodent has a gestation period of only three weeks. She can give birth to up to 14 babies per litter, and a female can have up to 10 separate litters each year. And this is just a rodent. Therefore, if you notice a rodent in your garden, you must act quickly to eliminate it.
You can't use a pest control option that harms your plants, and you don't want to use one that harms the environment. And if you are a pet owner, you want something safe around your pets.
You are probably wondering by now how to keep rats out of garden beds! Fortunately, there are many natural ways to kill and deter rodents so you can keep your crops and flowers growing beautifully all season long.
Skip The Mulch
Yes, mulch is great for adding organic nutrients to the soil and controlling weeds, but it can be bad if rodents are a problem. It just seems to attract them, begging them to nest and settle.
If you need to shred, go for the wood chip variety as they shouldn't be able to dig under it.
Get A Cat
Cats love to hunt mice; This is not a secret. If you want to get rid of rats without lifting a finger, ask a cat to take care of them!
The great advantage of cats is that they can fend for themselves. As long as you make sure the cat has food, water, and shelter available (and is spayed or neutered), you're good to go.
The scent of peppermint is a natural deterrent to rodents. This makes it a great addition to any garden. Keep a few pots around the perimeter of your garden and inside the greenhouse.
If you don't want it to take care of another plant, you can also sprinkle dried mint around the greenhouse openings. Alternatively, dip a few cotton balls in peppermint oil and let them do the work. Just be sure to replace them every two weeks.
Put Up Solar-Powered Repellers
Using ultrasonic frequencies, these tiny devices use sound and vibrations to scare off rodents. Because they are powered by solar energy, they are still environmentally friendly and should keep rodents out.
One unit covers approximately 6,000 square feet, so you may need some of them, depending on the size of your garden. Since the frequencies are specifically targeted at rodents, you, your children, or your pets will not perceive the sounds.
Create A Border Of Herbs
Besides peppermint, most rats and mice are intimidated by the strong scents of herbs like basil, echinacea, garlic, and thyme. To keep rodents out, plant a border of these herbs around the garden. As soon as the rodents sense them, they will think that your garden has nothing to offer and will walk away.
Use Humane Mouse Traps
Traditional traps work, but they are not always effective, and when they are, it is not pleasant at all. There are several mousetraps that use other methods, such as the Nooski mousetrap (not a branch, just a good product).
When the bait lures the rat into the trap, a latex ring is placed around the rodent's neck to suffocate it. This type of trap makes cleaning rats easy and has a very high success rate.
Store Pet Food Securely
Another big draw for mice and rats is pet food and chickens. Be sure to place these edible lures where rodents cannot easily access them, and limit the amount you place at one time.
It is a good idea to use an airtight storage container like a Vittles Vault to store your pet's food. Not only does it keep food fresh, it also retains all the aromas in the food.
Build A Sturdy Fence
If you don't already have a fence, build one. If you have a fence around your garden, you will need to make it more secure. Rodents often crawl under your garden gate, so pay special attention to this area and reinforce it.
Rodents also hide under fences. You can stop them with a 1/4 ″ mesh cloth. Dig a trench along your fence, going down 6 "and about 6" away from the fence. Staple the wire mesh to the base of the fence. Then place it below the surface of the soil and cover it. This creates an underground barrier.
Sprinkle Instant Potatoes
Instant Potatoes are inexpensive and surprisingly effective at killing rodents. Just sprinkle in a few tablespoons of the powder whenever you suspect a mouse infestation. The rats will eat them (obviously) and after they do, the flakes will expand in their stomachs.
Because their stomachs are so small, the rats won't stand a chance and will die before the potatoes can be digested. However, if you have other pets, be careful that they don't eat your potato chips!
Place Onions Around The Garden
Onions are hot and rodents hate them, and you don't even have to grow them for this trick to work. All you have to do is put an onion where you suspect rats are entering, and they will smell it and run to the other side.
You just have to make sure to add a fresh onion every other day or it will rot. And again, keep onion away from pets, as onions are poisonous to dogs!
After spending countless hours meticulously tending your garden, the last thing you will worry about is a rodent infestation destroying everything. By taking a few extra steps to keep rodents away, you can keep your garden fruitful all season long.
Enjoy This Video Tutorial About Rats in the Garden?
Source: Epic Gardening
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