Plant Problems - Mice, Rats and Rodent Control
The presence of mice, rats or rodents is a problem homeowners and gardeners
do not like to even talk about. When you have rodents of any kind on your
property, the problem eats at you and is on your mind, until they have been
Bottom line is you must get rid of them. So, let's talk about the unspeakable.
Basically, it is a matter of "Choose your weapon!"
Most often, homeowners turn to mice and rat poisons. Chances are, you won't
see the dead mouse or rat. And, you won't have to dispose of it. You know
it works, when the poisons stops disappearing.
For home gardeners, this is more problematic. You are placing poisons in
or around your garden. The poisons can get into the soil, and ultimately
into the food you eat. Even if you are very careful, a poisoned rodent can
die in the garden, and decompose right there. While we are not the experts
on the risks, we do know there is some risk.
As a result, many home gardeners avoid the use of poisons all together.
Ever wonder why most farms have cats? Generally, cats are good hunters, aiding
in rodent control. However, some cats are not good hunters. And, they usually
do not tangle with a full grown rat.
Traps and Other Rodent Control Methods:
With other rodent controls, you need to deal with the carcass. Here are a
Ye Olde Mouse Trap - Until they come up with a better mouse trap, it certainly
Sticky Paper - It works, sometimes.
Small Hav-a-hart traps - It's effective. But, now you have a live rodent
to dispose of.
Eliminate their habitat and source of food - You can reluctantly eliminate
the compost pile, where they find food and a cozy place to live. But, a garden
is a garden. Its' got food for you, and for them!