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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 eradicated.

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!"


Poisons:

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.


Cats:

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 few:

  • Ye Olde Mouse Trap - Until they come up with a better mouse trap, it certainly is effective.
  • 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!


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