Photo by Melody
Guess what time it is? It's time for the DG County Fair! Now in it's sixth year, enter your blue-ribbon photos or mouth-watering recipes for a chance to win a gift subscription! Click here here to get all the details, dates and entry rules.

Wildlife Gardening: Rats in wikldlife garden

Communities > Forums > Wildlife Gardening
bookmark
Forum: Wildlife GardeningReplies: 4, Views: 61
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
bobgoestodaves
Parkville, MD

October 17, 2010
10:32 AM

Post #8160650

we discovered rat holes under our day lily's. we were digging up our day lilys and discovered rats, we had intended to plant a vegetable garden here. We have been putting bait blocks in the holes. Can we still plant vegetables here or is this soil now contaminated and no suitable for vegetables and herbs ?????
realbirdlady
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 17, 2010
11:04 AM

Post #8160690

It sorta depends what kind of bait blocks. Check the label to know what chemical it is you're putting out. There should be info about toxicity, and a phone number for questions. (Just guessing, but it might well turn out that above ground veggies are fine, but maybe this wouldn't be a good location for root crops.)

If it's those anticoagulants, they're not species specific, so you may well be killing the native wildlife, as well as the invasive rats.
bobgoestodaves
Parkville, MD

October 18, 2010
6:05 PM

Post #8163196

Thanks for replying I did write to a company about their product no reply as yet. A exterminator told me that these bait blocks have a very bitter taste and that rats don't have taste buds . he said the other wildlife wouldn't eat them. after we put them in the holes we use a stick to push them far into the ground. I havn't really found the answer yet ??? The problem is if a rat dies then a hawk might come along and eat it. but so far we have only seen two rats and put them in plastic bags sealed and then inot trash cans.
lonediver
Maricopa, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 18, 2010
8:34 PM

Post #8163458

In the future you may want to consider traps of which there is a wide variety . eliminates the concerns of poisons . I have found them effective , there are both lethal and non lethal . Here are some examples ;

http://www.safeguardproducts.com/mice_rodent_traps.php
thomas1010
Lancaster, PA

April 26, 2012
8:32 AM

Post #9098507

If you are looking for a humane trap for these pesky little critters you want to look into the rat traps Havahart have to offer at http://www.havahart.com/store/live-animal-traps/rat

You cannot post until you register and login.


Other Wildlife Gardening Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Hummingbirds! Marilynbeth 92 Apr 29, 2007 7:34 PM
Idaho to kill wolves terryr 36 Jun 8, 2012 2:20 PM
Any one know alot about hawks? lavenderwolf 24 Jun 6, 2007 2:40 PM
Drip watering system for birds? Equilibrium 68 Apr 3, 2008 10:18 AM
Moving a spider egg sac, possible? cresida 23 Jul 21, 2011 4:50 AM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America