- Mar 20, 2011
- Reaction score
- Trinity County Texas
We have three black plastic compost bins, and in the winter it is so difficult to keep rats out of them. Part of this was a mistake on my part: I topped off the compost with a nice thick layer of fluffy leaves, so it was warm and dry in there. Usually I finish off the top of the bin with manure and a generous sprinkling of lime, and I am kicking myself for not doing that this time. The plan is to get some lime sprinkled in there as soon as possible, and I picked up a roll of 1/2" hardware cloth to place on the bottom of the bins, to prevent the rodents from tunnelling in via the openings in the bottom. Has anyone tried hardware cloth to exclude rats, and if so-- did it work??
This is very welcome news. I will proceed with the hardware cloth then. Thank you Flowerbug!as long as they can't push it up and go around it they should not be able to get through. you may need to make sure it is the proper size to fit across the whole bottom and have it weighted enough. they shouldn't be able to chew through it.
You are so right. I may have been caught up in how beautiful the dry fall leaves looked when I used them to top off the compost bin. At that moment rats were the furthest thing from my mind, when they should have been a top priority. Yesterday I watered the bins, and then sprinkled some lime over the leaves. Next week we have drier weather in our forecast, and I will try to turn the piles to get the bacteria motivated to start munching everything up. I will wear rubber dish washing gloves, so that I can have a good scrub afterwards.If your leaves had been wet, the rats wouldn't have like them so well.
Mice and rats can chew through anything, even plastic. Our shop vacuum has a hole in the top now. I guess a mouse was looking for a house this winter and that wasn't thin plastic.as long as they can't push it up and go around it they should not be able to get through. you may need to make sure it is the proper size to fit across the whole bottom and have it weighted enough. they shouldn't be able to chew through it.