This year, I contemplated widespread use of agricultural weed barrier, to make weed control easier. Before shelling out the big bucks for a roll of weed barrier, I laid tar paper under the gherkin vines as an experiment. It turns out that mice really like to raise their brood under that shelter, coming out from there to gnaw my plants... so scratch that plan. I removed the tar paper, and had no other rodent problems all summer. With straw or hay, they can't hide from the cats.It was mice in the potatoes that turned me against mulch in the veggie garden, @Zeedman .
Wow! And I thought I had a rodent problem! I only bait in the basement, attic, and outbuildings, and have probably used a kilo of bait total in the last 10 years.The other, that I still use and will continue to do so, is rat bait....but these are a wax based type that cannot dissolve and wash into the soil....and I place them either inside a shed, woodshed, tool shed, under a metal lid in two spots in the front yard and 4 in the back...because they get taken more often than the front yard ones.
The recommendation is to nail or wire them in place so the rodents cant take them away. My thinking is....take them away back to your burrow. Maybe the new occupant will eat what you leave behind and not turn up at my place. I got through about a kilo bucket per year- for the last two years.
I put it down to living near farm land, near a stream, having railway across the road, a defunct timber mill a bit further across the road And a council dump 100m down the road.....where they did nothing in the way of pest control.Wow! And I thought I had a rodent problem! I only bait in the basement, attic, and outbuildings, and have probably used a kilo of bait total in the last 10 years.
If I counted all the dried apricots I've used as bait in the traps though, it would be about 2-3 kilos for the same period.
In years past, mice have done a lot of damage to my cowpeas, and stolen a lot of seed. This year all of the peas (English and Southern) were untouched. No questions, no complaints... I'll count my blessings.I wire snap traps in place so critters can't drag them off. I used a couple of those in my black eyed peas this year, the mice were getting too many.