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Roberta20-Sep-01 10:16 PM EST 2b   
Linda20-Sep-01 11:15 PM EST   
The Budding Poet21-Sep-01 12:03 AM EST 5a   
Dave21-Sep-01 07:10 AM EST   


Subject: Compost Pests
From: Roberta
Zone: 2b
Date: 20-Sep-01 10:16 PM EST

We have been composting for a number of years, but this year we are having a problem with mice in the compost. Has anyone any ideas on how to get rid of these rodents?


Subject: RE: Roberta
From: Linda
Zone:
Date: 20-Sep-01 11:15 PM EST

A trap, cat or dog. poison works well if put where other animals can't get it.


Subject: RE: Roberta
From: The Budding Poet
Zone: 5a
Date: 21-Sep-01 12:03 AM EST

Roberta

Get a little more nitrogen into your compost so that it really starts cooking ( ie mix in some fresh stable manure) and cook the little varmits.

On the other hand, if you have a soft heart, you could leave a basement window open. With these cooler nights ,I am sure the mice will be happy to abandon the compost pile and raise their offspring in the warmth of your home :-)

If you lived a little closer, helping you out would warm my Dachsies hearts.

The Dachshund’s tummy is an amazing invention. ................................... To keep it full is their lofty intention. .............................................................. All food they’ll ingest, ........................................................................................ But raw mice are the best ................................................................................ With sofas getting Honorable Mention


Subject: RE: Roberta
From: Dave
Zone:
Date: 21-Sep-01 07:10 AM EST

We've had a vole family in our compost for over three years now. At first, we thought they were well fed mice/small rats but have grown to accept them as part of our garden/animal collection. (We searched the web to confirm that they were voles). They do an amazing job of aerating the compost pit as they dig for their food. We were cautioned that they would burrow into our flower gardens and eat the roots of our plants but so far nature has kept their numbers down to reasonable levels. We enjoy watching the voles join squirrels and birds at the base of our bird feeders to pick up the sunflowers left on the ground. It's amazing how a 'pest' can turn into an almost pet. For those that want to eliminate their mice/pests, I'd get the local cat to be present when turning the compost pit. With their home disturbed they'd be pretty easy pickings for the cat.


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