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How do I keep rats out of my compost pile?
Last Updated: 7th January, 2020
- Bury Food Scraps. Usually, rats are drawn to compost piles because they are easy sources of food.
- Don't Add Food Waste.
- Use Bokashi.
- Keep Contents Moist.
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Also asked, does a compost pile attract rats?
While rats may visit, or nest in, a compost bin if they are already present in the area composting does not generally attract the rats in the first place. They will also burrow beneath chicken houses, woodpiles, manure and compost heaps.
Also Know, do rats eat vegetable peelings? Vegetable peelings and other kitchen waste (rats are, apparently, particularly partial to potato peelings) should go in a closed bin, with solid sides and a lid. This makes it harder for a rat to gain an easy purchase. Rats love nothing more than finding an edge to nibble on.
Moreover, can I use compost that rats have been in?
Compost in which rats have nested or burrowed is perfectly safe to use in the garden. Bacteria may survive in moist soil, but will not be absorbed into plant tissue. Always wash vegetables, including herbs, brought in from the garden.
Are animals attracted to compost piles?
Composting For Dummies Depending on where you live, you will need to keep various animals out of your compost. Creatures attracted to a compost pile may include rodents, cats, dogs, foxes, raccoons, coyotes, badgers, and javelina. Don't put meat, fish, bones, dairy products, grease, or oil in your compost bin.