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Yesterday at 17:07
I use lockable bait boxes with wax coated blocks.
Poison should never be out in the open so birds etc cannot access it.
Mine are the plastic box type which allows you to thread the bait blocks onto wire inside so they cannot be dragged away.
No solution is absolutely foolproof but take reasonable precautions to keep everything safe.
Yesterday at 15:29
...or make it into a meadow and you only need to collect cuttings about once a year!
Yesterday at 15:28
I would also leave the clippings on the lawn.
As fidgetbones says the local parks do it and although it maybe unsightly for a couple of days it all disappears very quickly.
Yesterday at 14:08
Hopefully the bait has been put somewhere which will only be accessible to the rats.See original post
Yes,all bait is in lockable boxes and hedgehogs cannot get near it.
I think the rats are around because I do leave food out for the hoggies all winter.
It is always a bit of a toss up between removing food so as not to attract rats or leaving food for the hoggies over the winter. Rats lose everytime!
Yesterday at 10:46
No rats on the trailcam but my hedgehog is back for the second night!
2 days ago at 17:10
I've had snap traps out for 2 years now and not caught a thing (some mice though) which is why I have resorted to poison.
I would have preferred the snap traps as it is quick and you can see the results whereas with poison I don't know if I have got the blighters or not!
The rats seem to come from under next doors decking and they (the neighbours) also have a large wood store for their log burner.
2 days ago at 16:45
I have rats and am trying to get rid of them with bait blocks (bromadiolone),I started putting them out 4 weeks ago.The blocks are being eaten and I have not actually seen a rat for a while (but that does not mean they are not there!).I was hoping that all activity would have finished by now but the bait is still being eaten every day,so I either have resistant rats,ineffective bait or a more widespread rat problem than I thought.Should I try a different bait do you think?
17 Jan 2018 15:33
I have some of these rubber doormats.I got mine from Morrisons for under £3 each.
Use them if a path is icy or indeed across a muddy lawn!
16 Jan 2018 12:18
Thanks it looks to be a White crustose lichen.
Walking through the churchyard it just seemed to stand out eveywhere,maybe because it is such a grey day.
16 Jan 2018 12:10
This white lichen is all over the local churchyard.In some places it looks like snow or vandals have been chucking white paint around.It just seems to be very brilliant right now.Can anyone give it a name please?
15 Jan 2018 22:57
Could be a Philodendron?
15 Jan 2018 21:24
15 Jan 2018 11:58
You need a pair of stout gloves!!
15 Jan 2018 11:03
Some photos would be good to see what you are dealing with?
13 Jan 2018 23:49
13 Jan 2018 16:05
13 Jan 2018 12:03
Thank you for the compliments!
Because I live with it every day I don't always notice how much the garden has changed.
When working on it I tend to only see what needs doing next,fresh eyes see the whole picture.
So many things went in as cuttings and small plants it is only when I look back I can see how much it has all grown and changed over the years.
I quite often read that plants and gardens take 10 or so years to mature and it seems an absolute age but time passes very quickly really and before you know it another year is upon you.
12 Jan 2018 23:05
Sounds like a busy day!
Can't wait to get back in the garden but weather not too good and builder still has his stuff around where I want to work
11 Jan 2018 23:37
In the autumn of 2016 I had to get rid of mine as it kept encroaching onto the road.
I cut it back to almost ground level as it could not be dug out.
For the whole of 2017 it kept sending out new shoots and I took all these off regularly and it's still not dead yet!!!
11 Jan 2018 23:26
I think we sometimes worry too much about being 'overlooked'.I live on a modern estate with houses all round but I can't really see anyone in their gardens even from the upstairs windows.I have 6ft fences all round and have grown shrubs in front and have climbers etc.It's taken 16 years!
When I am in the garden I could be the only person around!
1. 2002 with just 6ft fence:-
2. 2017 View from just standing in the garden,seems quite secluded:-
3.2017 View from upstairs window shows you cannot see much of surrounding gardens so assume they can't see much of me!!
Last edited: 11 January 2018 23:27:17