Posted: 19/12/2017 at 23:24
Peter Salanson - get yourself a détaupeur from your local garden centre. Very effective but you do need to be careful when setting it as pet cats and dogs will want to sniff and inspect and can get a surprise. I used it to great effect in my Belgian garden but, once we got a dog, had to hide it under a bucket. So far, in this new French garden, I haven't needed it as the mole is much more restrained.
As for rats, there were some when we moved here 15 months ago but I put down poison and we've had no problems since. All bird food is kept in closed bins and so are my seeds. We've also got a good ratter in our terrier and 2 young kitties, one of whom is turning into a demon mouser.