Posted: 18/05/2017 at 18:35
Many people have rats attracted to compost bins and my cat will "help" catching them, bringing them in dead or alive. Ew! I have discovered, with a neighbour a surprising repellant that works for us - SNAKE POOH - (yes really).
Our neighbour turned up asking me for some snake pooh as he knew I keep Corn snakes aka Red Rat snakes, and he told me that he'd read somewhere on the internet that this repells rats. Sensible really, their instinct will tell them to move elsewhere if they think snakes have moved into the area. We are semi-rural, so rats here should know anyway but it would be interesting to see if it also works in more built up, urban areas? It did explain why there had been no rodents brought in by the cat for 8 months and why the front flap of the compost bin hadn't been pulled off in the night, as I had put some snake pooh, bedding and infertile eggs in the compost bi a while ago.
I gave him a bag of snake pooh to go and it appears to be doing the trick. He did come back after a few months for a top up but all rats have gone without the aid of nasty poisons. A few have tried it now, just with pooh and bedding, and there have been no negative responses, so ask around see if you can get hold of some and let us on here know if it works for you too?