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Post by bonjon42 on Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:43 am

I just planted a bunch of geraniums and something is eating the buds off the stems. From what I've been reading, it's probably rats. We have a big field behind our house, plus I have found droppings in my outside laundry room. We have a dog so I need to be careful with poisons. Does anyone know of a deterrent that I can use on the plants themselves??????
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Post by simpsca on Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:43 pm

Moth balls. But even better is a release trap you can buy at a hardware store. I use the small ones for mice but they make larger ones for rats - wooden bottom and metal mesh upper. You can bate them with food, catch the rats and drive them to a far away location.
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Post by simpsca on Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:44 pm

Oh and the hardware stores also carry large rat sized glue traps. Just put food in the middle.
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Post by bonjon42 on Mon Dec 14, 2015 1:28 pm

Good idea but moth balls won't work because of the dog. She has access to the area. Unfortunately dogs will eat anything!
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Post by simpsca on Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:07 pm

The can't get into the rat traps unless they are tiny.
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Post by RVGRINGO on Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:07 pm

simpsca wrote:....... catch the rats and drive them to a far away location.

Why would anyone want to do that? If you love them that much, keep them in your bedroom.

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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:46 pm

Get a good outdoor tom cat. Bye bye rats........jaja.
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Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:26 pm

Exactly
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