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Old 05-11-2018, 08:21 AM
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I need to start composting. The previous owner of our house left a compost bin behind the shed. I want to use it, but I'm concerned because there are already rats living in the shed. I don't want to encourage them to invite their extended family to move in.
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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I need to start composting. The previous owner of our house left a compost bin behind the shed. I want to use it, but I'm concerned because there are already rats living in the shed. I don't want to encourage them to invite their extended family to move in.
I encourage you to do so, JPD...it made a huge difference in my garden when I started mulching with homemade compost. This is my composting guru:

https://issuu.com/pallensmith/docs/bonnie_compost

As for rats, my recommendation is to bring in a feral cat colony! In DeKalb County, you can register them as such; the county will pay for their spaying, so you don't have proliferation. We have two in the area, and rats haven't been a problem since they arrived.
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:10 AM
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I encourage you to do so, JPD...it made a huge difference in my garden when I started mulching with homemade compost. This is my composting guru:

https://issuu.com/pallensmith/docs/bonnie_compost

As for rats, my recommendation is to bring in a feral cat colony! In DeKalb County, you can register them as such; the county will pay for their spaying, so you don't have proliferation. We have two in the area, and rats haven't been a problem since they arrived.
I will keep those things in mind. How would I get my hands on a feral cat colony? And does that raise concerns with the existing neighborhood cats?
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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I encourage you to do so, JPD...it made a huge difference in my garden when I started mulching with homemade compost. This is my composting guru:

https://issuu.com/pallensmith/docs/bonnie_compost

As for rats, my recommendation is to bring in a feral cat colony! In DeKalb County, you can register them as such; the county will pay for their spaying, so you don't have proliferation. We have two in the area, and rats haven't been a problem since they arrived.
This is very interesting. I love cats, but when you say feral colony, I'm assuming this means multiple cats and the county even pays for it?
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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I will keep those things in mind. How would I get my hands on a feral cat colony? And does that raise concerns with the existing neighborhood cats?
To my knowledge, no. They aren't friendly, but they mind their own business. We have an army of Crazy Cat Ladies* in the hood (and don't tell me you don't; every neighborhood does) that look after them. Ours just started to appear; they were probably abandoned kittens.
There is a woman that has been taking care of a large colony in the patch of forest next to Northlake Mall. Maybe you can scarf a few of hers.

*No, I am not one of them.
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Old 05-11-2018, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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This is very interesting. I love cats, but when you say feral colony, I'm assuming this means multiple cats and the county even pays for it?
If you register them, the county will offer support for the maintenance of 'community cats'. It's less expensive than bearing the cost of trapping and euthanizing them, not to mention more humane.

https://lifelineanimal.org/outreach/catlanta
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:52 PM
 
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I recycle at the Sandy Springs center near Morgan Falls. Mmm, over the years I've really cut down on what I even have to recycle--- small things, like not putting fruits and vegetables in plastic bags to put into my reusable bags. So I mostly have glass to recycle, but that takes up an enormous amount of space and I do wonder if even my personal transportation of them undermines being environmentally friendly. I remember Austin having a few options to reuse glass bottles for things (a perk was also a discount for having a container) and I'd love to see that implemented everywhere in business plans. I'd love to plastic bags to not be a thing. My biggest concern is that areas with more food deserts might yield unintentionally more difficult-to-recycle objects, and wonder if Atlanta can affordably balance out its access to freshness. I stopped shopping in aisles years ago, and my volume of trash diminished quickly--- well, except I buy and reuse freezer bags for scraps to make things like broth or I buy material for composting.
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