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Old 05-31-2018, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"Get them out of the can first of all."...it's a rat for pete's sake. Just cover them with water, quickest, safest way to dispose of them, short of shooting in the barrel.
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Old 05-31-2018, 02:08 PM
 
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I trapped them in a midst of panic. Thanks for the judgement though, all. I am sure none of you have ever made mistakes. It was a very small compost bin. BTW my backyard is more pristine than most on my block...

All food sources are gone, natural, non-toxic repellent is sprayed, and I relocated the rats to the nearby forest.
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Old 05-31-2018, 02:12 PM
 
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Hi Danielle –

I agree with other posters that you should not be trying to maintain a compost bin in a typical townhouse yard that usually would not suffice as an average parking spot.

I feel your pain and went through the same thing as you. I was gifted with a composting bin kit, so I put it together and set it up in my 1/10th acre yard. I faithfully fed it with kitchen veggie scraps. It took about three weeks before raccoons, possums, rats, squirrels, and mice were visiting me regularly to chew the plastic bin to shreds and help themselves to on site dining and takeaway. They strewed rotting foods scraps around my yard, down the driveway and across my neighbor’s yards. That in turn attracted all kinds of buggy pests and stank. (Feel the neighborly love. NOT.)

After two compost bin replacements, I finally gave up on that notion. But I did buy a posthole digger, steel driving rod, and steel kitchen compost container. Now I dig holes in my yard and bury the scraps at least six inches or more deep. If you bury it far enough, no stank, and varmints will not dig it up. In six months you have deep rich crumbly soil, mad amounts of earthworms, and flowers and veggies love it like nobody’s business. I bury kitchen compost around the yard perimeter in summer and in my flower and veggie beds in winter. Rule of thumb – no meat scraps, no citrus. Onion, garlic and potato scraps are vigorous sprouters from nothing much, so I have an enthusiastic veggie garden without really trying.

You need a respectable amount of yard that is noticeably bigger than a postage stamp. So good luck with that.
Thanks. I have never put meat into my compost bin, just veggies, fruits, and leaves and such. Interesting note about the citrus, though.

I appreciate the story. I am sure no one in this thread has ever done anything they slightly regret.
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