All this year I have noticed little piles of earth and sand next to the
paths and patio in my garden. It was only after one of the large plastic
filter chambers for my Koi pond that sits on a paving slab suddenly
developed a significant list that I looked under some of the slabs. I found
a very elaborate network of tunnels.
I have called the council and they put some poison in the tunnels but
they didn't think the tunnels were caused by rats, the tunnels weren't big
enough and thought that it must be mice. All I can say is that they must be
some big mice. The tunnels must be about 2 ins diameter.
What ever the animals are, they have left the bait and redug the filled
in tunnels. I tried flooding them out with a hose pipe and they have redug
the tunnels. I have borrowed a humane trap and baited it with a sausage,
recommended apparently but haven't caught anything yet.
Has anybody else had this sort of problem and any idea what is causing
it. The amount of earth being excavated is quite incredible and the soil in
my garden is very, very stony. I have three cats and they haven't caught
Yep, and rats are particularly intelligent animals too. They suffer
pain, and badly. Sadly treated with contempt in most of the western
world, revered in other cultures.
There are natural nad painless ways of dealing with rats and mice.
Sonic deterrents discourage effectively, in many cases.
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So is the idea that mice leave the area due to feeling inferior in someway?
Or do that just start hunting for one hell of a party thats going on
Darren - images of mice looking for an orgy and dying of disappointment :)
They could be young rats, which are easier to trap than their
much cleverer parents.
We poured conc. disinfectant down into the tunnels and that
did drive them away.
Mice and rats will always try to live near a regular supply
of food. Do you feed the birds nearby, or do you have a
compost bin (worms) in the vicinity? Getting rid of a
food source is important.
The piles of earth and network of tunnels are extremely suggestive of
moles to me; although 2 ins diameter sounds a little large. Don't
suppose moley likes rat poison, which would explain the council's
failure! They rarely, if ever, emerge from underground which explains
the cats lack of success(although I remember ours got one once).
They can be got rid of in many ways - the green/PC solution is
supposed to be an electronic gizmo you stick in the ground and the
ultrasonic noise or whatever it produces is supposed to scare them
off. No idea if they work.
Alternatives are poison firework jobs which you shove down the holes;
otherwise there are various nasty mechanical traps (google for mole
trap) which are fairly effective.
Assuming you have got moles, they are not a health problem like rats
and other than creating little piles of topsoil, AFAIK they are
unlikely to cause damage (somebody will now tell us their house
collapsed due to moles undermining the foundations...) Moles probably
help drainage of the soil too. So you may feel you can live with
They are certainly incredible earth shifters, you may well have no
more than a couple causing your problem.
firstname.lastname@example.org (David) wrote in message
Agree these could be moles. I personally don't mind them, but having
had a bad fall as a result of stepping in a hole I now take more of a
If you bait near the runs with some dog food you will see if there are
rats, however they are suspicious and may take several days to take
the bait. Then you can watch and see what the problem is.
For rats and moles you could also try connecting a pipe to the exhaust
of a petrol mower if you have one, and piping the fumes underground
into the tunnels. Have to make sure the end of the pipe at the
exhaust doesn't get hot and melt, so use some metal pipe for the first
bit and flexible garden hose once the gas is cool enough.
Another option for rats is to get the help of someone with an airgun.
A competent shot will be able to kill a rat instantly with a single
shot, and have a suitable rifle, with a special lamp for night
shooting. If you wish you could ask for a demonstration of accuracy
with a paper target before before letting someone loose. Contact your
local Gunshop, you may have a local Gun/Air Rifle club, or look in the
Airgunner or Airgun World magazines at the newsagents for contact.
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