Few things are more frustrating than spending time and energy growing vegetables in the garden only to discover that rats are munching on them before you can. These sneaky rodents can squeeze into small openings, so fences are largely ineffective. By limiting potential nesting spots and repelling the creatures with unappealing scents, you can keep them away from your crops. Start working to prevent rats early in the planting season. According to the mentors at Garden Help, rats produce several generations in one season. Two rats in the garden can quickly multiply to dozens.
Limit composting material. A thick layer of straw may minimize weeds, but it also provides a nesting spot for rats and other pests.
Plant mint or marigold plants along the garden's border. The scent of these plants repels rats. Moth balls around the garden may also prevent rats from visiting.
Place bacon and peanut butter in traps. Put the traps around the garden and near any potential nesting spots in the yard.
Things You Will Need
- Rodent traps
- Peanut butter
- Moth balls
- Mint plants
- Jerusalem Artichokes in Companion Planting
- Get Rid of Squirrels in the Garden
- Transplant Allium
- Protect Vegetables From Insects in the Garden
- Holy Basil Companion Plants
- Get Rid of Rats in the Garden
- Keep Squirrels Out of a Vegetable Garden
- Keep Chipmunks Away From My Tomato Plants
- What Plants Repel Animals?
- Keep Bugs Away From Tomato Plants
- Make a Garden Squirrel Repellent
- Get Rid of Aphids Without Harming Flowers