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
- Make a Garden Squirrel Repellent
- Get Rid of Squirrels in the Garden
- Kill Garden Bugs
- Get Voles Out of Houses
- Brown Spots on Green Peppers in a Garden
- Orange & Black Garden Beetles
- Why Are My Vegetable Plants Turning Yellow?
- Flowers & Herbs to Plant With Tomatoes
- How Far Should You Plant Tomatoes From Each Other?
- Keep Bugs Away From Tomato Plants
- Insect Control for a Vegetable Garden
- Make Organic Pesticides