Rat In The Compost Bin
We have a beehive type of bin, in use for about a year & sitting on lengths of slab about 8" wide (so wooden edge is not on bare soil but worms can get in).
Finally my cousin's available soon to put down a proper base for it but yesterday we noticed our "visitor". I put some poisoned bait into a length of drain pipe & laid it by the hole which had been dug under the slab. The hole only appeared within the last couple of days or so & we therefore hope that it's on its own. (I haven't dare open the bin & look in ) (or stir it.......)
So, provided the bait works & it's the only one, what would the best way to make a base for it? We could fix chicken mesh to the bottom (would it chew the wire?) Cousin suggested standing the slabs on their sides so it would have to dig down 8" to get in - could that work?
We have 2 bins, no.2 so far unused & will be sited a fair distance apart.
As for content we eat a lot of fruit so a lot of banana skins, apple cores,etc & the only "cooked" stuff is shells from boiled eggs.