I found these mini guys in my compost heap yesterday., I really hope I didn't scare Mum away for good. I will leave the compost undisturbed now for a while - not sure how long to leave them alone for though?
I'd let nature take its course.
What are they?
Hope they are not Rats ?
I've not seen any sign of any rats in my garden. I have seen both mice and voles so I think these babies are either of those - they are tiny I know there's no size reference on the picture so it's hard to tell their size.
Yes be careful, if they are rat babies you will have problem getting them to leave your garden. If you are a bird feeder you may end up with my problem, my bird feeders have attracted rats to the garden and the neighbours garden (much to his disgust!) sadly I am now stuck with what to do. I am so upset at the prospect of taking the bird feeders away as I have many different species that visit. I don't like seeing the rats though so don't know what to do! Will the birds be o.k if I take the feeders away? Shall I remove them gradually?? Any ideas??
Surely if they were rat babies there would be a lot of them, I thought rats had large litters?
Hi LeadFarmer, I have tried that but they just run up the tree and nibble it from the trays. Tried the Chilli powder thing but they still were happy to munch. I had TWO come into the garden this morning eeek! I fear the only course of action now is to remove the last remaining bird feeder and pray the birds will move on to another decent food source. I will just have to endure seeing the small birds coming and having no food at all for them. Its very upsetting to see but what choice do I have? At least there is an abundance of natural food around at this time of year so perhaps it is a good time to remove the feeder..
Rats they can be killed, cleared them from our garden.
I had rats on my patio earlier in the year and saw them going in my garage. I bought a few bait stations and poison from eBay, along with a few rat traps. I caught half a dozen in the traps and found a couple that had been poisoned. Haven't seen any since.