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Hedgehog, not rat-friendly garden

I have both hedgehogs and rats resident in my garden. May be because I have a compost heap and ponds. How do I get rid of rats whilst leaving the hedgehogs unharmed? I have tried the poison traps with rat-sized holes but they don't seem to be working.

Last edited: 23 October 2016 10:44:59


  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481

    Thanks Tetley. Yes, there is some evidence that rats are using the traps, but there are so many other food sources in the garden (compost heap) and I have frogs, toads and hedgehogs using the heap so am loathe to get rid of it. I'll persevere with the traps then. 

  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    Spilt food from bird feeding (you or your neighbours) will also encourage rats.

  • The_herpetologistThe_herpetologist West YorksPosts: 481

    I've got 3 bird feeders. Neither they nor the rats are close to the house. I'm more worried about the hedgehogs in the garden as l understands that rats can attack them and kill their young.

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