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Getting rid of giant rodents(soil diggers)?
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aanandhi
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October 31, 2010 - 6:43 pm
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Hi GG / Anyone,

Any ideas on how to get rid or deter the rodents of your ground?

Aanandhi

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Hi Aanandhi, we had a huge problem of bandicoots in our neighborhood. Happy to report that I don't have that problem anymore. 

Some cats in the neighborhood definitely helped scare them away. I also started throwing my garlic and onion peels on to the soil. Eventually some unpeeled pods grew into garlic plants too. Not sure if this is a sure fire solution, but apparently they are deterred by the strong smell of garlic and onions. 

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November 1, 2010 - 1:01 pm
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Asha,

Appreciate your thoughts. I am putting garlic and onion peels in my garden. Still I see them around. Probably it is not intense enough for the spaceConfused Also there are couple of street cats  that always roams around the yard. 

Aanandhi

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hi,

 

Ratkill is a good option. I managed to get rid of some of the Bandicoots but the new ones kept coming back. As of now there aren't any but I am sure once I have good tomatoes and Brinjals on the plants they would be back in a jiffy.

 

I have more or less given up the fight. I am now planning on going for soilfree gardening (growing in growbags about 18" above the ground).

 

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Srikanth

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Thanks,

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November 17, 2010 - 11:54 pm
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Hey

I have the same problem. My lovely sweet potato vine is under attack..think the bugger is after the potato underground. Worried sick, I've started shifting the pot indoors after sundown! Then he attacked my Geraniums...soon, looks like all my pots would need to move indoors and that certainely is not feasible Frown

Does any of you have a non-violent solution? I am going to try the garlic and onion solution mentioned above, but these buggers are pretty smart, they'll work a way around soon

Any other remedies please?

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November 18, 2010 - 8:21 am
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Hi ,

Here are some non-invasive ideas:

Rodents tend to dig around the garden edges. I am thinking of laying a mesh around the garden edge about 1.5 - 2 feet  deep. Since I have a small area and planning for growing only vegetables in that space, I think this would be ideal if it works.  

Another idea that I got from the net, is to plant some scented plant such as mint(invasive roots!) and marigold around the border. 

There is one another flowering plant "Fritillaria imperialis"/Crown Imperial, a bulb variety is know to repel rodents, mice, rats, even sqirrels due to its funky smell of the flower. Looks very attractive though! Wonder if it will grow in Chennai?

Another technique that tribal peple still follow is to fire smoke in the holes and enclosing the hole with a pot which has a hole for air to keep the smoke going for an hour. This will kill the whole colony living in the hole.

Hope this helps.

Enjoy Gardening!

Aanandhi

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November 18, 2010 - 9:17 am
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Hi Aanandhi

Great suggestions. 

My fellow seems to be a weird sort as  the pot he was digging up was a Geranium plant (which does have a strong smell) Confused

My gardening is limited to the balcony, so am going to try your mesh option around it....but my fear is that this fellow might climb anyway (as we are on the ground floor). Your smoke idea seems very effective too...our tribes do know what they are doing

 

Thanks to all of you, am obsessed with the idea of growing some veggies, but this fellow (or fellows?) will make it possible? Let's see 🙂

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November 19, 2010 - 12:22 pm
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Hi Malathi,

In case of meshing the growing area, if you dig like 1 - 1 1/2 feet depth you can line the area with dry twigs/leaves and some cardboards/newspapers and cover it up with soil and compost. As this will encourage the earthworms to grow and give nutrients to your soil. Also aerates the soil giving you good drainage without tilling. Also, you can place worm tower every 10 feet and put all kitchen organic waste into it once the worms are in place.

Aanandhi

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