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shaheen_lal
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March 11, 2011 - 5:06 pm
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Can someone give me some ideas how to protect my plants from mice and rats on my terrace in Mumbai? They eat up all my plants and my tomato plants are getting ready to flower and dont want to loose them.

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Only rat poison will keep them away. Because no matter what you do these critters will reach the plants.

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shaheen_lal
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I have put rat poison a couple of times but they seem to be happily eating that and still surviving. Laugh

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try that stick pad thing (with bait of course)

on what floor are you ?

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Try grinding some mint leaves with stem and everything and pour the juice near the planters. The rats seem to hate the strong scent of mint. It works for me. Also you can try growing scented herbs in between plants.

Anandhi

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shaheen_lal
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. But would you believe they have even eaten my mint plants!!! But will try the mint spray. Hope it works for me too.

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Darkstorm, I live on the 7th floor but these guys are smart. They climb up the drain pipes to enjoy my delicious plants. Laugh

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You can also try peppermint spray. Or orange peels, garlic peels etc... I have read that they also hate the smell of cat's urine.

They are indeed really smart species. Finding out what deters them is a state of art. Creating boundaries for them is another.

Good luck!

Anandhi

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Srikanth
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Hi,

 

The only effective solution I have found was rat poison. I had to use 14 packets of Rat poison to get rid of the bandicoots. They keep eating the rat poison but come back the next day. If there are too many rats then you will find rats for many days. You just need to keep feeding the rat poison.

 

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Rat poison works best and also the trap. I prefer the trap. Some days, I have seen the rat poison missing and still no dead rats.This is also a problem if you have some pets and small kids.Rat poison packets say pests won't eat it or it is safe with pets. I am not ready to take chances since there is a beautiful labrador in our apartment. Trap works best in those cases. Buy Vada and cut it into small piece and put it in the trap. I caught one every day for more than a week. I hate to kill them after catching. So I take the trap and leave them far far away from my house. That's just me. what you want to do with that caught rat is based on the damage it caused 🙂

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geekgardener said:

what you want to do with that caught rat is based on the damage it caused 🙂


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It may not be rats. You may be getting bats at night.

If you still think you are getting rats try to put a circular disc around the drain pipes. Ships use such things to keep rats from coming onboard. They are called rat guards...and are put across mooring ropes.

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Nice solution. Been in ships?

When I said I have rat problem on my 6th floor. First thing that came to my mind was drainpipes. But 6 floor? Can rats climb 6 floors on just that drain pipe? After lots of investigation, It turned out that they are taking the stairs .
Check that out too.

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shaheen_lal
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I have blocked the drain pipes but the problem is that my terrace is adjoined on both sides to two other terraces. While one is unoccupied, the owners of the other one keep a sack of grain on their terrace as they feed pigeons early morning. So my blocking drains is of no use as they come from there and I have seen them climb back and forth several times. Cry

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