3 Reasons to Declare War on the Garden Theives

Tdianabeebe_watermarks-04his week, I’ve been basking in the glory of my site’s new look. For fun, I even thought of a hashtag (#MDDW because Mermaids Don’t Do Windows is too long for Twitter).

But a shadow has been looming over my glory. Actually, it’s been coming out at night to eat my spinach sprouts. And my seeds.

I’m talking rats, people. Not little field mice. Nope. RATS!


Possibly the most disgusting wild creature in my neighborhood. EVER.

I’m sorrynotsorry that one of our traps caught one the other day. I’m getting ready to set two more traps. Why am I waging war on the rats?

I’ll give you three reasons:

  1. The mess they make is the worst. I found rat poop on my back porch–near my back door!–where at least one ventured over to eat my beans.
  2. They ate my seeds and my spinach. I’m not growing food to support a rat population.
  3. They made a mess in my garden shed. We spend all afternoon cleaning it today. *gags*

Why do I set traps that have to be cleaned up after rather than putting out poison?

I do it for the owls, mostly. Owls catch rodents and eat them or feed them to their owlets. Feeding baby owls poisoned rats is not good for the owls. Besides, isn’t there enough poison in the environment?

Have you ever had to deal with unpleasant pests? What would you do to protect your garden?

8 comments on… “3 Reasons to Declare War on the Garden Theives”

  1. So far, I’ve been pretty lucky with garden pests. What would I do? Just about anything short of poison or gettin’ a gun. I depend on that garden for daily fresh food in the short growing season that we have. I don’t want to share. 😉

    So love that hashtag.

    • Diana Beebe

      Your growing season is short! I don’t blame you a bit for not wanting to share. 😉

      And thanks! 😀

    • Diana Beebe

      No! I love owls–I know you do, too. :-* I just don’t want to feed them poisoned rats. We’ve seen a few little screech owls at night around our house. Such amazing animals!

  2. We’ve been dealing with the same sort of rodentia, but coming into the house … little bast**ds!!!
    We caught one with a live trap and relocated it, but it must’ve ‘ratted’ us out to the others because no-one came near the trap again. Sadly we resorted to kill traps, which seem to have worked, so far.

    • Diana Beebe

      We’ve been there, too. Bleh. Nothing worse than hearing them skitter in your house. *shiver* I feel for you! Some of them are smarter–they can steal the trap bait and get away. I hope you don’t have any more in your house!

  3. Rats are pretty disgusting (except for Vlad, the 300-year-old pirate rat in the books I coauthor). Definitely way too much poison in the environment already, so I applaud you for using traps. Your poor garden. I hope the rats scram!

    • Diana Beebe

      I hope they scram, too. So gross.

      Vlad sounds amazing! A 300-year-old pirate rat–I love that!

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