Monday, January 26, 2009
I went down to the shed today to open the door as it was sunny and bright. This is the sight that met me. I stared in disbelief trying to think what had happened to the trays of seed potatoes.Some trays had been pushed aside and others had chunks nibbled out of them. I can only think mice or worse , rats?! I have never had any type of foodstuff in the shed so how did they suddenly realise the seed potatoes were there for the taking?
A close up of some of the damage done. On closer inspection I would have to think a rat ( I am hoping singular)! I will have to replace the seeds so I went back to the Ravens Court garden centre and told them my tale of woe. It seems rats have been known to cause this type of damage to any type of stored crop. I was told the seed potatoes can be rescued by cutting off the damaged parts as long as there is an 'eye' in the remaining part.The thought of even handling them is not pretty. I bought more seeds but before I put them out I was advised to set poison as otherwise I am just giving them second helpings!
I had to go to a CO-OP store to get this tub of bait and from the size of stock of this small size up to huge buckets of the stuff I am not the only one with a problem.
It has to be used carefully in containers away from where domestic animals or even birds can get at it.
So before it gets dark I am off to don my armour (read rubber gloves) to do battle with the local rodent population.