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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2017, 10:26:28 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, LaurainFL. This user is located in Zone 8b/9a, NW Florida. This was originally posted on July 21, 2013.

Unfortunately, Gardendoc is probably right. Rats come out at night and hide and sleep by day, so you may never see them. They are extremely good climbers. Last year they climbed my grape vines to the top of the arbor and ate every one of my grapes.  Angry They seem to know which tomatoes are the tastiest, too.

The worst part is, you almost never have *one* rat. You usually have a colony. Even if there are only two, they will breed fast. If unchecked by predators or you, they will eat everything in your garden. They just started on your tastiest tomatoes first.

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2017, 10:27:45 am »
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Thanks for the information.  I will see what I can catch!

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2017, 10:28:25 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, rancjones. This was originally posted on July 22, 2013.

I live in the Atlanta area

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2017, 10:29:14 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, gardendoc. This user is located in Ocean Springs, MS Zone 9a. This was originally posted on July 22, 2013.

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Unfortunately, Gardendoc is probably right. Rats come out at night and hide and sleep by day, so you may never see them. They are extremely good climbers. Last year they climbed my grape vines to the top of the arbor and ate every one of my grapes.  Angry They seem to know which tomatoes are the tastiest, too.

The worst part is, you almost never have *one* rat. You usually have a colony. Even if there are only two, they will breed fast. If unchecked by predators or you, they will eat everything in your garden. They just started on your tastiest tomatoes first.

Think of the movie Ratatouille and you will get the idea. We have three 10,000SF commercial bait stations in our 5,000SF urban farm to battle all the cousins wanting to come to the buffet

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2017, 10:30:18 am »
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Thanks for the information.  I will see what I can catch!

I've never had a rat problem, neither indoors nor out, lots of feral cats on my little acre. However, I can usually count on getting several mice once the weather gets cold, and they always seem to come in pairs. I set out peanut butter traps, catch them, and that's that... done for the winter.

This spring, in my plant room, I was surprised to find that all my melon seeds Id just planted were methodically dug up, cracked open and the inner nuts eaten. Out came the traps, and I caught the mice (a pair), not in the plant room, but at the other end of the house, in my kitchen. End of problem.

I'm just amazed that the little buggers are brazen enough to travel room-to-room to see what they can find. Then again, I remember how, years ago I fed my cat upstairs in my attic (to keep the dog from the food), and later when Spring cleaning, in my bedroom closet I found a sweater containing a mouse nest with dry cat food cached. That mouse had to travel up and down stairs multiple times with food and get to my closet without the cat catching on. Amazing!

Anyway, good luck with the traps, and please post when you catch the culprit.

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2017, 10:31:18 am »
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Sorry for the delay in responding.  We caught 3 mice in trays for 2 days.  That seems to have taken care of the problem.  Thanks for the good advice.  Who knew...mice?

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Re: Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2017, 10:32:36 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, cagjmg. This was originally posted on August 7, 2013.

Red pepper flakes worked for me.  I think ours is a groundhog.