Rats vs rats

Thomas Glavich tglavich@sbcglobal.net
Thu, 02 Sep 2004 21:00:23 PDT
I grow other South African plants and Cacti, and I have a real problem every year or two with rats eating Lithops and the less spiny cacti.  They can devestate a collection in a single night.  There is nothing worse than coming out in the morning, and seeing a bite taken out of a show plant.  I have had rats eat parts of some Ornithogalum.  They never seem to finish!

Susan Hayek <susanann@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
**Those rats that are really rats drive us crazy, scurrying about at night.
We've had no problems, so far, with bulbs being eaten.
We have had a problem with the bird feeding areas being hit nightly, 
and I wonder about the tomatoes.

Are there any bulbs particularly affected by rodents? and are there 
any particularly untasty?

We have such a bad gopher problem (Leon traps and traps; the dogs 
generally have more success) that a lot of our plants are planted in 
wire baskets.

>As a resident of Altadena, just north of Pasadena.
>Rats are Rats, and palms are notorious homes for them. Many palms 
>have an ugly aluminum skirt about eye height to keep the rats out. 
>Grey squirrels are here in abundance as well, but they don't seem to 
>nest in palms much. I've seen them both running across the walls 
>behind my house.
>We still have the sparrows, and in more recent times large flock of 
>ferral parrots, screeching through the morning sky.

susan, who is.....
owned by Jasper & Schubert the Standard Poodles, Gracie the 
Rhodesian, Pup-Quiz the Basenji and their Basenji brother, Jones.... 
on the North Coast of CA, USA
susanann@sbcglobal.net, copyright 2004
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