crocus predators

Alberto Castillo
Sat, 17 Dec 2005 08:39:01 PST
Hi Brian:
           Why not to bait the traps with a label, then?
All the best

>I am using a "rodent bait" that uses a "digestion disrupter" as the
>active ingredient. Not sure what that is, but Plaster of Paris would
>seem to serve the same purpose. It seemed to be their favourite food,
>for about 3 days, now little disappears and the spring traps catch 5 or
>so mice a week. As we in the UK are reintroducing Red Kites I am trying
>to encourage them by throwing the corpses on the lawn, but although they
>disappear I suspect it is the magpies that take them. I find mice eating
>the young narcissus growth as much a problem as the crocus bulbs, which
>they really only go for in dry surface soil pots. Grit/gravel covered
>and damp, they usually ignore, at least until growth shows on the
>surface. The open ground is never dry in winter.
>My main problem at present is a wild rabbit they sneaks in and mows off
>young grasses, sedges, liriope, ipheon, tulips, and I suspect it took
>all the Chadd's Ford spiranthes by the way it was decapitated. I am
>trying a live trap, but what is more enticing to a rabbit than anything
>with a label in a pot? I am trying not to think of what it is going to
>do to the spring growth, and can't decide whether to keep it out, or in
>and trap it. I have no aversion to lead poisoning, but I am in a small
>garden surrounded by houses and need to do it discretely, and silently.
>Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8
>Frosty nights, but 1st butterfly of "spring" seen yesterday.

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