In our new garden there are lots of big compost piles which is great, but the biggest near the polytunnel where I want to start growing edibles clearly has a large rats nest in it with a few obvious burrow holes.
I’m not sure how to deal with this, I don’t like killing anything but I think we do need to get rid of these. The neighbour has lots of cats patrolling the area already. Because of this and being in a remote spot with wildlife means I’d rather not use the bait poisons. I think the only route are the snap traps, which are also more humane because they kill instantly. But I’m pretty scared of rats and the thought of picking up a dead one to, I guess put in a bag and throw away(?) is not something I think I can deal with! Lol
I know they hate disturbance and change, so I’m thinking of turning and moving the whole heap to another location. It’s massive so that’ll take time but I think worth it.
But it feels I have to deal with the rats first otherwise they just go elsewhere, perhaps to the house or elsewhere in the garden. And I’m conscious we’re near spring when they start breeding.