dealing with rats in the garden
For the past few years, I periodically get invaded by rats in my garden. I think its especially bad in the fall, and they seem to have a liking to my brassica plants the most.
Last year I got a some of my spinach and broccoli plants chomped up until I killed some of the rats off with either rat poison (put in places inaccessible to my dog) , or with some traps I set out. But I hate using rait poison due to the risk of my dog finding it, or eating a dead rat, or some wildlife, like an Owl or Hawk, eating the infected rat.
Well the rats are back at it again. I put out some cabbage and Brussellsprouts seedlings a month ago, and they have been chomped, almost to the bare stem. Its very frustrating!!! My spinach has been attacked too. So I have to start over with them (fortunately here in Dallas area, these plants can be grown through the winter, if I use a tarp over them when we get real cold spells, so I have time to start over).
Also, they have developed a liking for my pumpkin and summer squash blossoms. Time is running out for those, so I am hoping they stay away from my female flowers!!
So I was wanting to see what others do to deal with rats. I've already killed 2 using traps, and have about 5 traps set out. But I think there are more. Any other ways to deter or kill the vermin?