|Our compost pile 2011|
|Image from Arizona Beetles, Bugs, Birds, and More|
After some thinking and research I realized there are many things we can do, some are simple, others more extensive (like changing your actual bin). I plan to start with the simple and see how that goes. Here are some tips and tricks I found:
- Don't Put any Food Into the Bin that Animals Can Eat So I hope if your already composting you know not to put any animal poop, or animal products into your compost bin (unless it's washed egg shells), but what about fruit and veggie scraps? Well I only plan to put peels of fruits and veggies now in our compost bin, at least until I feel our compost bin is mouse proof.
- Keep Clutter That Can Serve as Shelter For Rodents Away From The Compost Pile In my case I plan to remove our extra concrete blocks and put them in the garage
- Water and Turn Your Compost Pile Frequently My lazy but is guilty of not doing this.
- Harvest Your Compost every 3- 6 months to remove potential nesting temptations from the rodents. I'm guilty of not harvesting our compost pile that often. In fact I waited 3 years after first creating it to harvest it. Our compost pile isn't making compost that fast either, perhaps we need to work on speeding that up... that could be part of the problem too. You can store your compost for later if you don't need it yet.
- Put food Scraps in the Middle of the Pile My lazy but is guilty of not doing this.
- Keep the compost bin away from walls, ditches, and any other areas that
might shelter rodents. Keep it as much out in the open as possible. Ours is close to our garage but other than that not to bad once I move the concrete blocks
- If you have open compost, enclose it. Get a suitable plastic bin or other compost structure from your local hardware store or garden center, or build your own enclosed structure. Open compost piles just make it too easy for rodents to access the tasty scraps. This is probably the most obvious one for us (as you can see from our picture above our compost bin is wide open and built from chicken wire). Coming up with a plan to enclose it will take some time so that will go to last on our list.
- Have Your Cat Visit Your Compost Often Since Mr Cat is really an indoor cat this one doesn't really work for us. And I know not every one has a cat, but If you have an outdoor cat, might as well take advantage of their mice killing skills. You could even try to train your cat to pee close to your bin.
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