Matamata Chronicle - - Gardening -

I’ve been blam­ing the black­birds and thrushes for dec­i­mat­ing my toma­toes but it seems that rats are in res­i­dence too. My son’s girl­friend spot­ted a brazen rat mak­ing off with a whole tomato and man­aged to pho­to­graph it when it came back for more. There’s been some tun­nelling ac­tiv­ity in the com­post bin as well. I pre­fer to set traps as they kill in­stantly rather than use baits, which cause a slow death by de­hy­dra­tion. Peanut but­ter, bits of fat or cooked meat are rec­om­mended baits. Place traps un­der cover out of reach of chil­dren and pets. If you use

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