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Pests & Diseases > Rats and mice

Cause

Rat and mice plagues are rural events. When the breading population out strips the food supply your seedlings are prime food source. Look for the pellet shaped poo around and ion the devoured seedling tubes to detect the presence of rats 

Prevention

Ensure benches are well away from overhanging ledges, branches or close platforms that the rats and mice can jump from. The bench will need to have vertical supports that are not easily climbed - and the top needs to extend well past the vertical supports so that the critters cannot reach the edge and get on top. E.g. 44 gallon drum with large square flat top works well. Seedlings need to be covered closely meshed chicken wire.

Cure

Rats can decimate seedlings in one night so prevention is always better than cure.

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