Rats and Grass Seed

I won't be at our unit until the morning - but we've got rats making their way down from the roof. Not impressed.

The currently epic quantity of grass seed being the target, going to have to live in the garage at home in the meantime. 

Does anyone have any cost effective storage solutions? Huge plastic tubs I'm cautious to invest in given they're plastic. I don't want us to be forever monitoring traps - we've got work to do after all! 

Never had this issue before - running the seed stocks real low in future! Thought a bulk purchase would be a great move ready for spring... 

Some kind of metal containers maybe? Eughh. 

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  • You can still get the old type galavanised dust bins from ebay for £20.00

    Put a weight on top and they cant get in.

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    Poison and traps, takes a while but do work. Might be worth getting rentokill or the like in to put a proper system in place.
    That said rat poison is generally enough to keep them at bay on the farm.
  • We had the same problem with mice, who will eat through plastic.  Our local agricultural merchant sorted us out a metal top opening storage bin about 5' x 3' x 3' for about £250 

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    Identify by the dropping size if its definitely rats or mice as different actives in rodenticide work better for one than the other.

    You could purchase amateur baits & boxes but certification now applies to 'Professional' quantites purchased in tubs larger than 1-1.5kg. The max size for amateur baits next year will be 200g sachets.....I believe the strength of active ingredients in all rodenticides are being halved from next year too but in a phased withdrawl....

    FUN FACT: rats can produce litters of 8-10 rat pups every 3-4 weeks.. !

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      "FUN FACT: rats can produce litters of 8-10 rat pups every 3-4 weeks.. !"

      I think it's about 1,000 offspring from a single starting pair, isn't it? That applies to all rodents too.

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        "breeding like rabbits - those rats..."

        FUN FACT #2: rats need a constant source of water. They urinate continuously everywhere ( a bit like teenage boys in the bathroom..) and the urine can be picked up by UV light

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    Not so fun fact - I've ordered three bins. Currently ~200kg sat in the garage at home for now. Thanks all!

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