Re: [gardeners] What's in the Basement?

margaret lauterbach (
Wed, 24 Feb 1999 09:29:30 -0700

At 10:20 AM 2/24/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi All,
>I am delurking to ask a question & hope someone has the answer.  Its
>time to start my first seeds of the season, under lights in the
>basement.  I moved a sad looking weeping fig down to the basement about
>a month ago.  I noticed that the soil had a hole dug in it, I filled it
>up & the hole would be back the next time I was in the basement.  I left
>it & now something is chewing on a large root in the pot.  Do rats or
>mice chew roots?  My basement is only partially dug out & half is still
>dirt.  I take my dog w/me to chase off whatever is there.  I don't mind
>bugs, love spiders as long as they keep their distance but I'm sorry
>rats & mice scare the s--t out of me.  It is time to get the D-Con out
>or is it something else.  
>TIA & can't wait to start those seeds (flowers) but would love to know
>what varmit is going to be down there w/me.
>E TN z6
Ifyou put D-Con out, do not take your dog into the basement and don't let
the dog get near it in any way.  It smells goods to dogs, and they'll eat
it.  I think you have a vole (large mouse-like critter, moves slower, has a
short tail to distinguish it from rats).  We buy expensive black
rectangular traps with a hole in one end.  Works like the olde time snap
mouse traps, but our dog can't get his foot inside and be harmed.  We do
have D-Con out in the basement, but that's now off-limits to the pooch.