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Rat-proof compost bin

We have been composting all of our kitchen scraps soiled paper etc. for a quite a while now, but we failed to rat-proof our compost bin when we first built it.

As you can imagine this resulted in a very happy family of rats that took up residence under the wood pile adjacent to our compost bin.

I finally got around to doing something about it after seeing rats on a regular basis.

Basically consisted of just wrapping all 6 sides (bottom included – rats are great diggers) of the bin in galvanized half-inch hardware cloth (mesh), and adding a hinged lid.

I originally built it with scrap wood that was left over from our home renovation.

Here are the pics of the finished product. I also built a firewood rack to keep it off the ground and eliminate a friendly habitat for critters in the dirt underneath it.

I haven’t seen any rats for a few weeks now, so they appear to have moved on.



  1. jeremy says:

    What a great idea!

  2. Ben says:

    Very Cool. If you reinforced at least one side of the top, you could shovel the finished compost onto it and use it as a sifter.

  3. amanda says:

    cool! this is just what i’m looking for to ward away my rat pack, thx!


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