Rat-proof compost bin
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.