Rodent Control Suffolk & Essex: Rodent Proof Composters
If you want to keep rodents under control and away from your garden compost, Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions can help. We sell a variety of pest prevention and rodent control products for the domestic and commercial market. These include the Aerobin 400 rodent proof composter which is perfect for keeping rats and mice away from your garden compost. Based in Suffolk, we provide a full range of pest control services including rodent control to customers in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Colchester, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton, Maldon, Chelmsford, Witham and Braintree. Work further afield may also be considered.
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Rodent control is not just about eliminating infestations and keeping pests at bay inside buildings, but it is also about taking preventative measures in outside areas too. Throughout the year many people and business owners like to compost their kitchen waste and lawn clippings to provide nutritional soil for their garden and help their plants grow. However kitchen waste, such as vegetable clippings, can attract rodents which presents a problem in both domestic and commercial situations.
About the Aerobin 400
The Aerobin 400 rodent proof composter is an effective form of mice and rat control and has a discreet design, so it looks good in your garden all year round. It can be supplied by Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions and is most suitable for the domestic market but can just as easily be used by a garden restaurant or a small café tea room.
It is great for reducing the amount of waste you put in your council bin. The Aerobin 400 can take all your kitchen waste as well as newspapers, cardboard, chicken, rabbit, guinea-pig waste and garden litter such as lawn clippings, prunings and leaves. It measures 740 mm wide x 740 mm deep x 1200 mm tall and has a volume of 400 litres. Depending on the type of material you put in, it can weigh up to 400 kg.
Here at Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions, we feel the Aerobin 400 is undoubtedly the best composter on the market. It creates no fuss, no mess and is made of high grade plastic so it is long lasting.
However, it must be stressed in order for the composter to remain rodent proof it should be placed on a solid base such as a concrete slab. This prevents rodents getting under the skirt which runs all around the base of the bin. Soil, gravel or grass is not a suitable surface for the bin to rest on.
Here we shall look at how compost bins attract rats and why the Aerobin 400 is an effective rodent proof composter.
Composting is an environmentally friendly, natural way of disposing of waste. It avoids the use of landfill sites so it cuts down on greenhouse gasses and instead provides free and valuable soil for your garden.
By composting, in just three months to a year’s time you will have soil rich in nutrients for your flower beds, hanging baskets and potted plants – and have a thriving, healthy garden to be proud of.
Statistics show around a third of people in the UK compost their kitchen and garden waste and this is especially important as a third of the contents of your dustbin can be recycled in this way.
What Can You Compost?
All sorts of things can go into the compost bin, such as bread, grains, coffee filters, veg and fruit clippings, shredded cardboard, egg shells, lawn waste, flowers and small animal bedding/litter. You should not compost scraps of meat, fish and cooked food as this attracts rats. Although small shrubs can be composted, steer clear of composting large branches as these take a very long time to decompose and should be shredded.
How to Maintain Your Compost
Your compost needs air so to maintain it, so to keep the circulation going, it would normally have to be turned once a week or at least once a month using traditional composters. However with the Aerobin 400, due to its ‘lung’ which rises through the centre – see below, section on how the Aerobin works, this is not necessary. This is because the Aerobin draws fresh oxygenated air up through a grill at the bottom which feeds the bacteria with oxygen.
How Do Compost Bins Attract Rats?
Even by avoiding putting scraps of meat, fat and cooked food into your compost bin, it can still attract rats or mice who are after bread and vegetable clippings. One way of preventing this is by burying these scraps in the middle of the compost bin and under another layer of soil. However, rats and mice can still get in through the bottom of the bins if the holes are large enough or if the lid is not very secure.
This makes it very unpleasant when it comes to using the compost and it is also a health hazard if the bins are stored near a building. Rodents can use the bin for toileting and these faeces breed harmful bacteria which is also unhealthy. In addition to the human hazards, kitchen peelings make up an important part of the composting process so they should not be eaten up by rodents.
How To Prevent Rats/Mice Entering Your Compost Bin
There are a number of DIY steps you can take to prevent rats/mice entering your compost bin, such as putting large stones, or bricks inside, burying your bin deeper into the soil, putting wire mesh over the inside of the gaps and by using secure lids.
Getting rid of the pests once you have them is difficult, that is why it is best to use a rodent proof composter so you can be safe in the knowledge that rats and mice are not attacking your compost.
The Rodent Proof Composter – How It works
Bacteria and physical decomposers (such as slugs, beetles, earthworms, ants, bugs and flies) work to break down the organic matter you put in your compost bin. However, it is the chemical decomposers (such as bacteria and fungi) which are responsible for the bulk of the decomposition so it is important to provide the right conditions for them to thrive.
The Aerobin 400 provides all the conditions that the bacteria love to work in: warmth, moisture atmosphere and oxygen. We shall look at each of these conditions in turn to show you how the Aerobin 400 provides ideal conditions for composting.
Warmth: The entire bin, with the exception of the base, has a twin wall construction with insulation in between. This keeps the heat in so the bacteria works all year round. Even in freezing temperatures like that of which we experienced in winter 2010/11, if you took the lid off the bin the inside would still be steaming. You do not need to add any compost making additives to the Aerobin 400 as the bacteria does all the work for you.
Moisture: The whole bin is made out of tough plastic so it retains all the moisture. Any condensation forming on the bin lid is made to drip off onto the top of the organic matter by using drip bars. This ensures the top of the organic matter is kept moist, which speeds up decomposition.
The inside of the bin has moisture deflectors which force the descending moisture back into the organic matter to keep it moist (rather than running straight down to the bottom). Under the bottom of the bin is a 15 litre tank that holds all the excess moisture (which is called leachate).
This leachate makes absolutely fantastic plant food when diluted with water. There is a little tap in one corner at the base of the bin to run off the liquid. The tap is very low to the ground but you can attach a piece of hose pipe to make it easier to run off the leachate. The new 200 litre Aerobin has the tap positioned a little higher off the ground.
Oxygen: The Aerobin 400 has a lung that rises up through the centre. This consists of a couple of pipes and two umbrella type structures. The base of this lung is connected to a corner of the bottom of the bin which is covered by a little grill. As the bin is full of warm rising air, this draws fresh oxygenated air in through the bottom and up through your waste to feed the bacteria with oxygen.
The Aerobin 400 lid can be opened in any direction, four ways, and comes with hooks to hang it on the side of the bin. It comes in one colour – green and the recommended retail price is £249.
Aerobins can be delivered to both customers in the UK mainland and also overseas for an additional fee.