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Real Estate - October 14, 2016


Growing your own food is great until evidence of rodents appears

by Elizabeth Lorenz

Professorville resident Dexter Girton is an avid gardener who began noticing something was eating his crops. When he was convinced it was rats, his engineering background kicked into gear and a night-vision camera he rigged confirmed his suspicions.

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Posted by Mochismo Mouse
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 14, 2016 at 8:34 am

Palo Alto is infested rats, I suspect the many lush overgrown gardens don't help. I've even seen them running down the power lines. A good pellet gun and a case of Beer make quick fun on my back porch.

Posted by Rats' Nest
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2016 at 8:50 am

Rats' Nest is a registered user.

Santa Clara County has a rat problem AND a termite problem. Termites are a favorite snack of rats, so if you have a rat problem in your home, you may have a termite infestation!

Posted by no Snow
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2016 at 11:51 am

no Snow is a registered user.

One of the reasons for year-round termites, and thus, a rat problem, is that the SF Bay Area never has snow, nor a long, hard, killing frost.

Most of the northern hemisphere has cold enough winters to severely reduce the termite population-- except the Mediterranan area and the Bay Area.

Posted by Ratus Ratus
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

It comes in waves depending on the area. In MV we lost entire summer harvests until we started putting up bird netting (best barrier I have found) Back then electric traps were new and ruthlessly efficient. I caught 3 withing a 2 hour span one evening using the same trap. Now they seem to know to avoid it, and though the numbers have diminished over the years, we still need to watch. Once they find the food, they'll keep coming back, but now that the population has decreased some, it's not as bad. That nsaid, you can watch them run the wires each and every night. They're not going away; think of them as night squirrels

Posted by neighbors
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Oct 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

We're overrun with squirrels and occasionally have seen rats. Ick. I suggest this as a topic for neighbor discussion - because with most homes and yards so close together, it takes a neighborhood to make a difference. Discuss how everything like pet food must be covered up outside, garbage lids solidly on, excessive foliage trimmed back, dropped fruit picked up in the yard, etc. This will help to reduce the rodent and vermin populations...I hope.

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