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Backyard composting is the sustainable use of resources. It takes household scraps and yard waste and turns it into an ecologically friendly soil amendment.
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Rats are naturally attracted to a compost bin for its food source and for potential habitat. Composting should be done in a rodent proof structure. Turn your compost regularly to ensure critters don’t take up residence. Add sufficient nitrogen to keep the compost hot. This will break down food scraps quickly making them less attractive to rodents.
Compost containing food waste can be higher in nutrients because food scraps are often higher in nitrogen than yard waste only compost.
For more information about backyard composting, contact OSU Extension Service Compost Specialists, or attend a free compost education demo.