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“Will this meshwork keep the rats from burrowing?”

by Prince Of Petworth May 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm 13 Comments

Thanks to Charles for sending:

“Around Dupont Circle today. Azaleas, hydrangeas, & some other kind of bushes. First I thought: new homes for the rats. Then I saw they were putting wire mesh first & then making holes in the mesh to put the plants through before covering the mesh with some soil. Will this meshwork keep the rats from burrowing? Won’t the rats just dig under at the edges?”

  • Adam

    Hardly… The rats will burrow around the edges and the mesh will provide great cover. If you want an example just look at the Q street entrance of the Dupont metro station. There are rat holes are all over the plant spaces and the stone provides great cover for them.

    The only way to get rats to move is to cut off their food sources.

  • textdoc
  • Ward One Resident

    They’ll just dig right through the mesh. Little f’ers can pretty much eat through anything.

  • I like the addition of the plants. Will make the circle very pretty when the flowers are blooming!

  • ST21

    But when does the fountain turn on? That’s the real question.

  • wdc

    It took the rats less than two weeks to gnaw a hole in my new Grey-issued trash can. It might take them three to get through the mesh. Just in time for litter #1 of 6.

  • [rrrrr]

    We had rats behind our building (row house parking pad area). Put down mesh and mothballs, and the combo seems to have done the trick. Get the occasional chicken bone showing up, guessing someone dragged it over, from a neighboring yard. But we don’t have them nesting anymore which is wonderful.

  • Kevin

    We have this in our window box. I think it’s pretty effective at keeping the rats away.

  • Anonymous

    The real solution is addressing the garbage issue in Dupont Circle. The garbage cans are open top cans, and are easily accessible by rats. The cans are also not emptied nearly often enough. What about investing in better garbage cans? A quick online search shows that a 42 gallon, open top plastic garbage can costs $346.00. The sides are slick, so rats can’t climb up. This whole thing could be resolved for less than $4,000, which seems like a bargain.

    • Anonymous

      Update: there are also concrete versions. There’s no way a rat would chew threw that.

  • General Grant Circle

    “First I thought: new homes for the rats. ”
    You see people planting beautiful flowers and bushes and your first thought is
    “great more rats?”
    Some people really are glass half empty people

  • Reality

    I’m a lover of plants and flowers in the district, but must admit I was glad when the bushes were removed because of rats. I hope the mesh will help!


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