Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

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  1. ladyd

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    Hi all,

    I am rehabilitating some old vegie beds... they were very weed infested, so many months ago I laid down some cardboard sheets to kill off the weeds. I didn't get around to actually making the beds for months... I recently started making raised garden beds, and when I pulled up my old cardboard (to use it elsewhere), I found an extensive series of underground tunnels, right below the cardboard. Now, I'd seen something running around, early morning-ish, a bit like a rat, but I didn't get a close look.

    So... what could it be? I don't think it could be a snake - the tunnels were really quite extensive. And about as big as a lady's balled fist. Has this ever happened to you?
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    Bandicoot perhaps ?
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    Hi Lady'bd,
    I reckon they'll be mice or rats maybe bush rats but most likely to be mice.
    cheers Mike
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    yeh i'd also say rodents of the rodent kind, time to set some bait stations.

    len
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    or perhaps encourage pytons to take up residence - you may loose a young chook or two but they are great mousers.
    we had a huge black snake here and the bloke next door came in to get thanked for killing him for us a few years back. We didn't thank him and still do not because we have a rat problem we never had with that snake around. Now blacks can bite really bad (but rarely do) but the diamond python is a beaut.

    We need to create a harmony in our lives and not reach for the poison when we see a problem developing (IMHO)
    respectfully
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    snakes and suburbia just don't mix i'm afraid to say.

    and even in the bush where we had oddles of red-bellies and pythons and tree snakes plus a myriod of browns, we still had rat problems, from bad husbandry on the next property.

    len
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    They are the bigger rats, and don't worry, you can easily get rid of them. Put some rat poison in front of the tunnels. Or you can also set some trap at the tunnel openings to kill them, if you want to.
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    Sounds like moles to me. We don't have them here in Hawaii thank goddess, but I remember them from Florida. Where are you?
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    g'day eloise,

    no moles, voles or other tunnelers here in aus' either just rodents.

    len
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    I've seen little tunnels in my veggie beds too, but not under the cardboard. Rather, they're fairly shallow holes dug diagonally down into the mulch, and I think I can see frogs hanging out down there sleeping in the daytime. I'm hoping they're just frogs (rather than cane toads, for example), but am not yet very familiar with the Queensland fauna. The only time I see them moving about is in the evening, when I'm watering after dark, and they seem to be only about five-six centimetres long, not counting legs.

    Ståle
     
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    g'day sale,

    frogs usually find other moist places to hide in dark spots during the day, cane toads will bury into the garden.

    len
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    Ah, so it's time to get the shovel out (and don protective gear) for some splatter time?
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    or Ståle,

    more humans catch them and wrap them in plastic shopping bag and put in deep freeze overnight much more humane and no danger to you. then put into vege garden as fertiliser.

    len
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    Ah, got it. Googled a bit and found more good advice: as you said, to make it relatively painless for the toad, stick it in a plastic bag (in the fridge first for a few hours and then in the freezer when it's pretty much asleep and leave it for a few days). Also, make sure it really is a cane toad and not some native frog. That's the part I'll concentrate on first.

    Thanks for the advice, Len (and apologies to Ladyd if I hijacked the thread!)

    Ståle
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    won't need days just over night. you may find that the bottom of the fridge is going to be cold enough to send them off. it doesn't take much cold.

    len
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    Do you think it could be a platypus? We aren't on a river, but there is one 100 metres away...
     
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    Re: Tunnels beneath my vegie beds!

    platypus usually burrows into the river bank. there where some on a property i grew up on.
    They are usually very shy. I do not think they would risk making the 100 odd meter trip.

    Best I could think is maybe river rats. or feral rats.
    I think there are bandicoots down that way as well?
     

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