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Decking - The Ideal Home For Rats

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That fashion of putting planks in your garden, as started by the "Ground Force" team, and slavishly followed in millions of homes.

Well it turns out that it is like building a rat hotel in your back garden. They just love it.

A happy rat yesterday:

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Got decking yet?

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That fashion of putting planks in your garden, as started by the "Ground Force" team, and slavishly followed in millions of homes.

Well it turns out that it is like building a rat hotel in your back garden. They just love it.

A happy rat yesterday:

mouseteddybear.jpg

Got decking yet?

That picture...is wrong. :blink:

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That fashion of putting planks in your garden, as started by the "Ground Force" team, and slavishly followed in millions of homes.

Well it turns out that it is like building a rat hotel in your back garden. They just love it.

A happy rat yesterday:

mouseteddybear.jpg

Got decking yet?

In my 17 year year career as a Local Authority EHO I would agree wholeheartedly - I used to refer to them as rat farms.

In pub and retaurant locations they are a rats paradise

They provide overhead cover - protection from predators / weather

People drop food through it all day.

I now work for a major pub / hotel chain and decking is a fricking slip, trip and fall nightmare

Whoever thought it was a good idea for our climate should held down and repeatedly kicked in the bollux.

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In my 17 year year career as a Local Authority EHO I would agree wholeheartedly - I used to refer to them as rat farms.

In pub and retaurant locations they are a rats paradise

They provide overhead cover - protection from predators / weather

People drop food through it all day.

I now work for a major pub / hotel chain and decking is a fricking slip, trip and fall nightmare

Whoever thought it was a good idea for our climate should held down and repeatedly kicked in the bollux.

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Decking, what a good idea.

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Decking is for building out over lakes, rivers and sea.

In a few years time, of course, the sub-standard timber will be a festering mass of wet-rot: the quick whiz Pozidrive screws beloved of TV bodgers will have rusted; and garden clearance specialists will be earning very nicely, thank you, taking piles of nasty rotten junk to tips.

What is wrong with grass for sitting outside?

And the other excresence of marketing hyperbole which should be banned are hot tubs and patio heaters.

If it's cold FFS then go indoors!

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Decking is for building out over lakes, rivers and sea.

And the other excresence of marketing hyperbole which should be banned are hot tubs and patio heaters.If it's cold FFS then go indoors!

How true this is.

The trouble is, people can't stop buying stuff, and when your house and garage are full of crap, you fill up your garden with more stuff..because you just cant stop buying stuff!!

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In my 17 year year career as a Local Authority EHO I would agree wholeheartedly - I used to refer to them as rat farms.

In pub and retaurant locations they are a rats paradise

They provide overhead cover - protection from predators / weather

People drop food through it all day.

I now work for a major pub / hotel chain and decking is a fricking slip, trip and fall nightmare

Whoever thought it was a good idea for our climate should held down and repeatedly kicked in the bollux.

As I am in the position of looking round properties, I am staggered at the number of people who have invested in this sh1te in order to sell their property. I told the EA - I would have THAT ripped out if I bought the property.

Why oh why, do halfwitted vendors do stuff to their house that has to be undone - by any discerning buyer?huh.gif

Another no-no as regards ergonomically unsound, is the built- UNDER oven. Who in their right mind installs a cooking system - in a bungy most lkely to be bought by 'oldies' -with an oven which requires you to lift summat hot and heavy, out of a hole which you have to bend down to access, huh?blink.gif

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True but as long as a Jack Russel can get under the decking you should be relatively rodent free.

Still, I can't help but spare a thought for some poor little fieldmouse, thinking it is nice and safe there.unsure.gif I well remember when one came into our house when the weather had turned colder. It looked so vulnerable. I hadn't the heart to kill it. OH took it outside and SAID he did not kill it, but I have my doubts.sad.gif

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The people who put these in round here have kept my Psycho-Kitty feeling young, happy and fulfilled for many years now, and for that, I am grateful to the silly sods.

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My sister has decking(in a Stockport suburb),and a family of polecats moved underneath it! They're quite cute though,and presumably would keep any rats down.

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Still, I can't help but spare a thought for some poor little fieldmouse, thinking it is nice and safe there.unsure.gif I well remember when one came into our house when the weather had turned colder. It looked so vulnerable. I hadn't the heart to kill it. OH took it outside and SAID he did not kill it, but I have my doubts.sad.gif

A few years ago a fieldmouse made a nest in a bag of leaf cuttings I had in my greenhouse that I was letting rot for compost. I'd often see a little face poking out when I was working out there - I was quite remarkably cute!

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A few years ago a fieldmouse made a nest in a bag of leaf cuttings I had in my greenhouse that I was letting rot for compost. I'd often see a little face poking out when I was working out there - I was quite remarkably cute!

Surely that's for the fieldmouse to judge, not you!

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Can't remember who said it, but I wholeheartedly agreed with the person who said ' in a decade or so decking will be the garden equivalent of the avocado bathroom suite'

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My sister has decking(in a Stockport suburb),and a family of polecats moved underneath it! They're quite cute though,and presumably would keep any rats down.

Suburban polecats B) I caught an escaped polecat / ferret as a kid. It would savage the rats in and around the farm buildings given half a chance.

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Our landlord has foxes underneath our decking.

Drives the dog mad as he is too big to get through the hole.

The cat OTOH beats the living sheet out of them and won't let them out. :)

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There was a little bit of low rise decking at our house when we bought it. It would not have been my first choice, but it serves its purpose reasonably well, and presumably was cheaper to install than a patio. I treat it once a year and it comes up as good as new. Never seen a rat in our garden.

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Surely that's for the fieldmouse to judge, not you!

That was an unfortunate typo :P

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