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    The HOTBIN is not rat proof.

    Rats like a cosy, dry place to nest, food to eat and shelter from predators. They usually find food via smell, so commonly odours coming from decaying material will usually attract rats.

    However! HOTBIN is a sealed unit with a built-in bio-filter to reduce any odours coming from the bin. This reduces the risk of rodents being attracted to the bin considerably.

    So, in theory (and largely in practice) - no odours = no rodents!


  • #2
    Something has been eating the vent bit on the top of the bin and it looks like it they have been trying to find a way in through the hole. I have had to put a bit of carpet and bricks on top. Could be rats, could be crows. Very resourceful our wildlife!

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    • #3
      I've had the same problem... I think it was foxes. I've stopped putting meat in my bin now. I wonder if HotBin do replacement vent at the top? Mine is gone!

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      • #4
        To add to this topic although I realise it's pretty old now: Yesterday, I tipped my Hotbin onto its back (I am pretty new to the bin and it was too wet at the bottom), I opened the front hatch, mixed in a lot more bulking agent as per recommendations and then re-attached to hatch and stood it back up again. The same night rats chewed at the hatch which must've retained the smell of the food. I've had no problems before and I know that there are rats around. I sprayed the hatch with Mr Muscle and bleach and then washed it down in oder to remove the smell. Just a warning to others to try and remove the smells there if you open the hatch. I hope this works!

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        • #5
          A quick tip which is not only free but also is a lot safer for you and any pets you may have, is using herbal tinctures to keep the rats away.


          Rats, along with some species of flies and other creepy crawlies, really don't like the smell of mint and lavender. If you have got any mint or lavender at home, plant some around your HOTBIN and dry, grind and boil the leaves until the water starts to turn a deep amber to make a tincture. Allow the mixture to cool and put it in a spray bottle and spray around the HOTBIN and even on the surface. This should deter the rats from the HOTBIN in a natural and safe way.


          Species of mint that are very pungent are:

          Black pepper mint

          Spearmint

          Cat mint - which is also great if you have feline fur babies!



          You can also use expanding foam and wire wool to keep them away. For some reason, rats really dislike the feeling of the wire wool - it must prickle their paws. Stick some to the vulnerable areas of your HOTBIN to keep them away.

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