mice in compost bins
We have a home composting demonstration site within an
organic garden located in the middle of a conference center. We have wooden open
top compost bins, closed top commercial Earth Machine bin, and a few others.
Yard waste makes up 98% of the materials in the bins, the rest is coffee
grounds and a tiny amount of food waste. The buildings have mice problems.
Food is served in the buildings for conference groups, and there is a dining
hall. The exterminator has indicated that the compost piles are the "mice
buffet" and suggests they be moved or removed. I have seen mice in the compost
piles, but I have also seen mice disappearing into holes in the ground in
various landscaped areas, not just in the garden. Can someone please
help me save the home composting demo site and provide me
with suggestions for changing the bins and/or arguments as to why the bins
may not be the real problem? Thank you.
1008 19th Avenue South