Composition without attracting animals

Asked May 8, 2020, 6:33 PM EDT

I’m just about to start composting for the first time and I want to make sure not to attract mice, rats, cats, coyotes, rabbits, etc. I won’t be composting any animal products at all. Do you have any suggestions for the type of composting bin or contents to be avoided to eliminate attracting animals? I live in a suburban area with these animals around. Thanks, David Frieder

Arapahoe County Colorado

1 Response

CSU has a Fact Sheet on composting:

https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/composting-yard-waste-7-212/

It includes materials to use and avoid, location, structures, and how to compost effectively.

These other links are helpful to those who are beginners and also in understanding the C:N ratio for composting:

https://sustainability.psu.edu/sites/default/files/documents/19_home_composting.pdf

https://extension2.missouri.edu/g6956

The large plastic compost containers are the most secure from rodents and other animals. If you Google "large plastic compost bins" and view images, you will see there are a lot of different types available. Most might be through mail order, but some you may be able to find locally.