So, research and a chat with Jack has garnered me these options:
2. rat traps
3. sealing up the hole*
4. not composting anymore proteins* (I'll feel bad just tossing them though!)
5. peppermint oil sprayed all around bin
6. planting mint all around bin
7. turning compost more regularly* (I need a pitchfork!)
8. keeping compost more moist*
9. burying the scraps deeper in bin*
10. a WORM bin?!?!
11. Bokashi system
*- these things I can and will do regardless
On 10 & 11: I can't in good conscience just put all my protein/cooked food scraps in the trash! I'll have to do it for awhile I guess until I come up with an alternate system, but I need an alternate system! I could get a worm bin, but dude, it's a box of worms in yr house that you feed regularly. Creep central. The worms they recommend, get this, are called RED WIGGLERS. I don't think I can do it.
Bokashi is something I just learned about online. It's a mixture of wheat germ and molasses and water and some microorganisms (microorganisms supposedly available at Whole Foods). You can make it yourself. You need a special bucket, but you can make one for yourself if you're industrious. You layer the stuff with any kind of food trash, it doesn't matter what. Once the bucket is full, you leave it covered for 2 weeks. (the idea is to have two buckets that you alternate). Once it sits, the food trash has effectively been pickled, rendering it very unappealing to critters, so it is safe to put into the the compost without attracting unwanted visitors. It's also supposed to not be smelly in yr house while it's in the bucket and not be smelly in the compost either.
I've also read that bokashi can be used to feed chickens with and as cat litter that you can ultimately compost as well.
Not sure about spending the money to decompose my food trash on a regular basis. Wheat germ and molasses and this EM stuff aren't the cheapest ingredients I can imagine, and it seems as though you'd have to make it and remake it fairly frequently. This will be a sticking point for Bry as well.
On a lighter note: I'm going to attempt to grow pumpkins. I don't think they were planted at the right time to hit Halloween, but if this year goes well, I could time it better next year.
Any thoughts or insights are appreciated.