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    Equally off topic... like you say rats are tricky - i had one that was near enough to a flatmate for months on end, a big f..ker with plenty of arrogance too. traps didn't work on him and i ended up having the 22 with me both upstairs in the living area or downstairs in the workshop, thinking it would be easier to fix a single hole than put up with his damage (2 in the morning its chew chew in the wall then water is pouring out from behind the gib . and the list goes on). so one evening i spotted him on the window ledge downstairs by the lathe - ok i think, if i have to get the window as well... last second he moved along a bit and snuck in to the back of the fridge (you could see him behind the condensor) - weighing up further sleep deprivation or a new fridge i decided its the rat at (almost) any cost. He was onto me though because everytime i was about to shoot him he'd wriggle in a bit more . next move was heaps of barricading with ply so the only way out was past the 22. i got the fire extinguisher handy then lit some news paper and slid it under the fridge and waited - sure enough he poked his nose out but saw me and went back into the workings... so we all know what the next stage is/was. next morning was spent cleaning Dry Powder off the lathe and amazingly on the window ledge were his powdery prints, he never came back though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jato View Post
    Equally off topic... like you say rats are tricky - i had one that was near enough to a flatmate for months on end, a big f..ker with plenty of arrogance too. traps didn't work on him and i ended up having the 22 with me both upstairs in the living area or downstairs in the workshop, thinking it would be easier to fix a single hole than put up with his damage (2 in the morning its chew chew in the wall then water is pouring out from behind the gib . and the list goes on). so one evening i spotted him on the window ledge downstairs by the lathe - ok i think, if i have to get the window as well... last second he moved along a bit and snuck in to the back of the fridge (you could see him behind the condensor) - weighing up further sleep deprivation or a new fridge i decided its the rat at (almost) any cost. He was onto me though because everytime i was about to shoot him he'd wriggle in a bit more . next move was heaps of barricading with ply so the only way out was past the 22. i got the fire extinguisher handy then lit some news paper and slid it under the fridge and waited - sure enough he poked his nose out but saw me and went back into the workings... so we all know what the next stage is/was. next morning was spent cleaning Dry Powder off the lathe and amazingly on the window ledge were his powdery prints, he never came back though.
    I wanted to have a rat when I was a child. But my mother is very afraid of rats and mouses, so I knew that if brought a rat home, I would live with it outside

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    So its rat season again and they are back in droves... due to past experiences i've developed a zero tolerance approach this winter, but there are consequences to that... literally a dozen traps set (some real expensive never fail types ) with every possible bait and so far its one caught out of about 30 misfires and half a dozen skirmishes in the workshop. sleep deprivation adds to the intensity of the battles too. so late last night Jenny (beardie workshop mate) was circling the lathe and it didn't take long to work out it was hiding amongst the headstock drive...out with a few spanners and a couple of panels off and there it is wedged up out of reach (jenny doing backflips and egging me on) so i reached in and grabbed its tail and pulled and it quickly went to 4wd low ratio and pulled too - none of us gave in and eventually a shortened rat ran off... so washed up and off to bed muttering about effin rats. 4am and there's more commotion downstairs which ended with the rat hiding in the engine bay of the truck (the stakes move up a level or two now) lifted the bonnet and there it is - so what do you do ? you grab the f...er , which i did and of course it sunk its dirty teeth into me down to the thumb bone. i briefly let it go then thought F you and grabbed it again and passed it to jenny. so now theres only about 15 rats left but i spent the day in town getting cleaned/patched vaccinated and invoiced... any thoughts? poison is not an option re Jenny

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    Whenever my cat catches a rat (or any other prey) she likes to bring it inside and then let it go so she can chase it around the place in the middle of the night...guess who has to catch the bloody thing and biff it out? Gee thanks pussycat!
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    I put poison down in areas our animals can't get to. I also tie the baits onto a wire so i can pull it out to see if it's still there.
    Under the house edges is a good spot.
    The dogs historically haven't touched poisoned rats. Don't know why - smell ?
    The baits make the rat dehydrated, you'll often find them by a water source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumph View Post
    I put poison down in areas our animals can't get to. I also tie the baits onto a wire so i can pull it out to see if it's still there.
    Under the house edges is a good spot.
    The dogs historically haven't touched poisoned rats. Don't know why - smell ?
    The baits make the rat dehydrated, you'll often find them by a water source.
    Some baits do others cause the blood not to clot.
    Cholecalciferol is supposed to have a low risk of secondary and causes increased thrist.
    Warfarin is also a low secondary poisoning risk
    You can also use a bait station.
    i would have thought the last issue you would have was not enough rodent eaters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by husaberg View Post
    Some baits do others cause the blood not to clot.
    Cholecalciferol is supposed to have a low risk of secondary and causes increased thrist.
    Warfarin is also a low secondary poisoning risk
    You can also use a bait station.
    i would have thought the last issue you would have was not enough rodent eaters.

    I use compost bins which are sealed from terrestrial animules but open to the ground. Some also have air holes in them - not too big but still holes. Despite only putting vegetable waste in the bins, the rats always turn up anyway. Their tracks are obvious so when I see 'em I drop in a few baits...or ten. There must be some big mothers of rats out there judging by the last corpse I found yesterday. Don't often find the dead but this was a doozy.
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    I'll look into the "safe" poisons but having had a bad experience with secondary poisoning i have previously vowed never again... I guess i could stray into the spca and see if they've got any monster ginger tom-cats...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katman View Post
    I reminder distinctly .




    Kinky is using a feather. Perverted is using the whole chicken

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