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Rats!!! ?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Kinjilabs, Jul 20, 2017.


  1. Kinjilabs

    Kinjilabs PetForums VIP

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    We have an infestation of rats running just outside our back door, haven't been to the council yet as I don't think they will bait them with poison because if the dog?
    Anyone know of any other ways of getting rid of them?
    Any deterrents worked for anyone?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Sled dog hotel

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    Worth speaking to the council they have special bait traps if they know dogs are on the properly where the rats can get in and eat the bait but dogs cant so its safe.
    Trouble is even if they are outside, if you leave the back door open they can often find their way in.
     
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    The main things you can do are

    1. Identify where the rats are coming in / where their nest is.
    2. Eliminate food supply.
    3. Ensure there is no easily available water (dripping tap, bird bath etc) - Rats can not survive for long without water.
    4. Make sure there is nowhere they can hide, if they have no where to hide they will soon leave for as long as the food source is not too easily get-able.
     
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  4. Kinjilabs

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    Thanks, we can see where they are running, no food source on our side of the hedge, water is a problem as we have a pond right where they run, as for no where to hide that's difficult as there's high hedges either side of our garden.
    I am going to ring the council tomorrow, we have put poison in the hole where they are coming from but it's obviously not strong enough to kill them !
     
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    I think I remember reading or hearing somewhere that rats seem to have become immune to certain poisons. How long have you had it down for, I think too a lot works slowly over a few days rather then being instant.
     
  6. rona

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    Borrow a terrier ;)
     
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    We have been putting it down for a couple of weeks now, maybe the shop bought stuff isn't strong enough, just seen a bloody big one!
     
  8. Kinjilabs

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    Would need a pack of Terriers the amount of rats Ive seen!
    Worries me because Bertie chases them!
     
  9. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    Have you any rat packs around you?
     
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    Don't think so, we do have the Hunt hounds though, perhaps we could borrow all 40 of them ;)
     
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  11. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    The hunt should know if there's a rat pack about :D
     
  12. Kinjilabs

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    I will ask when I go by tomorrow, don't know what Bertie would think to it though :rolleyes:
     
  13. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    My first Golden used to join in :eek:

    Then go out the next day picking up pheasants with the softest of mouths
     
  14. Kinjilabs

    Kinjilabs PetForums VIP

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    I'm sure Bertie would join in but really don't want him eating rats! and believe me he would eat one!:Arghh
     
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    The one we found today! bloody big!!!!
     
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    I wonder if something about this year has made rat populations thrive? I live in a grubby urban area where you know there are probably tons of rats but you dont see them....but lately Ive seen quite a few dead ones on the roads and pavements. Also was walking through my local hospital grounds yesterday and a huge fat rat ran across the grass about 2ft away from me!:Wideyed
     
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    I've lived here for 35 years and for the first time this summer we've had rats in our gardens.

    My ex-stray cat has had 6 and my other cat who goes out, has had 1. I think what is happening is that neighbours have put poison under sheds etc and then the cats are picking them off as they're dying as they go very weak first. So my garden is kind of the rat disposal unit which is better than one of the gardens with dogs at least.

    The poison can take a week or so to work - apparently rats think about stuff for a while before they eat it.

    We've not seen any for over a week now so hopefully they've gone for now at least.

    One of my neighbours did ring the Council and they quoted £70 to send pest control out. I'm not sure how that would work if they only put the poison in 1 garden?

    I know poison has been put in at least 3 gardens and probably a lot more as not everyone talks about it.
     
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    Must be a worry if you have pets that like to eat vermin. What if they eat a rat that's full of poison!?
     
  19. Calvine

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    @Kinjilabs: Cats are a fine deterrent, but your dog might not appreciate the presence of a cat.
     
  20. Calvine

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    Some of them are huge...this was one that our cat at the stables caught. The shovel is 15'' across to give you some idea!
     

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