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    Own Land? Have Rats?

    Owning land can come with unwanted "guests". After having little luck catching big wood rats with traps I came up with this idea. It's like a rat trap garage, it covers the trap on the top and three sides so the rat can only enter at the business end of the trap. It's never been set off without having a rat in it. I use a shinny stainless steel wood screw secured to the bait plate and cut a little apple to screw onto the that for the bait.
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    That is a BIG rat
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    I've used this for years. Don't know what happens, it gets gone and I never see any rats any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
    That is a BIG rat
    And that's the smaller of the two I got last week.
    We had tried fabric softener sheets which was supposed to work for keeping them out of an area (under the seat of my dozer), the rat gathered them up and made a nest out of them!
    Then we used poison bait but it was discouraged because birds and predators get the dead poisoned rodent and then they die. Now our two cats take care of most of the rodent problem but we have several out buildings that are closed up most of the time, the cats can't get in but the rodents do, then the rat trap 3000 comes into play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I've used this for years. Don't know what happens, it gets gone and I never see any rats any more.

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    The problem with poisons is that a) that dead animal could end up anywhere, and STINK while it rots, b) you don't know what might end up eating that rat and end up being poisoned itself, and c) you have no way to keep animals OTHER than rats from eating it. Of course, the -reason- that rat poison works is because they lack the ability to vomit it up as it starts to make them sick like another animal could.

    The best "have-a-heart" trap out there is the one with a cold steel bar that smacks them on the back of the head. It's over before there's any cruelty or suffering.
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    I also use a rat trap in a box......

    I use an enclosed box with a 2" diameter hole in the door on the business end of the trap....
    This way I can keep grew squirrels out and still get the chipmunks under the bird feeder....
    Chipmunks can be as or more destructive as rats in buildings, equipment and such....
    I have 0 tolerance for them here... As they have caused costly repair problems with machinery....

    I also learned to tie down traps with a strong cord... If something wants to consume
    the critter in the trap, that is OK..... Just don't drag the trap away where I can't find it..

    Good hunting.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I've used this for years. Don't know what happens, it gets gone and I never see any rats any more.

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    I'm a big fan of poison also. I don't worry about things eating the poisoned rats. Dogs and cats don't really eat them...they just play with them a little. Anything else is like pissing on a forest fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psrumors View Post
    That is a BIG rat
    Dem's good eatin' in Thailand, or so I've heard.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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