Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Re: Rat Bastard!
Rats are extremely cautious with new items in their area. If you're going to trap place a unsprung trap baited with fish oil (from a can of tuna works) in their trail. They travel the same path just about every time. They have very poor vision but can sense movement. To compensate they have excellent hearing and smell. Leave the trap unsprung for a few days for them to get used to it. Their trail is marked by grease smears from their fur, urine and droppings. After a few days set the trap. Hopefully you'll see a smashed rat. Again, they're very cautious. Not like mice that are very curious and can be caught with an unbaited trap placed in their runs. And it only takes a hole the size of a dime for a mouse to get through. Rats can come through a hole the size of a quarter. Poison can work with rats as well. But it's best to put the poison in a closed container- they don't like to stop and eat where they're exposed to the eyes of predators. Solid blocks of poison are the best because it's easier to tell if they've been fed on. Of course mice will feed on them too, which is good, but may lead you to believe you're making headway on the rats when that is not the case. Poison can also be consumed by non-target species- cats, dogs, etc.
Good luck. Rats are tough to get rid of but with persistence you can do it.
And that concludes my pest control seminar of the day!
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