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    Farking rats

    I've been trapping rodents around our Urban house for years. We have a small creek running down a boundary with monster bamboo on a neighbours property we also have some free range chooks. This winter the rat numbers have for the first time been very low. I can't nail one at all so thats good for the Pewakawaka. Except we have a rat in the bedroom wall. It turns up every morning around 3-4.00am and bangs around. I cannot catch it. There's traps in the roof space and under the house and along the creek. I'm using peanut butter, cheese, mayo, fruit all with no result. We are sleeping in the lounge to get a decent nights sleep. I am considering one of those ultrasonic deterrents. Do they work? do they give you cancer? do they drive your chooks mad? I'm on the verge of smashing holes in the gib board.
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    Try sultanas for bait, works well for me with rats and mice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dermastor View Post
    I've been trapping rodents around our Urban house for years. We have a small creek running down a boundary with monster bamboo on a neighbours property we also have some free range chooks. This winter the rat numbers have for the first time been very low. I can't nail one at all so thats good for the Pewakawaka. Except we have a rat in the bedroom wall. It turns up every morning around 3-4.00am and bangs around. I cannot catch it. There's traps in the roof space and under the house and along the creek. I'm using peanut butter, cheese, mayo, fruit all with no result. We are sleeping in the lounge to get a decent nights sleep. I am considering one of those ultrasonic deterrents. Do they work? do they give you cancer? do they drive your chooks mad? I'm on the verge of smashing holes in the gib board.
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    those ultrasonic units are crap. in fact the one i opened up contained an actual paper coned speaker not a transducer and was incapable of producing ultrasonic frequencies.
    get a cat !

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    Chemical warfare is required. Poison the bugger.
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    Overkill is still dead.

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    I've got poison in my trap stations but its not touched though this has worked in the past. Can't put out free poison because of the chooks. I feel like smashing a hole in the wall and dropping some poison in there. Get a cat yeah right I have enough problems with my neigbours ones killing all the birds.

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    Thermal and or IR gamecam? Try to suss out its movements/routines, and hatch a plan?
    Identify your target beyond all doubt

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    Metal skewer through the gib board for the one in the wall
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    Try and find its entry/exit point. Hopefully then you can prevent entry. Its maybe a female looking to make more rats.

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    Have ya got one of those predators with four legs go meow an only really wanna know ya when they want something? We had mice etc, since we have had this catapuss creature thing rodents are near non existence.
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    Juvenile rat most likely. In my experience the little buggers get in there and run amok for a few weeks then eventually get sick of squeezing through the ever-smaller gaps. We get that every now and then, drives the cat absolutely mental for a day or two until we have silence...

    As far as getting the bugger, they get a little cunning because they are used to human scent etc so that doesn't drive them into a set pattern of avoidance of humans. If you don't have entry and exit points located (there will be multiple of these) that makes it really hard. The main tactical advantage you can get for trapping and poisoning is placing the poison where the buggers fall over it and can't help but take a bite or step into the kill zone. Can you identify what their main food source is in the area? A bit hard with chooks about as they get into the chookhouse and flog the pellets and scrap, and any spare eggs. Makes it a little hard to narrow down a go-to for baiting, for example at the right time of the year we get them on apples other times tomato etc etc. Avos go good too, but that's seasonal tucker on a lifestyle block...

 

 

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