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    I have got two large Haveaheart cages around the estuary looking for ferrets, hogs and rats. I haven’t had a ferret in a couple of months but the hogs and occasional rats keep on coming in. I haven’t got any great rat pictures as both of the property owners are shooting them and biffing them in the tide. Both cages have hair triggers and a rat trips them easy. Maybe a large cage and a variety of stinky bait will pull in your wise old rat. I know a couple of guys down the street that always use smaller cages to catch rats around their sheds – I have never used my small cage as I prefer a kill trap.

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    Pea sized blobs of peanut butter mixed with plaster of Paris will do the trick
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    Peanut butter is next to useless in NZ, not many peanut trees around these parts.

    Same as deer, they don't eat bananas - but have the species they gravitate to in their patch. Have you got a vege garden with berries, fruit trees in your area? Compost bin? Orchards nearby?

    Bait your traps with that. I have been most successful with chunks of apple even in the off-season for apples - seems the rodents in our parts have developed a real taste for summer pip fruits. By comparison, peanut butter has got possibly 2 mice and no rats? I went the full home alone on one rat that took up residence in my kitchen cabinetry before I gapped filled it, had about 30 traps set with a variety of baits. Bloody thing went past 29 and it was the apple that got him, made a straight line for it and didn't even look at anything else. Lesson learned, apple it is...
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    Update on the rats, seems things have gone all quiet since poison was laid. Rats were happy to feed off the poison wherever it was placed but wouldn't touch the stuff which was placed on the traps. Massive thanks to @Kiwi-Hunter for sending that up for me. Just waiting on the smell now to find where they are rotting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pook View Post
    Update on the rats, seems things have gone all quiet since poison was laid. Rats were happy to feed off the poison wherever it was placed but wouldn't touch the stuff which was placed on the traps. Massive thanks to @Kiwi-Hunter for sending that up for me. Just waiting on the smell now to find where they are rotting.
    If they are residing in nests outside which is quite likely they will be, you might not find them at all. We regularly disturb burrows full of mini rats, counted 28 in one that we found when pushing a dead avo stump out.

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    for ones that are running around shed and wont take bait 2 bits of 8x1 bored to take a 50mm plastic pipe so it can be put against the wall with no gap on wall side makes them run through it , pipe wants to be about 600mm long with hole drilled in the top side halfway along just big enough for a 80lb mono or braid line to fit through.leave against wall with some flour at each end on the ground to see when they start running through pipe.once they using it as a path set mono as a running loop inside pipe out through hole up over a peg down to a balanced weight looping the line as it comes out of the pipe before it goes over peg to trip weight to fall ending ratus free run.

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    For rats into the chook and calf feed we would mix some fine stuff up with plaster of Paris, about 2:1 ratio I think, the 1 being the plaster. Takes a hard cast of their lower intestine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berg243 View Post
    for ones that are running around shed and wont take bait 2 bits of 8x1 bored to take a 50mm plastic pipe so it can be put against the wall with no gap on wall side makes them run through it , pipe wants to be about 600mm long with hole drilled in the top side halfway along just big enough for a 80lb mono or braid line to fit through.leave against wall with some flour at each end on the ground to see when they start running through pipe.once they using it as a path set mono as a running loop inside pipe out through hole up over a peg down to a balanced weight looping the line as it comes out of the pipe before it goes over peg to trip weight to fall ending ratus free run.

    Sounds interesting - but i found it hard to follow your explanation.

    Any chance of a photo?
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    How big is your place? the duck shooters i know bait some cheap grain and then they spotlight them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    Pea sized blobs of peanut butter mixed with plaster of Paris will do the trick
    That was the method my Grandmother used - she grew up in the depression and didn't mess around with rodents
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin358 View Post
    i just googled that stuff. No way, its a bit dangerous
    Ha ha , so did I , yeehaa!, and , yes , no matter how you look at it thats the main attraction :-))))
    Vegetarians Bah !! . If god didn't want us to eat animals he wouldn't have made them out of meat ! .

 

 

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