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#4673926 - 02/21/18 10:27 PM Rat: Trap or Poison
WhyMe Offline


Registered: 12/18/12
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i think i have a rat in my garage. i can hear it moving. i have a lot of stuff stored in that area and can't see it. i would like to get rid of it .

Which is more effective. Poison or trap?

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#4673929 - 02/21/18 10:31 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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Dab of cheap peanut butter on trap. I got 10 in three days. Had same issue. Patched a hole with 0000 steel wool and sprayed peppermint oil and they no mas.
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#4673930 - 02/21/18 10:32 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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They both work, but the trap is safer (for kids, pets, other animals) and more fun.
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#4673934 - 02/21/18 10:36 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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Both!

Some rats will not go near a trap, some do not go for the poison.

We use a bait station made from 16" of 3" ABS pipe with a bait block wired in the middle. Domestic pets cannot get to the bait, but even Rat-attack seems to take more than one feeding to work.

Traps are fine, IF the rat approaches it from the right direction, if not they get a free ride followed by a free meal.


Edited by expat (02/21/18 10:38 PM)

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#4673935 - 02/21/18 10:40 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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I don't want my dog to eat a poison-filled rat, so I would go with traps.
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#4673936 - 02/21/18 10:40 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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Rats are too smart for traps. Are you sure it's not a mouse?

I just caught three mice in a week with traps - they're curious buggers. We had a specialist come in, but he refused the job, because he said he didn't see any evidence that we had an issue, and that he would probably have to charge me $225 for the job, and might not catch anything based on his observations (minimal poops and the number I'd caught and see on webcams - none since catching the three.)

I haven't seen any activity on webcam and no mice in traps, so, fingers crossed, I'm good to go.

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Poison always worries me, because then they might go somewhere to die where you can't easily get them. Then you've got a rotting rat corpse stuffed away somewhere inaccessible. Kids/dogs/other pets? Also no go for poison.

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#4673937 - 02/21/18 10:41 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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D-Con works REALLY well...... for making green rat turds.

This is the best trap:



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#4673939 - 02/21/18 10:41 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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If you use poison make sure you use it with a bait box it will keep kids and pets out of the poison.
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#4673945 - 02/21/18 10:49 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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#4673955 - 02/21/18 11:01 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: gathermewool]
WhyMe Offline


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Originally Posted By: gathermewool
Rats are too smart for traps. Are you sure it's not a mouse?

I just caught three mice in a week with traps - they're curious buggers. We had a specialist come in, but he refused the job, because he said he didn't see any evidence that we had an issue, and that he would probably have to charge me $225 for the job, and might not catch anything based on his observations (minimal poops and the number I'd caught and see on webcams - none since catching the three.)

I haven't seen any activity on webcam and no mice in traps, so, fingers crossed, I'm good to go.

//

Poison always worries me, because then they might go somewhere to die where you can't easily get them. Then you've got a rotting rat corpse stuffed away somewhere inaccessible. Kids/dogs/other pets? Also no go for poison.


not 100% sure. long time ago i did find a dead rat when i cleaned up the same area. i can hear it occasioanly when i am working in the garage. its been pretty cold here for the last few months. i think they got in when i open the garage as my house is brick and concrete. drive bys don't scare me

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#4673957 - 02/21/18 11:03 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: Linctex]
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#4673972 - 02/21/18 11:18 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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Don't want a bucket of drowned mice do deal with. I just want them gone.
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#4673981 - 02/21/18 11:36 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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I caught two huge rats under my house last winter. Trying to setup a little breeding ground. Got them both with a trap and peanut butter.
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#4673986 - 02/21/18 11:53 PM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe]
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I saw the title and thought this was a thread about 80's glam metal bands!
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#4673999 - 02/22/18 01:26 AM Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: Linctex]
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
D-Con works REALLY well...... for making green rat turds.

This is the best trap:





Some good ways to catch them there...
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