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Rat: Trap or Poison #4673926
02/21/18 11:27 PM
02/21/18 11:27 PM
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WhyMe Offline OP
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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?

Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673929
02/21/18 11:31 PM
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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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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673930
02/21/18 11:32 PM
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They both work, but the trap is safer (for kids, pets, other animals) and more fun.


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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673934
02/21/18 11:36 PM
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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.

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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673935
02/21/18 11:40 PM
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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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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673936
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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.

//

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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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673937
02/21/18 11:41 PM
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D-Con works REALLY well...... for making green rat turds.

This is the best trap:





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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673939
02/21/18 11:41 PM
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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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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673945
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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: gathermewool] #4673955
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WhyMe Offline OP
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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

Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: Linctex] #4673957
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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673972
02/22/18 12:18 AM
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Don't want a bucket of drowned mice do deal with. I just want them gone.


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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673981
02/22/18 12:36 AM
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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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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: WhyMe] #4673986
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I saw the title and thought this was a thread about 80's glam metal bands!


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Re: Rat: Trap or Poison [Re: Linctex] #4673999
02/22/18 02:26 AM
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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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