Rats - yet again !

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Rats - yet again !

Postby Primrose » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:56 pm

Forgive me for raising this perennial problem again but they are always with us, aren't they?

How long does it take for rat bait to work? After an absence of several months, one or more rats is regularly visiting our garden again and I'm worrying about them urinating on my vegetable patch. My husband baited 3 boxes on Saturday. They were all empty this morning but Ratto still lively and chasing magpies round the lawn, showing no sign of poisoning whatsoever.

Does anybody know where you can buy commercial strength bait?. I'm beginning to think the stuff you can buy over the counter just doesn't work any more
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Postby robo » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:10 pm

Primrose, I find you have to use a different poison each time I buy some I think the rats become immune to a particular poison if used over and over
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Re: Rats - yet again !

Postby Monika » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:56 pm

Primrose, can you not call in a professional? We and our immediate neighbour saw a rat in the garden about two months ago, called a 'rat catcher' who came the same day, placed some bait boxes in the dry stone walls, then called twice more, a week apart each time, to check on the boxes and we have not seen a big furry friend again. My daughter, in another village and directly next to a farm, did the same and the beasties have gone, for the time being, anyway.
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Re: Rats - yet again !

Postby tomdhu » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:01 pm

Afraid I cannot agree with the use of poison baits. It inevitably means that the rats and mice ingest the poison and it takes time to work. So they stagger around looking for water and they get picked up by the likes of barn owls who in turn become poisoned. This is one reason that the barn owl numbers have declined so catastrophically in the last 10 years. There is a write up about it at https://trapbarn.com
OK, these guys have a vested interest in traps but they do appear to be an environmentally responsible way of eliminating rats
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