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Rats bait

Postby JohnN » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:59 am

Can anyone recommend a guaranteed deadly rat poison? My next door neighbour has just had his aviary destroyed by rats, knawing through a wooden wall. They killed 16 canaries and two nests with chicks in. He's been putting so-called "bait" down for ages - it disappeared steadily and he thought it was working, but then found a pile of it stored under a flower pot!
They'll have a go at anything - he saw a dove take off from his garden - with a rat hanging on to its foot! :evil:
Funny thing is when I put an old-fashioned trap down, only 15 yards from his aviary, it didn't catch anything.
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Re: Rats bait

Postby alan refail » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:28 pm

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This is what I use. They eat it rather than taking it away. It can be wired inside sections of plastic downpipe to ensure they eat it in situ.

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Re: Rats bait

Postby Motherwoman » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:54 pm

Rats will keep storing bait rather than eating it at this time of year as there's still other food around so perversely if you stop putting some down for a few days they'll eat what they've stored.
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Re: Rats bait

Postby tracie » Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:07 pm

Rats and Mice love peanut butter, mix some of the poison with this and they will eat it all. You can wrap the mix in cling film if you want to keep it dry this time of year, they will still eat it.

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Re: Rats bait

Postby Geoff » Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:35 pm

I use Tomcat too but it does suggest you don't use it continuously. Might be worth checking that the active ingredient your neighbour is using is different before switching to this. I use it tied into pieces of pipe as Alan suggests.
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Re: Rats bait

Postby robo » Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:21 am

I have been over run with rats around and in my chicken coup, I have tried all sorts of poisons even got the council rat man with his poison boxes but they will not touch them I have been using the cheap poison from wilkies £2 per box as fast as I put it down it goes and the number of rats has declined I can tell by the number of holes they dig but the best I have found is from these www.gluetraps.co.uk they are sticky cardboard rat catchers and they work I caught 3 in 2 days and a mouse but they are not cheap then again they are better than I am with my brothers riffle
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Re: Rats bait

Postby LittleShrub » Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:04 pm

trracie wrote:Rats and Mice love peanut butter, mix some of the poison with this and they will eat it all. You can
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That sounds like a great idea. I'll give that a go as they can't really store peanut butter so they'll have to eat it right away. All the other poisons I've put down I seem to find stored in a corner somewhere.
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Re: Rats bait

Postby Primrose » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:39 pm

Found this one accidentally on youtube. Interesting idea!

https://youtu.be/6SIlYiiCGLI
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Re: Rats bait

Postby robo » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:30 pm

Try pollyfiller mixed with breadcrumbs and a bit of peanut butter ,the rats can't regurgitate they eat the pollyfiller it's sets in their stomach kills and stuffs them all in one go
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Re: Rats bait

Postby nemo » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:25 pm

I have used this. get a bag of skim coat[hard wall] plaster mix I part skim coat with 5 parts whole meal flour leave a good bowl of water near feed they eat the hard wall drink the water hard wall goes solid inside them it kind of cruel but works like a dream. old type fluorescent tubes [these have mercury in them] grind them into a fairly fine powder add wholemeal flour . if you drill a 50mm hole in centre of a 500mm length of plastic sewer pipe the rat bait can be put in the 50mm hole . the pipe can be rotated so the 50mm hole is rotated so no rain can get in and only rats and mice can access the bait, use proper PPE gloves, dust masks etc
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Re: Rats bait

Postby Stephen » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:52 pm

I love the pipe idea with bait in the middle. Something like that could sit behind the shed very nicely. It would be precautionary, as they are only a minor issue. I have only seen dead ones but my neighbour says they are tunnelling in his compost (hardly surprising, that may be the warmest spot).

How would one make it accessible to rats but not hedgehogs?
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